Truman State University recently established a partnership that will bring Chinese students to America for summer classes and also creates branches of existing University programs overseas. University Provost Joan Poor and Truman Institute Director Kevin Minch traveled to Beijing last month to complete the agreement. The agreement with Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press will open the door to new opportunities for international recruitment, intercultural understanding and enhanced revenue.
Beginning in 2014, the Truman Institute will manage two programs in partnership with FLTRP. The first will be a study tour for Chinese middle school students, involving a bi-coastal tour of the United States and a five-day intensive session on Truman’s campus. The second program will be a language academy, operating jointly with the University’s Joseph Baldwin Academy. The program will offer a course in Chinese language and culture to American middle school students and a parallel course in English to visiting Chinese students, both housed on Truman’s campus.