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August 21, 2007
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EMU's College of Business partners with Chinese Association of Detroit

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University College of Business has signed a far-reaching agreement with the Chinese Association of Greater Detroit (CAGD) to assist students from China to enroll at EMU.

“As a leading Chinese-American association, we would like to be a bridge to bring talented Chinese students to EMU, particularly to the College of Business, as business graduates will play an important role in China’s economy,” said Walter Zhou president and chair of the board for CAGD.

“The addition of international students to our colleges and universities will not only bring revenue to Michigan immediately, but also boost our economy in the future, as they introduce business and investment opportunities from their countries.”

David Mielke, dean of the College of Business, said the new partnership is important for more than just increasing enrollment.

“We share the vision of the association that bringing students here has the potential to promote economic development and business partnerships for southeastern Michigan,” said Mielke. “The students who earn business degrees at EMU will be future managers in China. They will be familiar with our area, and when considering business opportunities in the U.S., will naturally look to our region.”

The Chinese Association of Greater Detroit is the largest Chinese-American association in metro Detroit, with more than 2,200 members. Forty percent of their members have doctoral degrees and nearly 90 percent have graduate degrees.

In addition to their charity and volunteer services to the community for more than

14 years, the association has established the, the Institutional Higher Education Exchange Center, a not-for-profit organization to assist Chinese students.

“This is one of the most significant agreements for the College of Business that has been signed,” said Mielke. “Having a partnership with a regional association that has links in many areas of China opens doors for us on a very broad scale. CAGD members are very successful and will serve as role models for future students from China because of their accomplishments.”

The first students are expected to enroll at EMU as early as January 2008.

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