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Saturday, July 21, 2018

MTSU renews academic partnership with Ningbo University in China | Daily News Journal

"Middle Tennessee State University renewed Friday an academic partnership that allows actuarial science students enrolled at a Chinese university to finish their classwork and earn their degree at the Murfreesboro campus" inform MTSU, Contributed.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, and Shao Qianium, vice president of Ningbo University in China, sign papers that renew the academic partnership between the two institutions. Behind them is a portrait of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, inscribing on a scroll the name of Ningbo University at its founding in 1986.
Photo: Andrew Oppmann

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Shao Qianium, vice president of Ningbo University in China, agreed to extend the Joint Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Program, established in the fall of 2012, for 10 more years.

Ningbo students selected for the program first attend classes taught by MTSU faculty on the Chinese university campus, then progress to Murfreesboro to finish their studies. Successful students receive degrees from both MTSU and Ningbo University.

The program can accept up to 40 students each academic year.

“This partnership with Ningbo University is a model for effective and productive international academic cooperation,” McPhee said. “It leverages our respective strengths to provide unique opportunities for exceptional students.”

Replied Shao, quoting the renowned Chinese philosopher Confucius, “Isn’t it great when friends visit from distant places?”

Actuarial science trains students to apply mathematical skills and statistical techniques to manage risks and solve problems in insurance and pension programs.

MTSU, through its College of Basic and Applied Sciences, is the only Tennessee university offering actuarial science coursework for both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Students take courses in mathematics, statistics, economics, and insurance designed to help prepare for preliminary examinations from the actuarial professional societies and to prepare them for success in the field. 

Source: Daily News Journal