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NEWS RELEASE · 18th May 2010
Office of the Premier
Royal Roads University has signed four agreements to deliver academic programs to Chinese citizens in China and in British Columbia.

Three agreements, with Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada, the China Youth Centre for International Exchange, and Tianjin University of Technology, were signed today in Beijing at an event for alumni of B.C. educational institutions hosted by the government of British Columbia. B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell acted as witness. A fourth agreement, with Jinhua College of Profession and Technology, was signed yesterday in Shanghai.

"I want to congratulate and thank Royal Roads University, Beijing Concord College, the China Youth Centre for International Exchange, and Tianjin University of Technology for this important partnership," said Premier Campbell. "These agreements will expand educational opportunities and help developed skilled workers for the growing Asia-Pacific economy."

The agreement with Jinhua will see the college and Royal Roads jointly deliver a tourism and hospitality management diploma program to students in the college's campuses in the city of Jinhua, Zhejiang province. Upon completion of this diploma program students may transfer to a BA in International Hotel Management at Royal Roads University. The diploma program will be delivered in both English and Chinese, starting in January, 2011 with 100 students. It is expected to expand to 120 students a year after that.

The agreement with Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada is to collaborate in the development of a six-year education package that will start with bilingual programs in senior high school and eventually see Chinese students complete a degree in one of RRU's undergraduate completion programs, which cover the third and fourth years of a baccalaureate program.

The agreement with the China Youth Centre for International Exchange is to develop training and education programs for young professionals in the fields of emergency management, environment and management, public affairs management, leadership, and peace and conflict management.

The agreement with Tianjin University of Technology will see the two universities deliver RRU's Master of Arts in Environment and Management, beginning this September. The program will enrol 100 full-time students and up to 60 part-time students and will be jointly delivered in China by faculty from both universities. It will be taught in English.

"These students are the upcoming leaders of one of the world's most powerful economies," said Allan Cahoon, president of Royal Roads University. "Any action we take to strengthen our programs in this country not only improves their ability to understand and respond to the global workplace, but that of our own province and country as well."

Royal Roads University, known in Greater China as Huang Jia Han Liang Da Xue, began offering its MBA program in China in 1999 through educational partners. RRU was the first and is believed to still be the only public Canadian university to deliver programming in China in Mandarin and it has more alumni from an Asian-based program than any other Canadian university.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real- world relevance for graduate and undergraduate, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.