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“This was an exceptionally productive trip that will generate many benefits for Kettering University in the years to come,” said Dr. Michael Harris, former provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We hit every mark and goal we set for our trip, and we exceeded them!” added Dr. Tony

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Harris, Hain and Kim Raup, the Continuing Education program coordinator, spent 12 days visiting multiple sites in China and brought back a check list of successes. During the China trip, Kettering achieved the following: Cemented a relationship with SGMW headquarters. SGMW is a joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., Liuzhou Wuling Motors and GM China. “This is huge. Kettering has the potential of becoming the Chinese GMI. American universities are watching us and asking us how are we getting this done?” Hain said.

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Signed a 2 + 2 agreement with Wuhan University of Technology (WUT). A new 2 + 2 agreement will allow WUT students to transfer to Kettering to complete their studies and receive a dual-degree certificate. During meetings at WUT, conversations included options for professional development for a delegation of nine faculty members (and perhaps some staff) to travel from China to Flint. The place to be in Chongqing. The hottest ticket in town one night was an invitation to the Kettering-Chongqing reception that attracted more than 100 participants. The event honored 32 members of the Chinese delegations that have already graduated from Kettering’s professional development program. Attending the event were the participants’ families, University officials, the leadership of the bureau, a significant number of employers in the region and potential students from various universities in the region. Agreement for a strategic alliance with CATARC. After a marathon four-hour negotiating session, Kettering now has an agreement for a strategic alliance with the Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). Kettering is among the first and only universities in the world to claim an agreement with CATARC, which is subject to final approval by the presidents of the two institutions. Starting as early as July 2010, up to five engineers may come to campus for 12-week professional development programs. “We got a good look at the differences in Western and Chinese negotiating styles,” Hain explained. Interviewed three students at Chongqing Jiaotong University and discussed ways to enhance the relationship for student recruitment, joint research, faculty exchange and professional development for faculty from Chongqing Jiaotong University. Visited the Chongqing Bureau of Foreign Experts and met with its leadership in a friendly and productive session. An agreement was reached for China to send a new delegation of Chinese professionals to campus in 2011. An option to send Kettering faculty to Chongqing for a week, several times a year, was considered. The delegation was hosted for tea at the personal home of the Deputy General Director of the Chongqing Bureau of Foreign Experts. According to the Kettering delegation, this was a very personal and high honor. Meeting with Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences. Kettering’s efforts

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continue to expand its presence and opportunities in Chongqing as a major base for recruiting students, joint research, professional development, faculty exchange and student exchange. The meeting established a foundation for future cooperation. Met with officials from Southwest University and Chongqing University of Science & Technology to explore cooperation and student recruitment. Hain said Kettering has already received multiple applications for Kettering’s graduate programs in Engineering from Chinese students and have accepted two students. Met with delegates from Chendu Automotive Association, who traveled to Chongqing for the session. Delegates are working toward developing Chendu into a significant center of automotive manufacturing, which could lead to future collaboration. “This was a real plum for us,” Hain noted as he sent along sincere thanks to Todd Steele from Kettering’s Graduate Program and Dr. Luchen Li, director of Kettering’s International Office, for their involvement in making the trip a success. This entry was posted in Summer 2010 and tagged Kettering Kudos. Bookmark the permalink. ← Grand Rapids friends


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