Chinese delagation visits HTC

In February, Hennepin Technical College was host to a delegation of visitors from China that toured the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center and the manufacturing labs at Brooklyn Park campus.

“We had a wonderful visit with three groups traveling as one delegation,” said Cherie Rollings, director of operations for HTC’s Customized Training Services. “They were interested in learning more about our programs and exploring whether we might partner to promote student and faculty exchanges, including Chinese students coming to Minnesota to earn associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.” Rollings added that since at least two of the delegates, former Vice Governor Jiang of Shaanxi Province, and Zhou Yan Bo, chairman of the board of Xi’an Siyuan University, are former engineers, they were especially impressed by the machines and equipment in the HTC manufacturing labs.

According to Rollings, the visitors were intrigued by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which differs from their own educational system. In China, it is impossible to transfer courses. Students must take all courses at one institution.

The delegation was led by former Vice Governor Jiang, of Shaanxi Province, which has had a sister-state relationship with Minnesota since 1983. He and members of his delegation, joined by their HTC hosts, met with Gov. Mark Dayton. During their stay in the Twin Cities, the delegation also visited Metropolitan State University and St. Paul College. In November 2011, a delegation of leaders from HTC and Metropolitan State University visited Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, during a trip which included meetings with college officials and tours of campuses.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2012-04-06 06:00:16