Opportunities for international students to experience New Zealand’s culture and improve their English are among goals outlined in a memorandum of understanding signed on Friday with Guangzhou Medical University at Massey's Albany campus.
The agreement focuses on students studying towards a Bachelor of Business Studies, majoring in marketing. Guangzhou Medical University, established in 1958, encompasses five schools situated across four campuses and is in the top 50 Chinese medical universities.
Delegates from Guangzhou Medical University who attended the signing at Massey’s Albany campus in Auckland were Professor Wei Donghai, Vice President (delegate leader); Mr Hu Bingjie, Vice Director of Guangzhou Health Bureau; Mr Chang Qing, Vice President; Professor Lu Jiachun, Dean of International Education School; Professor Liu Junrong, Dean of Health Management; and Professor Zhou Ying, Vice Dean of Nursing School.
College of Business Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Chris Moore says it means international students will benefit from learning about the New Zealand way of life and improve their English. An added benefit is of New Zealand students interacting with other cultures.
The agreement outlines common interests and the potential mutual benefits from collaboration and cooperation in areas including marketing activities and student exchanges through Massey’s 2+2 Pathway Programme. This programme involves cohorts of students studying for two years in their home country and then moving to New Zealand for two years to complete their degrees at Massey University.
Professor Moore, who is also the college's teaching and learning deputy director, developed the first major pathway programme with Wuhan WTO School, along with senior lecturer in finance Dr Jing Chi, in 2006. Through continued efforts by Professor Moore, Dr Chi, School of Economics and Finance head Professor Martin Young and other schools and staff in the College of Business, there are now more than a dozen pathway programmes supplying about a third of the college's international students.