Erik Presley (USA)

New Developments

by Erik Presley | October 30, 2009 | Erik Presley (USA) 0 Comments

Well known around the world are some of the scenes I took in while traveling in China.

Tianamen Square

Tianamen Square

Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City, where the recent 60th anniversary festivities took place in Beijing, was packed with people and offered any tourist an enjoyable time. Yet, for me what was most exciting were the new friends and partnerships that were developed during my trip.

In Beijing we were able to work with our local representative and ELI 360’s China office to develop new opportunities with great individuals like Ms. Gao who has been helping families go to Canada for years. Now together we will be able to give families opportunities to go to the U.S. for their higher education pursuits. We found that together there is great synergy and a cooperative spirit. I know that developments like this will lend well to our efforts in China specifically because so much of the success is dependent on relationships. Ms. Gao and her office are not only professional but take their clients’ interests “to heart”.

Ms. Gao and Strong Union

Ms. Gao and Strong Union

During our visit I was impressed with the sense that this new partner looks out for the best interest in those she serves. For us at ELI 360 this is a key value because we work with people not numbers. I believe we will see many new students on the campuses of our partner universities because of the collaborative efforts between our China office and Ms. Gao. To our team in China with my tea cup in hand raised I say “to much success.”

I too was in Dalian, a coastal city, investigating opportunities to  develop new partnerships. As ELI 360 considers the environment of higher education many institutions are increasingly seeking out partnerships with counterparts in other countries like China to enhance academic collaboration, expand curricular offerings, participate in joint research and offer students international experiences and cross-cultural training. However, many institutions face significant challenges in understanding education systems in other countries, identifying appropriate partners and developing effective institutional partnership strategies. Yet for our partners’ ambitious initiative like those listed above they will be navigated with much ease.

From this particular trip ELI 360 has been able to find the right partnership in China, specifically in Dalian where there is a major technology industry, to begin assessing and developing projects that will benefit institutions on both sides of the ocean. Our team which will soon be made up of individuals in both nations who will interpret and convey to all engaged parties the material at hand in a way that is clear.  For our partners they will have a reduced level of effort, culture confusion and will gain reduced risk of failure.

Site survey of a university in Dalian

Site survey of a university in Dalian

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