图为TWU代表、加拿大驻中国大使David Mulroney、不列颠哥伦比亚省旅游和就业部部长Pat Bell、河北大学参加教育合作签字仪式的代表
The TWU delegation joined David Mulroney, Canadian Ambassador to China; Pat Bell, BC Minister of Tourism and Jobs; and representatives from Hebei University for the Education Partnership Signing Ceremony.
校长Jonathan S. Raymond博士和到访中国的TWU代表团于11月12日，周日回到加拿大。TWU代表团除了代表学校进行招待和相关工作外，还和四所著名高校签署协议，并为中国学生的家长和校友举办了三次午餐宴。
这次出访是过去十年大量在中国发展合作关系工作的顶峰。TWU扩展中国项目主管Geoff (Shuo) Feng表示：“我很高兴看到在TWU和中方大学共同努力下这些合作正不断向前发展。我们的努力得到了回报。中国越来越多人认同TWU是一所拥有安全的、有支持的、高教育质量的，培养能力和品质的加拿大大学。这正是中国家长所寻求的。”
TWU expands global education strategy
President Jonathan S. Raymond, Ph.D., and Trinity Western University’s delegation in China returned on Saturday, November 12. In addition to representing the University at BC government receptions and events, TWU signed four agreements with high quality institutions and hosted three lunches for parents of Chinese students and alumni.
"The government events and signings were important for the University, and my personal highlight,” said Raymond, “was connecting with the parents of our students and alumni; I was moved to hear their stories of love for their children as they released them into our care and sent them around the world to study at TWU."
TWU board member, Hugh Little, echoed Dr. Raymond's comments, "As a parent of TWU alumni, I know the impact the University has on our children, it is great to hear that these Chinese parents also appreciate the safety, support, and care that TWU has for its students."
In addition to the parent receptions, TWU built new connections with top quality universities – including Harbin Institute of Technology and Hebei University – and extended its relationships with the Tianjin Education Commission and the Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (TUFE). Of the latter relationship, Vice Provost, Kevin Sawatsky, JD, said, "It was great to be in Tianjin both in 2007 as Dean of the School of Business to sign the original agreement with TUFE and now to see this agreement extended into the future. Meeting with parents of the students who are in or have graduated through this joint program was personally very gratifying.”
The trip is the culmination of a great deal of work put into developing relationships in China over the past decade. "I am pleased that we are moving these relationships forward in support of both TWU and the Universities in China. Our efforts are really paying off. People in China increasingly see TWU as a Canadian university that delivers high quality education, in a supportive and safe learning environment, to develop people of competence and character. This is what Chinese parents are looking for in a University," said Geoff (Shuo) Feng, Chinese program manager for TWU Extension.
The agreements signed in China represent the efforts of the entire TWU campus in embracing global education as emphasized in a globalization taskforce report completed in March 2010. "We are grateful that the BC government invited us to join the trade mission to China and India. We participated in only the China portion of the trade mission because our Global Education strategy is focused and intentional,” said Philip Laird, Ph.D., Chair of the globalization taskforce and TWU International Liaison Officer.
TWU’s global focus has resulted in a number of recent events and exchanges. In October, the TWU Men's Basketball team played exhibition games in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei. In the coming weeks, TWU will launch the International College of Trinity Western University that will recruit its first cohort for the fall of 2012. In December, Chinese Central Television (CCTV 5), with a potential viewership of one billion people, will air a one-hour documentary on TWU.
"TWU is the most remarkable university in Canada. It is no accident that we consistently receive A+ grades in the quality of our education and the quality of our teaching and learning. We care about the experiences of our students and strive to transform each student so that they can, in turn, make a remarkable impact on the world,” said President Raymond. “As the only university on the trade mission to China that receives no BC government funding for its education, our consistent quality achievement is even more remarkable and is a true testament to our faculty, staff, and students. What I observed on this trip is simple. Quality matters, whether in Canada or in China."