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CSU looks to China for new partnerships, students

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado State University officials are looking to China for new students, partnerships and revenue.

There are 20 undergraduate students and 91 graduate students from China studying at CSU this year. Jim Cooney, CSU’s vice provost for international affairs, is hoping the number of Chinese students at CSU will double during the next two years.

Overall, CSU has 891 international students from 82 countries this year.

At current tuition rates, an international student pays nearly four times out of pocket what a Colorado resident pays for the same education. China and India each have a large emerging middle class that could afford an education at CSU.

Cooney said the university must develop relationships with Chinese scholars, students and universities to position itself for the future.

“In a global world, we’re going to be internationalizing in any case,” Cooney said, calling it a “missed opportunity” if CSU fails to actively manage that process.

In 2008, the university named longtime natural resources researcher Wei Gao as its director of China initiatives. Using Gao’s connections with Chinese scholars, CSU leaders including President Tony Frank and Cooney visited China that year and were given a concert by East China Normal University faculty and students.

ECNU musicians collaborated with CSU counterparts on a concert last week for East-West Week at Colorado State University.

CSU leaders have signed a formal memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University to research global climate change in a variety of areas, and they have a similar agreement with ECNU.

Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

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