SUNY Announces New China Partnership for Business Education

April 5, 2012

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission to create a SUNY-operated executive education program for service industry executives from Jiangsu Province. Programs will be developed in partnership with SUNY campuses and take place at campus locations throughout New York.

"This partnership will boost the New York State economy by bringing business executives from China to our campuses and building business connections with New York companies,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY’s systemness and vast intellectual resources make New York an important learning and business development destination for international experts, as evidenced by this partnership and others. The business education program will build upon our existing relationship with China and enhance several system-wide initiatives."  

Executive Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province Li Yunfeng said "Jiangsu Province is pleased to recognize the growing collaboration between Jiangsu Province and New York State. Following our visits to the SUNY Global Center, we appreciate SUNY's ability to provide high-quality educational programs for our service industry."

Jiangsu is New York's sister state in China and has the largest economy of any Chinese province. Key sectors targeted by this new partnership include Financial Services, Creative Industries, Service Industries, Logistics, and Environmental Science, among others.

The programs will be administered by the SUNY Levin Institute, which has developed and implemented many education programs for adults and business executives, and will engage faculty and local businesses through connections such as SUNY's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network. The program is envisioned to create significant opportunity for New York businesses interested in exporting to and developing business relationships with China.  

SUNY has a long tradition of partnerships with Chinese institutions of higher education spanning many areas of collaboration, including dual and joint academic programs, research initiatives, study abroad, and exchange. Chinese students from are among the highest number of international students at SUNY each year. 

In addition, SUNY operates more Confucius Institutes than any educational system in the world, with locations at Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Levin Institute, College of Optometry, and Stony Brook University. Confucius Institutes are public institutions aligned with the Government of the People's Republic of China that aim to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching, and facilitate cultural exchanges.

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