Truman Institute Partners with Chinese Education Provider for U.S.-Based Programs

Officials from Truman recently established a partnership that will bring Chinese students to America for summer programming and also creates branches of existing University programs overseas.

University Provost Joan Poor and Kevin Minch, director of the Truman Institute, traveled to Beijing, China, Nov. 2 to finalize an agreement with the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP). The partnership with FLTRP, which comes after more than a year of formal discussion and planning, will open the door to new opportunities for international recruitment, intercultural understanding and enhanced revenue.

Beginning in 2014, the Truman Institute will manage two programs in partnership with FLTRP. The first will be a study tour for Chinese middle school students, involving a bi-coastal tour of the United States and a five-day intensive session on Truman’s campus. The second program will be a language academy, operating jointly with the University’s Joseph Baldwin Academy. The program will offer a course in Chinese language and culture to American middle school students and a parallel course in English to visiting Chinese students, both housed on Truman’s campus.

The agreement also envisions the establishment of a small-scale satellite operation of Truman’s Joseph Baldwin Academy at the FLTRP’s International Convention Centre in Beijing as early as 2016-2017. It would serve both visiting American students as well as Chinese students from outside Beijing.

Founded in 1979 by Beijing Foreign Studies University, FLTRP has grown into the largest foreign language publisher and university press in China. FLTRP has partnered with universities in China and abroad to become a broader education provider by offering K-12 and university teacher training and professional development, language study and student enrichment programs.

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Truman Provost Joan Poor (second from right), and Kevin Minch, director of the Truman Institute (third from right) join Zhang Siying, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (third from left) with members of her staff at signing ceremony.