June 23, 2008
Fulfilling what a Chinese official described as a "beautiful dream" for grade school students, Oklahoma Baptist University and China's Guanghua Private School entered an educational partnership agreement this spring.
Henghe Liu, vice headmaster of Guanghua Private School, and OBU Interim President John W. Parrish shake hands after signing the educational partnership agreement on the OBU campus.
Through the agreement, OBU will allow students from Guanghua to enroll at the university to pursue college degrees. In addition, OBU will admit Chinese students to the university's Intensive English Program.
Guanghua is a private K-12 boarding school in Kunming City, China. The city, nicknamed "Spring City" for its pleasant climate, is the capital of Yunnan Province in southwestern China.
"Since 2001 the school has invited international language programs to teach on a daily basis in our school. Every semester 15 of these volunteers come to our school and teach our students," said Henghe Liu, vice headmaster of Guanghua Private School. "From a very early age our students have a beautiful American dream. Today their dreams come true."
Liu and Guanghua's director of foreign affairs, Guangwei Chu, visited the OBU campus in May and participated in an agreement signing ceremony with OBU Interim President John W. Parrish and Dr. Debbie Blue, OBU senior vice president for academic affairs.
"We are looking forward to developing a meaningful relationship between our two schools," said Blue during the ceremony. "We pledge to help your students further their education at OBU and to achieve their dream of an American college education."
"The Guanghua School students who are even now preparing to attend OBU are very excited and grateful for this wonderful opportunity," said Liu. "It is my hope that we can continue to build and strengthen this relationship which has already been established."
Trent Argo, OBU's dean of enrollment management, visited Guanghua Private School in April to work out details for the agreement.
"This agreement is part of our on-going international involvement," said Argo. "We are excited about the possibilities of this new partnership."
Argo said OBU will provide annual scholarships of $1,750 annually to the Chinese students, and will work to help the students assimilate into the campus community.
"I believe today we have formed a very good relationship with OBU that will help to build a friendship not only between our schools but between our two great countries," said Liu.
Guanghua Private School is the largest private school in Yunnan Province. The school includes four departments: primary, junior school, senior school and an English school. Built in 1996, the school has more than 2,500 students.
Trent Argo, OBU dean of enrollment management, is presented a bouquet of flowers by a student from Guanghua Private School. Argo visited the Chinese school in April to finalize details of the educational partnership agreement.