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DYC Opens Exchange Program with University in China

DYC Opens Exchange Program with University in China

D’Youville is one of only 3 nursing programs in the US to enter an educational agreement with the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Buffalo, New York – June 23, 2015 – D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y. is one of only 43 higher education institutions selected by the Chinese Ministry of Education out of approximately 1000 worldwide who applied for permission to enter into educational agreements with universities in China.

D'Youville has been working with Guangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine located in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, China, since 2013 to develop a joint undergraduate program in nursing. Guangxi University enrolls approximately 24,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral academic programs as well as vocational training programs.

Partial English Program

The unique partial English speaking program will see Chinese students take three years of English language nursing classes at Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine and then qualified students will travel to D’Youville for two more years of classes in what is called a “3 plus 2” program. They will earn two degrees, one from each institution and be able to work in the U.S. or China.

The program is scheduled to start in the fall.

An Honor for D'Youville

“This is a high honor for D’Youville as the selection process is extremely rigorous,” said Dr. Arup Sen, vice president of academic affairs at D’Youville and who participated in the negotiations with the Chinese University. “We are proud to have been selected and it reflects the quality of our nursing faculty and program.”

D’Youville is the only institution in western New York and one of only three nursing programs in the U.S. to have such an agreement with China.

History of the Program

Dr. Sen and Ronald H. Dannecker, director of international recruiting at the college along with Dr. Shuching Chen, Executive Director of the local Center for Cross Cultural Exchanges, visited China in 2013 to talk to high school and university students about D’Youville. They also discussed student exchange programs with these various schools in China. “From this trip, we signed a Memo of Understanding regarding student exchanges and possible articulation agreements in nursing, pharmacy and chiropractic with Guangxi University and were pleased nursing was approved,” Dannecker said. “We continue to work on the other two health care majors.”

This initial trip to China resulted in Chinese students spending two weeks at D’Youville in 2014 for an orientation program. Two professors from Guangxi University were guest faculty at the college and held classes in traditional Chinese medicine which preceded the D’Youville pharmacy department sending two faculty members and six students to China to complete a clinical course. In September 2014, Guangxi University and D’Youville submitted three applications for joint programs in chiropractic, nursing and pharmacy to the Ministry of Education. Chinese education and ranking government officials visited the Buffalo campus to advance the two institution’s relationship in fall 2014 learning about nursing education and other healthcare programs at D’Youville. They met with Sister Denise A. Roche, D’Youville president and other administrators as well as visiting our modern laboratories and facilities.

“We spent time continuing discussions about joint programs and other exchanges including our “3 plus 2” nursing program idea,” Dr. Sen said.

In January D’Youville received official word that the unique ”3 plus 2” program was approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education and would begin in fall of 2015 with the first Chinese students in the program expected at the college in 2018.

The program runs for six years and can be renewed by both parties if desired.

“What is of special note is that in 20 years only 880 various undergraduate joint programs, and only 15 nursing programs from outside China have been approved by the Chinese government,” noted Dr. Chen. “Only eight of these nursing programs continue to be active. Of the 880 there have been only 18 New York State universities approved by the Ministry.”

Expanding Educational Opportunities

Officials at both institutions agree this will help change the reputation of both institutions and expand the educational opportunities for both nursing programs.

“Our students will find it attractive to be able to complete their clinical requirements in China and Guangxi University can use our agreement in their marketing efforts,” said Dr. Sen. “It’s a win-win for both.”

Currently, D’Youville has four pharmacy and four nursing students doing their clinical rotation at Guangxi University and will have 15 students and three faculty coming to D’Youville’s Summer Institute in July.

This initiative is part of D’Youville’s strategic plan to expand into global markets.



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