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CSU signs agreement with Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry in China

June 20, 2011

Continuing his trip in China that began in Shanghai, President Tony Frank on June 13 signed an IMOU with Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry in Yangling, China. Northwest University is one of the top 40 universities in China, and it is one of only two agricultural universities in this official category.

CSU President Tony Frank signs an agreement with NWAF President Sun Qi XinNorthwest a strategic partner

The agreement was signed with NWAF President Sun Qi Xin, an expert in wheat breeding who spent a post-doctoral year at Colorado State University in 1989-1990. Northwest University is one of CSU's five strategic partners in China.

"One of the major reasons for the success of CSU's relations in China is that we have chosen to focus on a small group of outstanding universities like Northwest,” Frank said. “That allows us to build personal connections with faculty and students."

Accompanying Frank were Vice Provost for International Affairs Jim Cooney, Vice President for Research Bill Farland, Director of China Programs Wei Gao, and Manager of Strategic Initiatives Chad Hoseth. The main focus of the collaboration with Northwest University will be water, natural resources, the environment, forestry and animal sciences.

Frank spoke to 250 faculty, students on visit

As part of the visit, Frank delivered an address on "Globalizing Public Higher Education in the United States" to 250 faculty and students in Yangling.

In 2011-12, Northwest University will send 12 undergraduates to Colorado State, and the two presidents agreed to explore possibilities for sending more graduate students to CSU with support from the China Scholarship Council. Xin also is planning a return visit to Colorado State for the first time since he left 21 years ago.

On June 10, Colorado State University and East China Normal University in Shanghai announced a Joint Research Institute for New Energy and the Environment that will capitalize on strengths of the two institutions to develop new energy solutions and help deal with the impact of energy on climate, air quality, land use and water resources. East China Normal University is also one of Colorado State’s strategic partners in China with collaboration on student exchange programs and research initiatives in everything from music to clean energy.

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