Judson University and Yancheng Teachers University Sign Agreement to Open a China Center at Judson University
(ELGIN, IL – December 17, 2010) After this weekend, Elgin-based Judson University is able to claim that it may be one of the few Christian liberal arts universities to have a China Center on its campus.
On December 13, Judson University signed an agreement with Yancheng Teachers University of the People’s Republic of China to create a China Center at Judson. The agreement states intentions to open the center by Aug. 1, 2011.
“The purpose of the China Center will be to introduce Chinese language and culture to non-Chinese speaking people and the Judson community,” states Judson University Provost Dale Simmons.
Last summer Judson sent a team of faculty and administrators to Yancheng Teachers University for an official signing of the agreement and to explore academic offerings available at Yancheng for American students and at Judson for Chinese students. Yancheng scholars were especially interested in programs related to the School of Education and the School of Leadership and Business.
In exchange, six representatives from Yancheng Teachers University visited the Elgin area in December. This visit was an opportunity to show where the China Center would be located in the University Center on Judson’s Elgin campus and to further refine the details regarding degree program options for Yancheng students studying at Judson.
While visiting Judson, officials signed the agreement about opening the China Center and developing the programs for Judson students, Elgin-area students and local teachers needing resources related to the largest nation on earth. The delegation also visited Elgin Community College to tour the facilities and meet with representatives of ECC’s English as a Second Language program, which will service the needs of Yancheng students who need to hone their English language skills prior to entering Judson.
More than 6 percent of Judson’s traditional student population consists of international students from more than 30 nations. A large number of the University’s traditional students study abroad for a semester or longer at one of more than 20 academic programs around the world. Also, nearly 40 percent of Judson’s faculty have lived overseas for an extended period of time or are natives of other countries.