PIKEVILLE – Developing students into global citizens is among the benefits of a new partnership between the University of Pikeville and Beijing University of Agriculture (BUA) in Beijing, China. The universities have agreed to exchange students and faculty and cooperate on academic programs together.
Last summer BUA sent seven students to the University of Pikeville for a summer camp while five UPike students, along with Stephen Budney, Ph.D., professor of history, traveled to BUA for a similar experience.
“The University of Pikeville strives to be an economic driver,” said UPike President James Hurley. “We have to think of the bigger picture and how we can develop the job market in Eastern Kentucky. China and India are among the largest importers of coal, which connects our region to the global economy. This partnership is among the many ways we can provide a great classroom experience for our students and expand job opportunities.”
Members of the Chinese delegation include Gao Dong, vice president, professor and deputy secretary of the Party; Li Huanrong, professor and vice dean, Animal Science and Technology College; Lu Lin, professor and secretary of the Party General Branch, Animal Science and Technology College; Ma Xiudi, professor and secretary of the Party General Branch Department of Foreign Languages; Zhao Hewen, professor and minister of the organization department; and Zhao Honge, professor and secretary of the party general branch, Urban and Rural Development College.
The agreement ensures continued cooperation and expands the present exchanges. The delegation toured campus as well as the city and the surrounding area during their visit. This was the first time the delegation has visited Pikeville. A delegation from UPike will visit BUA in the fall.