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SVC Signs Agreement with East China Normal University

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Posted: Wednesday Jun 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

Saint Vincent College has signed a memorandum of understanding with East China Normal University (ECNU) to enhance relations between the two schools in the areas of education, research and other activities.

College president Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., personally signed the agreement with Dr. Youqun Ren, vice president and professor at East China Normal University, in Shanghai on May 20 that pledged to cooperate and work together toward the internationalization of higher education.

Planned areas of cooperation include exchange of faculty members, exchange of students, joint research projects, joint conferences and joint cultural programs.

Dr. Junlei Li, visiting professor in early learning and children's media at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College and associate professor of psychology in Saint Vincent College’s School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education, is continuing an earlier collaboration with professor Zeng Fanlin of ECNU to support orphaned and special-needs children as well as to begin new research and development efforts in children’s media and parent education.

ECNU is a comprehensive research university in Shanghai, China. Established in 1951, it is the first national normal university of the People's Republic of China and the country’s leading institution for early education, special education and teacher preparation. Originally founded to train school teachers, the University is now an institution training researchers, professors, high-level civil servants, as well as business and political leaders. ECNU is ranked 13th in China according to the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings in 2014.

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Photo: Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., and Dr. Youqun Ren

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