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Cultivating and building these relationships not only opens up education and economic opportunities in our region, but equally important, provides invaluable experiences and exposure to our students and faculty..."
President Gan presented Armstrong’s Dr. Anne Thompson with a fine porcelain plate with markings that tell the story of the surrounding geography, history, and culture of the university and JiuJiang. The plate is on display in the Burnett Hall Board Room.

Growing Ties with China


Armstrong’s growing relationship with China took another step forward with the recent establishment of formal ties with JiuJiang University. The agreement was marked by a visit in July 2011 to Armstrong by JiuJiang University officials, including President Gan Xiaoqing, who toured the campus and met with various faculty members. The partnership will send Armstrong students and faculty members to China in fall 2012, in what will be the first educational exchange program with JiuJiang University.

This collaboration can be traced back to a city initiative supported by Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson to establish formal ties with the city of JiuJiang in China’s Jiangxi province in 2008. Two years later, in the fall of 2010, a group of city officials and representatives from Armstrong and Savannah State University visited JiuJiang University to explore and develop economic and educational opportunities.

“Cultivating and building these relationships not only opens up education and economic opportunities in our region, but equally important, provides invaluable experiences and exposure to our students and faculty so they can better understand how to be successful in a global marketplace,” said James Anderson, Armstrong assistant to the vice president for international education.

The exchange program is moving forward with video exchanges among faculty and administrators at both institutions prior to the first student exchange. Recently, Armstrong officials, including computer science professor Y. Daniel Liang, Ph.D., who is from China, visited JiuJiang University. Liang, an internationally renowned author in the field of the Java programming language, presented a lecture to students and faculty members at JiuJiang.

Armstrong has had a presence in China through study abroad programs in Beijing and Shanghai through the College of Health Professions, which allowed students to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. Other study abroad programs in recent years have taken students to Beijing, Chengdu, Pudong, Xi’an and the ancient Silk Road in trips that have also emphasized China’s history, culture and economy. The university also recently signed an agreement with Nanchang University in China’s Jiangxi province to begin offering scholarships to Armstrong students in spring 2012.

“This new agreements with JiuJiang University and Nanchang University are allowing us to expand our study abroad opportunities in China and work in close collaboration with the City of Savannah to expand economic opportunities in our region and continue to offer an international education to our students,” said Anderson.