Friday, December 12, 2008

Ningbo Staff Visits Purdue

A group of nine professors and administrators from Ningbo University in China are visiting Purdue University through Sunday (14 December) for a training program in university administration, reports the Purdue News Bureau.

Purdue and Ningbo have nurtured a relationship since 2005 through an endowment from Purdue alumna Anna Pao Sohmen, who received her bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1966.

Sohmen's endowment has enabled 80 students from Purdue's colleges of Liberal Arts and Engineering to visit Ningbo University for study abroad programs since 2005. At the same time, Purdue has had 11 students from Ningbo University for one-semester exchange programs.

Ningbo University, which was established in 1986 by funds donated by shipping magnate Yue-Kong Pao, father of Sohmen, consists of 19 departments and colleges and offers 65 bachelor's programs and 56 master's programs. The university has 23,000 full-time undergraduate students, 700 postgraduates and a teaching and administrative staff of 2,400.

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