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Thomas University representatives meet with staff members of the Thomas University China Programs (TUCP) in Xiamen during a recent trip. Participants include (from left) Lily Liu of the TUCP office; Dr. Ann Landis, TU Executive Vice President and Provost; Dr. James Andrew Sheppard, incoming TU President; Kristy Wainright, Director of the TU International Programs; Dr. Gary Bonvillian, retiring TU President; Dr. Michael Hwang of the TUCP office; and Jean Wang, TU alumna and TUCP staff member.


Incoming TU president meets China partners

In an effort to continue Thomas University’s work with partner universities in the People’s Republic of China, retiring TU President Dr. Gary Bonvillian and incoming TU President Dr. James “Andy” Sheppard led a small contingency from TU that visited several sites and met with TU’s education partners during a trip to China in May.

“The purpose of this trip was to maintain existing relationships, seek new ones and introduce the new president to our China partners,” Bonvillian said.

During the two-week trip, the group traveled around China visiting TU’s partner universities for Nursing and Business programs: Inner Mongolia University of the Nationalities, Wenzhou Medical University and Jimei University. The group also met with potential new partners in Sanya and Shanghai.

In Inner Mongolia, the TU representatives met up with a group of TU students from the U.S. traveling in China under the leadership of Nursing faculty members Dr. Marty O’Neill and Dr. Shannon Woods

At Wenzhou Medical University, TU representatives participated in the Commencement ceremony for students who graduated from the TU Nursing program on WMU’s campus.

While in Beijing, TU representatives met with several alumni. In Beijing, they met with Geng “Grace” Ze, who owns Lifedu Educational Technology Inc. This company provides early childhood education training to teachers and parents in the areas of literature, language, nutrition, art, physical education, science, technology and engineering.

The group met with Xi “Jack” Li, a TU alumnus who works as a researcher at the World Natural Heritage Conservation and Research Center in Beijing.

During the trip, the group also met with TU alumni Junlong “Allen” Zhang, Danni Lin, Shiwei “Carl” Lai and Huizhen “Jean” Wang, all recent graduates of TU’s Master of Business Administration program held on TU’s campus in Thomasville.

“It was truly a gift to travel to China with Dr Bonvillian and members of our TU community,” Sheppard said. “It is an incredible experience to walk into a classroom on the other side of the world and meet so many dedicated and talented Night Hawks.”

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