June 13, 2001

CONTACT: Ward Mullens






YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University and Bell University of China are partnering to create a new program for Chinese students who want to study in the United States.

"Eastern Michigan University has many great international ties. This simply strengthens our academic exchanges with the People's Republic of China," said Drew Nazzaro, interim associate director for EMU's World College. "This initiative has developed through the work of Dr. Weidian Shen, a World College Fellow and a professor of physics. His relationship with his former mentor President Fujia Yang of Bell University was crucial."

As part of the new partnership, two Chinese businessmen will contribute $360,000 toward scholarship fund for Bell University students. The donors are Chikong Shue, CEO of SDSC Global Foundation; and K.C. Kun, CEO of Hong Kong S&T Ltd.

"The 2 plus 2 program being designed for the Bell University students is in two academic program at EMU," said Nazzaro. "One is computer science and the other is business administration. Essentially the Bell students complete the first two years of their programs at Bell University and then come to EMU to complete the last two years of their programs. This arrangement calls for careful course matching between our two institutions, which is currently underway."

Nazzaro said the first group of eight students are scheduled to arrive at EMU this fall.

Upon the successful completion of all requirements for their chosen degree program at EMU, Bell students will receive, in China, a diploma issued by Eastern Michigan University.

The five-year agreement of cooperation between Bell and EMU will also provide teaching, research and professional development assignments for professors of both institutions, Nazzaro said.

Bell University, located in the city of Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, is a private university that was founded in 1999. It's enrollment is about 1,300 students and it offers coursework in applied foreign languages, business and management, architecture, electronic information and engineering and computer science.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professions through traditional classroom settings, on site continuing education classes and online courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from around the world, and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.