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Chinese Education Minister Visits Bryant University With High Ranking Delegation To Sign Partnership Agreements

SMITHFIELD, R.I. , April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its VISION 2020 Strategic Plan and upward trajectory as a leader in international education, Bryant University is strengthening its unique educational joint partnerships with both the China University of Geosciences ( Wuhan) (CUG) and the Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai (BITZH). Led by Dr. Ping Hao, the Vice Minister of Education for the People's Republic of China, representatives from each institution, as well as representatives of the Chinese government, visited the university on April 7 th to execute new partnership agreements.

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Bryant is now among the ranks of an elite few U.S. universities that have significant alliances in China. For over 15 years, Bryant has pioneered several China-related initiatives including the joint venture agreement between Beijing Institute of Technology in Zhuhai, the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant, the Confucius Institute, and plans for the unprecedented reconstruction of an iconic replica of the Shu Fang Zhai on Bryant's campus.

"We are honored to welcome these leaders to our campus," said Machtley. "For over 15 years, we have forged partnerships between our university and higher learning institutions, cultural organizations, and government offices in China through our U.S.-China Institute and The Confucius Institute. Our vision is that Bryant's joint partnerships and Shu Fang Zhai reconstruction will create an even stronger bridge between our two nations, providing unique educational opportunities for students."

International education is a strategic initiative of Bryant, which more than a decade ago made a commitment to establish strong ties and relationships with universities and cultural organizations in China. The interconnectedness of nations, cultures, and economies creates opportunities for graduates who are prepared to meet the emerging needs of industry and society with Bryant's rigorous and innovative education. Bryant students are given an unparalleled opportunity to gain significant international experience and global perspectives. Bryant has become one of the leaders in international educational opportunities and is ranked 14 th in the nation for study abroad among its peers.            

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has 3,370 undergraduate students from 27 states and 54 countries. Bryant University regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, Forbes and Barron's. Visit www.Bryant.edu .

1150 Douglas Pike Smithfield, R.I. www.bryant.edu

CONTACT: Joshua Andrews, 1-201-498-1600 x112, jandrews@scompr.com

SOURCE Bryant University

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