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UWF begins exchange program with university in China

The University of West Florida signed an agreement on Feb. 15 to exchange students, collaborate on research projects and promote cultural and academic programs with Sichuan International Studies University (SISU), located in Chongqing, China.

UWF and SISU have agreed to an array of student exchange programs, including semester, full-year and special short-term courses of study focusing on the language and culture of the host institution.

“China sends more students to the United States than any other country in the world,” said Rachel Errington, director of UWF’s Diversity and International Education and Programs. “Our students definitely have a desire to study in China, as well. Receiving students from China is a great benefit.”

Both universities will also examine the possibility of cooperating in individual and joint research. This can involve exchange of staff and visits to share information and work toward a common goal.

UWF and SISU plan to cooperate on enhancing existing academic programs at both schools, as well as the development of new programs at one or both of the institutions.

The two universities will also seek opportunities to establish and enhance links between business and cultural organizations in Pensacola, Fla. and Chongqing, China.

The agreement is valid for five years and may be renewed.

UWF currently has 37 similar programs in 19 different countries.