OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego and a well-known communications university in Beijing recently signed an agreement that could send as many as 20 Chinese students a year to Oswego to complete their undergraduate degrees in broadcasting and mass communications, journalism and public relations.
While students from Communication University of China will apply to come here for degree completion, the door also is open for SUNY Oswego students to study at the university known as “a cradle of China’s radio and television talents.”
Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Fritz Messere, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and Joshua McKeown, director of international education and programs, signed the memorandum of understanding during a November visit to China.
“The CUC agreement is an important part of our overall strategy to become more internationally connected and to develop partnerships that offer reciprocal benefits for students and faculty across institutions,” Clemo said. “We are purposefully seeking university partners like CUC that are inviting to international students and are able to offer more international research opportunities to our faculty.”
Agreements in Asia
The five-year renewable pact with CUC represents the latest in a growing number of links with universities in Asia, particularly in Korea and China, as well as a new exchange agreement in India.
Oswego’s chemistry program has a degree-completion agreement with Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou. Another pact offers students of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, also in Hangzhou, and Oswego the opportunity to complete degrees at each others’ institutions in business administration, human resource management and marketing.
A similar agreement with Nanjing University of Science and Technology also exists.
“Through CUC and our other Asian university partners, Oswego students and faculty will have deeper engagement with issues in a part of the world that is currently the most populated and dynamic in shaping the global environment that we all share,” Clemo said.
As many as 50 Chinese students a year attend SUNY Oswego among the more than 200 international students, McKeown said, and their focus largely has been in business and the sciences.
“We have so many academic strengths in other areas, we consciously have sought out other types of programs for articulations,” he said.
This spring, two exchange students from CUC will enroll in Oswego for a semester in communications disciplines, preceding the first round of degree-completion candidates later in 2014.
Messere and McKeown said the college hopes to expand the agreement with CUC to include more opportunities for each other’s students.
“This (articulation) agreement will facilitate the transfer of high-quality students — the best communications students China has to offer — to come to SUNY Oswego to complete their degrees,” McKeown said. “This agreement has the potential to open up a wealth of opportunities for their students and ours.”
Messere agreed, noting that CUC also has programs in graphic design and music. “I’m hopeful this is the beginning of a number of relationships,” he said. “I would like to see relationships such as this one extended throughout the School of Communication, Media and the Arts.”
McKeown said an attractive option in the future for Oswego students could be completing a master’s degree in international communications at CUC. It is a one-year program whose courses are taught in English.
Messere is excited about the possibilities of the new relationship. For example, the school is exploring a two-week course in New York City to enable Chinese students to meet and talk with business executives in communications industries headquartered there.
Top students also will have a chance to participate in the Hollywood P.O.V. program that visits the entertainment capital, he said.
“We would invite qualified Chinese students to join the Hollywood program, just as we invite qualified American students who have the necessary interests in large-budget entertainment and film,” Messere said.