SFU President’s Office: SFU’s dual degree programs featured on Ministers’ China mission

March 30, 2015

This week, Applied Sciences Dean Nimal Rajapakse and I join BC Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson and Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat on their trade mission to China.

Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Guy Saint-Jacques, will also participate in the mission which includes representatives from a number of BC post-secondary institutions.

The delegation and I will travel to Beijing and Hangzhou to engage with key academic and government partners, and to promote BC’s growing education, digital media, clean technology and life sciences sectors.

For SFU, it’s an opportunity to affirm and strengthen longstanding educational and research relationships in China, as well as to explore new opportunities.

Highlights of the trip will include visits to Zhejiang University (ZJU) and the Communication University of China (CUC), two institutions with whom we offer pioneering dual-degree programs.  

The SFU-Zhejiang University Dual Degree Program in Computing Science, which celebrates its ten year anniversary this fall, is Canada’s first international undergraduate dual degree program.

And last year SFU and CUC broke more new ground by launching a first-of-its-kind Master of Arts Double Degree Program in Global Communication.

Both programs have been honoured with awards for achievement in international education, and I’m delighted to be able to showcase them to the delegation, and to engage with students and officials from both universities.

The delegation will also meet with the China Scholarship Council, which provides important funding to enable Chinese students to pursue graduate studies at SFU and other Canadian universities.

In addition, Dean Rajapakse and I will explore opportunities for collaboration with the National Natural Science Foundation of China, which supports international research and development.  

It promises to be an enlightening and, yes, “engaging” visit for SFU and our provincial colleagues.