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International Education Symposium, Beijing, January 8, 2013

SAF opened 2013 with four professional development activities, held in three different countries: China, Korea and Japan.

On January 8, 2013, SAF China hosted its inaugural International Education Symposium in Beijing. Featured guest speakers included Danguo Miao, Senior Researcher from the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education; Zhixue Dong, Director of the Division of American Affairs, China Scholarship Council; Wei Lu, Director of the Office of National Pilot Software Engineering Schools, Ministry of Education; Runhui Lin, Deputy Director of the Office of International Academic Exchanges, Nankai University; Xinhua Deng, Deputy Director of the International Affairs Office, Beijing Jiaotong University; and Prof. John Belcher, SAF President and Co-CEO. Yifei Pan, a recent SAF alumna, also gave an eloquent presentation on her experiences studying abroad at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Unique to the International Education Symposium was the structured discussion portion of the program, in which participants formed groups and discussed varying topics in the field of international education. SAF was pleased with the level of useful debate and discussion displayed during this closing session.

Melissa Trahyn, International Education Symposia

SAF China Guangzhou Office Opens

The SAF China Guangzhou Office was established in May 2011. The office is located in downtown Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province and largest city in southern China. The Guangzhou Office is surrounded by several important SAF China member universities, making it a convenient location for university officials and their students.

The Guangzhou Office provides services to some of southern China’s top universities, including South China University of Technology, Jinan University, and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. It also provides services to universities in nearby provinces, such as Hunan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Central China Normal University.

Guangzhou Office Zoe and Vin
Zoe Wang, Project Manager for the Guangzhou Office, and Vin Su, Program Coordinator, look forward to assisting students attending SAF member universities with their study abroad plans. Zoe also asks SAF host member university representatives visiting Guangzhou to please make arrangements to stop by the office as well.

Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) and South China University of Technology (SCUT) represent the 30th and 31st SAF member universities in China.

Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU):  SNNU is one of China’s key universities as designated by the PRC Ministry of Education; it was named a “Project 211” university in 2006. It is an important university for fostering highly skilled teachers as well as educational administrative staff. It is regarded as “the cradle of teachers” in Northwest China.
Shaanxi Normal University
The university has a faculty of 2,850, among whom there are 1,421 with higher professional qualifications including 292 full professors, 452 associate professors and 194 doctoral supervisors; over 68% of faculty have degrees of MA or Ph.D. Student enrollment is more than 50,000 with 15,017 undergraduates, 6,688 graduate and doctoral students and nearly 40,000 students in SNNU’s Further Education College or Net-education College.  The university has 20 colleges and two foundation teaching departments, offering 62 undergraduate 159 master's degree programs and 69 doctoral programs.

South China University of Technology (SCUT)
:  SCUT is one of China's key universities operating under the direct leadership of the PRC Ministry of Education. SCUT is a participant of both “Project 985” and “Project 211” indicating the government’s recognition of the institution’s excellence in teaching and research.  This designation also signifies the Ministry of Education's commitment to the University that it will in the future have the necessary resources to allow SCUT to fulfill its potential of becoming a world-class university.

SCUT is situated in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province and has two campuses. A large number of SCUT alumni have become technology masters, distinguished entrepreneurs or leading government officials.  SCUT uses a multidisciplinary, integration-oriented approach to education and it is known across China as "a cradle of engineers" and "a cradle of entrepreneurs". 

Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT) joins as 28th member university in China (10/2010)

Recently the president of BUPT, Professor Fang Binxing, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAF to become the 28th Member University of SAF China.  BUPT and SAF will work together to promote student mobility internationally.

Directly administered by the Ministry of Education, BUPT is one of the first 61 universities that were listed in the “Project 211” universities in 1995. It is a research-oriented university focusing on information technology and telecommunications. It offers a wide range of subjects including engineering, management, humanities and sciences, and most of its subjects and disciplines are related to applied science and engineering. BUPT enjoys a nationwide reputation for innovation and excellence in advanced research and learning in information and communication technology and the university serves as one of the most important teaching and research bases for the information technology and telecommunication industry in China.

Currently, there are over 230 professors and 426 associate professors out of the total of 1,066 faculty members. BUPT has over 16,200 full-time students and 12,000 distance learning and E-learning students.  Among full-time students there are 10,800 undergraduate students, 4,650 master students and 805 doctoral students. 

Jinan University (JNU) joins SAF (7/2010)

Jinan University and SAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and both organizations look forward to facilitating Jinan students joining SAF programs.
Jinan University is one of the oldest universities in China and one of the key “Project 211” national universities. The main campus of JNU is in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province and the biggest metropolis in south China.  JNU has a long list of firsts:  the 1st university in China to recruit foreign students, the 1st to allow students to enroll in the university for the Fall or Spring semesters, the 1st university in China to adopt a credit system and the only university that can claim alumni in both Chinese and foreign government leadership positions.

Jinan is a comprehensive university with courses offered in 21 colleges and schools.  Currently JNU boasts a total student enrollment is 38,078, including 27,171 full-time students, 7,793 graduates and 18,700 undergraduates. The number of overseas students is to 12,498.

Hunan University (HNU) joined SAF (6/2010)

On June 12th, the President of Hunan University, Prof. Zhong Zhihua, signed a MoU with SAF making Hunan the 25th Member University of SAF Mainland China.  HNU and SAF have agreed to work together to promote international student mobility.

HNU is located in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province. It is a key university affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education and included in China’s “Project 211” as well as “Project 985”.  HNU dates back to  the Yuelu Academy, the most famous academy of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the world having been founded in 976 A.D

HNU is a comprehensive university with 30 colleges, a staff of over 4,500 (including 1,900 faculty of which 524 are professors, 702 associate professors and 14 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering) and a student body of 30,000.

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) joins SAF (6/2010)

On June 11th, GDUFS joined SAF as the 24th Member University of SAF Mainland China. The Vice President of GDUFS, Prof. Fang Fanqua, and the President of SAF, Prof. John Belcher, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  Through the MoU both organizations agreed to promote international student mobility and enhance the internationalization efforts of GDUFS.

GDUFS is one of few prestigious universities in China to specialize in international studies and one of the key institutions of higher learning in Guangdong Province in South China. The University was established in June 1995 through the merger of Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages and Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Trade.

The University is located in Guangzhou, a city with a long history, a rich cultural legacy and the distinction of being the economic hub in South China.  GDUFS has three campuses North Campus, South Campus and Dalang Campus, with a total area of 145 hectares. The lovely campuses feature green trees, crystal streams, scenic bridges and an abundance of fresh air.  GDUFS provides an ideal setting for teaching, learning and research.
Currently the University offers 52 undergraduate majors in 19 faculties and departments that fall into seven disciplines:  literature, economics, management, law, engineering, science and education.  The University has a teaching staff of 1,016, among whom 45.1% are full or associate professors and 84.1% are master's or doctoral degree holders. In addition, GDUFS employs over 70 visiting professors and over 60 long-term foreign experts. It has an enrollment of over 20,000 full-time students and 1,000 are MA or PhD students.  The University attaches great importance to, and actively conducts, academic and cultural exchanges with overseas institutions. At present, it has established links with 123 universities, academic institutions or cultural organizations in the world.

Fujian Normal University (FNU) Joins SAF (5/2010)

On May 19th 2010, the President of Fujian Normal University (FNU), Prof. Huang Hansheng, signed the FNU-SAF Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which marked the beginning of cooperation between FNU and SAF. FNU is the 23rd Member University of SAF Mainland China.

Fujian Normal University (FNU) is a key institution of higher learning in Fujian with a century-old history and a glorious tradition which has earned FNU the distinction of being the province’s “cradle of teachers.”  Located in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian province, FNU is made up of two campuses -- Qishan Campus and Cangshan Campus.  The  university consists of 28 colleges which together offer 56 undergraduate programs, over 120 master programs, approximately 50 doctoral programs and 7 post-doctoral research centers. These programs cover subject areas in literature, history, philosophy, physics, engineering, pedagogy, economics, law, business management, agriculture.

Over 20,000 students are currently enrolled in the two campuses, 4,600 are pursuing graduate degrees and FNU’s international student body comes from 17 countries such as the U.S., U.K., Japan, the Republic of Korea as well as from China’s Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan areas.

Northeast Normal University (NENU) becomes the 22nd SAF member university in Mainland China (5/2010)

On May 12, SAF and NENU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which indicated that NENU has officially joined the SAF international university network. Both parties agreed to promote SAF programs at NENU.  NENU is an institution of higher learning under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education and is a member of "Project 211". The university is located in Changchun city, Jilin province.

NENU’s current enrollment is 22,618 full-time students, including 14,083 undergraduates, 8,063 master’s and doctoral students and 472 foreign students.  There are 1,413 full-time teachers, including 367 professors, 450 associate professors and 246 Ph.D. supervisors.
ENU has adopted an innovate approach to pedagogy, stressing the distinctive characteristics of management and emphasizing the concept of Respect-based Education. The professoriate and ENU students are working together to build NENU into a first-rate normal university in China and to make the institution well-known worldwide.

China University of Mining and Technology Beijing becomes the 20th SAF member university in Mainland China (3/2010)

A  MoU ceremony between China University of Mining and Technology Beijing (CUMTB) and SAF was held in the morning of March 11, 2010. Vice President of CUMTB, Professor Yaodong Jiang and SAF President, Prof. John Belcher, attended the ceremony and signed the MoU. CUMTB became the 20th SAF member university in Mainland China.

CUMTB was established in 1978 as a graduate school and expanded in 1997 to become a multi-disciplinary polytechnic university emphasizing graduate, undergraduate and adult education. Since 1997, CUMTB has developed into a distinguished multi-level university with a total enrollment of over 6800 including 3900 undergraduate students, 2400 graduate and 500 participants in adult education programs.  The excellence of CUMTB is clear from the variety of renowned awards its faculty and students have received. CUMTB is home to two National Young Scientist award winners, four National Outstanding Talent award winners and one National Excellent Teacher award recipient. CUMTB gives priority to engineering and other scientific disciplines, but also hosts schools of management, mechanics, architecture and civil engineering.

CUMTB was one of the universities designated as a “Project 211” participant, which places it at the top of China's more than 1700 universities. Much attention has been placed on international cooperation and exchange and SAF looks forward to playing a significant role in CUMTB's efforts to internationalize their campus and curriculum.

Nankai University joins SAF as the 18th Chinese member university (1/2010)

On January 22, a MoU ceremony was held in Tianjin officially designating Nankai University as SAF’s 18th member university in Mainland China. The President of SAF, Prof. John Belcher, and the Vice President of Nankai University, Professor Naijia Guan, attended the ceremony.  Professor Naijia Guan commented that internationalization is one of the five core strategies for Nankai University and that Nankai is specifically looking to SAF to help the university increase international student mobility.

Nankai University was founded in 1919 and is a key comprehensive, research-oriented university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education.   Nankai is one of Chinese top universities and is a member of “Project 211” and “Project 985”.  The university has 1,696 faculty and a total student enrollment of 21,905, including 12,499 undergraduates.  Nankai is located in Tianjin along the Sea of Bohai and the university’s most famous alumnus is the late Premier Zhou Enlai.  

Annual SAF Staff Meeting, Shanghai, China (1/2010)

Each year in January the SAF holds an annual staff meeting in Asia.  The 2010 meeting was held in Shanghai, January 15-18 with 18 SAF staff members in attendance.  During the meetings staff discussed progress made in 2009 as well as future develops including the expansion of program options in continental Europe, the development of internship programs and enhanced student services.  The highlight of the meeting was a traditional Chinese New Year celebration that allowed staff from all SAF offices to meet with representatives of our member universities in China and local dignitaries.
Software Engineering Consortium joins SAF (12/20009)

SAF is pleased to announce the newest member in China, The Office of Pilot Software Engineering Schools. This member is not a university, but a network of university computer science and computer engineering departments at 37 of China’s top universities.  The Office of Pilot Software Engineering Schools was established in 2006 and is under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.  The consortia headquarters is located on the campus at Beijing Jiaotong University.  The Office’s mission is to promote collaboration and development of software engineering schools across China, to improve cooperation with the software industry and to enhance internationalization of these programs.

Beijing University of Chemical Technology Joins SAF (11/2009)

Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) is one of China's top universities and a member of the distinguished “Project 211” group of leading research universities. Like many of China's top universities, BUCT has its origin in a highly specialized higher education system influenced by the former Soviet Union, hence its’ very focused name. Today, however, BUCT is a comprehensive university with 10 faculties and a student enrollment of 26,300.

Speaking at the November 10 MOU signing ceremony, Vice President Tianwei Tan, said "SAF built a network of leading universities. We are happy to be part of it and give more opportunities to students for study abroad for 1 year with 3 years' study in BUCT." Prof. John Belcher, SAF President, warmly welcomed BUCT as SAF's 15th member university in Mainland China.

A True Liberal Arts Education (10/2009)

Three Chinese undergraduates document their positive experience attending small liberal arts colleges in the US in a new book released by Chinese Publishing Group, A True Liberal Arts Education. An article in Inside Higher Education provides interesting interviews with the authors and an introduction in Chinese. SAF is fortunate to cooperate with some of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the US including Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College.

SAF Office Opened in Beijing (9/2009)

SAF China has been working with SAF member universities in the Beijing area from the SAF China office in Shanghai. Beginning in September 2009 SAF China will also operate a Beijing office located in the International Exchange Center building of Beijing Normal University. The office is very central to the capital’s “university district” and therefore easily accessed by students from other SAF member universities nearby.

New SAF China Director Appointed (7/2009)

Daniel Shen has been appointed Director of SAF China. Daniel is currently Assistant Dean at Beijing Jiao Tong University’s School of Software Engineering where he is responsible for the School’s international affairs. Simultaneously, Daniel also serves as Assistant Director at the Office of National Software Engineering Schools at the Ministry of Education, China. Previously he held positions in business in Australia. Daniel’s undergraduate degree is in telecommunications and from Beijing Information and Technology University. His master degree is from the University of New South Wales, Australia is in computer science. Theresa Li, SAF China’s founding director will be moving on to take a new position at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Last Updated: 1/9/19