President signs Asia deals

May 16, 2002, vol. 24, no. 2

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President Michael Stevenson's two week trip to Asia (April 28 - May 11) resulted in the confirmation of a number of new partnerships with educational institutions and played a key role in strengthening SFU's ties with international alumni.

The president visited Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Memoranda of understanding were signed with Malaysia's Sunway College, for future arrangements for Malaysian students to attend SFU; with Hong Kong University, for the creation of student exchanges in all fields; and with Hong Kong Baptist University, for the joint delivery of an SFU degree in business and communication. It's anticipated that 50 students a year may participate in the program, to be delivered entirely in Hong Kong.

SFU has also been invited, through the Vietnam government's teacher training project, to participate in the delivery of a master's degree program in that country. SFU's faculty of education is one of many universities from around the world to submit proposals for involvement, and is one of only two universities to be invited.

Stevenson, accompanied by Nello Angerilli, executive director of SFU international, and associate director Catherine Price, visited alumni groups in all four regions, including Vietnam, where SFU maintains close ties with alumni who participated in a CIDA-sponsored graduate scholarship program in the 1990s.

SFU has 1,200 alumni living in Hong Kong, 500 in Singapore and 250 in Malaysia. The approximately 20 alumni in Vietnam are primarily involved in teacher education and teacher development programs.

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