Georgia State has signed a Program Specific Agreement (PSA) with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China, signifying a deepened collaboration with one of China’s most prestigious institutions.

The initiative will launch an innovative collaboration of a number of 1+1 dual-degree MBA programs within the Robinson College of Business (Risk Management and Insurance, International Business, and International Finance), and dual-degree MPA programs within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, and Nonprofit Management).

Dr. Risa Palm, Provost of Georgia State, and Dr. Jun Liu, Associate Provost for international initiatives at Georgia State, stand with Dr. Shi Jianjun, President of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China, after the signing of a Program Specific Agreement between the universities to establish dual-degree MBA and MPA programs on July 10, 2014 . Also featured were Dr. Houston Davis, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia, and Dr. Steve Wrigley, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration of the University System of Georgia, as well as various UIBE deans and vice presidents and administrators from the Qingdao Municipal government. The collaborative event occurred during the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s current trade mission to China (July 10 – 17) led by Commissioner Chris Carr.

Dr. Risa Palm, Provost of Georgia State, signed the agreement on behalf of the university.  The signing was witnessed by two University System of Georgia officials: Dr. Houston Davis, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. Steve Wrigley, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration.  This significant event was held during Georgia State’s visit to China as part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s current lead trade mission in the country, a delegation which includes state of Georgia officials and business leaders who are currently exploring business, trade, education, agriculture, and tourism opportunities.  Provost Palm and Dr. Jun Liu, Associate Provost for international initiatives, represent the University during the state’s mission trip to Qingdao, Beijing, and Shanghai from July 10-17.

“Georgia State will benefit from this trade mission as we deepen our institutional contacts with the Qingdao government and with the University of International Business and Economics,” said Provost Palm.  “This outreach to China is a central part of our university strategic plan, and the university benefits in many ways by having collaborative teaching and research with Chinese institutions.”

A Project 211 university, UIBE is a first tier institution that recently has been ranked second in the Netbig ranking of universities that specialize in finance and economics.

The Georgia State partnership signifies deepened connections with UIBE as a viable university partner for research collaborations and faculty exchange, as well as stronger ties with the Qingdao Municipal Government, Chinese companies based in Atlanta (e.g. Hisense Co., Ltd.), and the Georgia Department of Economic Development

“The dual degree programs will not only bring us more high-quality Chinese students, but also provide opportunities for Georgia State faculty and students to teach and study in China,” said Dr. Liu.  “Georgia State University is very pleased to sign this agreement with University of International Business and Economics to implement dual degree programs in business and public administration with the strong support of both the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Qingdao Municipal government.”

The UIBE collaboration is the outcome of months of negotiations and support from Georgia and Chinese officials.  In January 2014, Georgia State was selected from a pool of Georgia university applicants by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Qingdao Municipal government to host the premiere program with UIBE.  In March 2014, deans from RCB and AYSPS travelled to Beijing, where Dr. Liu signed the Memorandum of Cooperation with UIBE to facilitate the development of mutually beneficial programs to promote research and educational relationships.

Georgia State & UIBE - Program Specific Agreement - July 2014

Dr. Steve Wrigley, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration of the University System of Georgia, speaks with the Mayor of Qingdao, Xinqi Zhang, during the signing of a Program Specific Agreement between Georgia State University and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, which established dual-degree MBA and MPA programs for the universities. The collaborative event occurred during the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s current trade mission to China (July 10 – 17) led by Commissioner Chris Carr.

Provost Palm and Dr. Liu will also meet with other Georgia State partner universities to discuss faculty exchange and student mobility programs during the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s trade mission in China, including Southwest Jiaotong University, Hangzhou Normal University, Shanghai University, Huanghe Science and Technology College, and Guangzhou University.

For more information on the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s trade mission to China, led by Commissioner Chris Carr, please visit this link.

The Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State University is responsible for the strategic integration and coordination of the University’s international initiatives, partnerships, grants, program development and management, events and activities, student and scholar services, and study abroad programs.  For more information, please visit international.gsu.edu.

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