Asbury Becomes 'Sister School' to Chinese Institution

Representatives of Asbury University signed a “sister school” agreement recently with Huanggang Middle School – Huizhou Campus during an eight-day trip to China to visit friends of the University and establish relationships with potential partner schools.

Dr. Jon Kulaga signed an agreement with Huanggang Middle School - Huizhou Campus during a recent visit to China.
Dr. Jon Kulaga signed an agreement with Huanggang Middle School - Huizhou Campus during a recent visit to China.

Dr. Jon Kulaga, Provost of Asbury University, and Dr. Thane Ury, Scholar in Residence at Asbury, had been communicating with administrators at Huanggang Middle School for several months about the possibility of providing a summer English Language Immersion experience. The program would be about three weeks long and would provide opportunities for older students of Huanggang Middle School to live on the campus of Asbury University while studying to improve their English oral communication, writing and reading skills.

The skills would be taught around theme areas including Faith and Family, Economics and Industry, Sports and Leisure, and History and Literature, among others. Additionally, the visiting students from Huanggang Middle School would participate in adventure leadership experiences, visit important historical and business related sights, and eat meals in local American family homes.

"Asbury University has a comprehensive vision for our involvement in the Pacific Rim, especially in China,” Kulaga said. “As we seek ways to increase our presence in China, and attract Chinese students to our campus in Wilmore, a key part of that vision and strategy is to expose high-school students to life at Asbury before they make their college decision. The Summer program and partnership with Huanggang Middle School is an important step forward in fulfilling that overall vision."

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