U.S. Universities Strengthened Ties in Beijing

The University of Maryland China office representatives attended the third American Universities' China Association (AUCA) conference in Beijing on Monday, August 15th, at the U.S. Embassy. Notable participants included Harvard University, Stanford University, Princeton University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and many other universities.

The U.S. Ambassador, Mr. Max S. Baucus, delivered an inspirational opening speech in which he recognized the universities' efforts in promoting U.S. higher education and the related exchange programs in China.

In the following discussion session, the participants went over the Chinese education market, practices, views, expert opinions, and concerns pertaining to the diverse work which AUCA members have been engaging in on a regular basis. The risks and benefits of Sino-American joint education, and China’s new NGO law as well as its impacts on U.S. universities’ operations in China were some of the main topics. University of Maryland, as one of the few U.S. universities who have an EMBA program in China, exchanged its perceptions in Sino-American education especially in the area of EMBA programs. University of Maryland representatives also shared their insights into universities' opportunities and challenges during the session.

The Smith School launched its Executive MBA program in the United States and China in 2003. Both programs cater to working professionals who typically have more than 10 years of professional experience. With the Smith faculty and staff’s dedication as well as the Smith alumni’s huge support, the Smith Global Executive MBA program has become a pioneer in setting the model for Sino-American education.

The third AUCA conference enhanced the internal dynamics of the association as well as strengthened its ties in Beijing. AUCA's goal is to promote transparency and effective communication in the Sino-American higher education sphere. AUCA strives to be a center for information sharing, university marketing, and professional networking.

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.


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