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Thomas University representatives join TU Nursing faculty and graduating students at Inner Mongolia University of the Nations during IMUN’s Commencement ceremony held in June in China. Participating in the ceremony are (front row from left) Professor Sun Yan, Deputy Party Secretary of School of Nursing at IMUN; Lily Liu, with the Thomas University China Programs office; Kristy Wainright, TU Director of International Programs; Dr. John Meis, TU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Andy Sheppard, TU President; Dr. Michael Hwang, Chancellor for TU China Programs; Professor Chen Yongsheng, IMUN President; Professor Li Wenge, IMUN Vice President; Professor Wang Baitao, IMUN President’s Office Director; Professor Han Bagenna, IMUN Party Secretary of the School of Nursing; Zhang Guowei, IMUN Dean of the School of Nursing; Yang Shuhua, IMUN Deputy Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs; Professor Wang Zhenyu, IMUN Deputy Director of the President’s Office; Professor D. Lixia, IMUN Vice Dean of the School of Nursing.

 

TU officials participate in graduation ceremonies in China

Since 2011 Thomas University has had cooperative programs with universities in China that allow students in China to take classes from TU faculty members for the last two years of an undergraduate academic program in nursing or business. Upon completion, the students earn degrees from both their home university and from Thomas University.

“In China being able to obtain a degree from a U.S. institution is a huge accomplishment,” said Kristy Wainright, TU’s Director of International Programs. “For a lot of these students, leaving China to study at a U.S. institution would be extremely difficulty because of the expense.”

In June three Thomas University representatives traveled to China and participated in Commencement ceremonies at the partner universities of Jiangxi University of Traditional Medicine, Inner Mongolia University of the Nations and Wenzhou Medical University. Joining Wainright on the trip to China were Dr. Andy Sheppard, Thomas University President; and Dr. John Meis, TU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“TU promises a transformative education so it makes sense that we work with emerging economies like China,” Sheppard said. “It is built into our mission.”

This spring a total of 209 students in these programs earned bachelor’s degrees from TU in nursing at three partner universities while 79 earned bachelor’s degrees from TU in business at TU’s partner university, South China University of Technology-Guangzhou College.

“Even though they are Thomas University students, they remain in China so they don’t have a lot of personal interaction with Thomas University,” Wainright explained. “Having TU officials there for Commencement gave these graduates a feeling of accomplishment and made them feel more like part of Thomas University.”

Currently TU has about 1,000 enrolled in cooperative programs with universities in China for students to earn undergraduate nursing or undergraduate business degrees.

 

Thomas University officials participate in the Commencement ceremony held at Inner Mongolia University of the Nations in China in June. In addition to earning nursing degrees from IMUN, 60 students also earned undergraduate nursing degrees from Thomas University.

 

Thomas University President Dr. Andy Sheppard turns a student’s tassel during the Commencement ceremony held in June at Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.

 

Administrators from Thomas University and Wenzhou Medical University renew their agreement as partner universities. Participating in the ceremony are (seated) Dr. Andy Sheppard, TU President; Professor Lu Fa, WMU President; (standing from left) Dr. Joseph Hwang, Assistant to the Chancellor for TU China Programs; Kristy Wainright, TU Director of International Programs; Professor Lu Zhongqiu, WMU Dean of the School of Nursing; Dr. John Meis, TU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Michael Hwang, Chancellor for TU China Programs; Professor Cao Jianming, WMU Vice President;  and Zhu Xuebo, WMU Director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange.

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