Penn State Great Valley Officials Visit Universities in China for Education, Research Plans

Penn State Great Valley chancellor James Nemes, third from left, and Patrick Qiang, third from right, meet with representatives at Hubei University of Finance and Economics. Image via Patrick Qiang.

The result of efforts that commenced two years ago, Penn State Great Valley recently signed an agreement with Chinese business schools to engage students in the campus’ Master of Finance program.

In 2016, Great Valley administrators and faculty met with members of the Chester County Economic Development Council to discuss potential collaborations in business and education as part of the Chester County China initiative.

In December, Dr. James Nemes, chancellor and chief academic officer of Penn State Great Valley, and Patrick Qiang, associate professor of operations and management and professor-in-charge for the finance program, spent 11 days in China to visit five different universities in three different cities.

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Two of the universities — Hubei University of Economics in Wuhan and Xi’an University of Finance and Economics in Xi’an — signed a memorandum of understanding with Penn State Great Valley to join forces on research and continue students’ education at the graduate level.

“This was a great opportunity for us to speak with representatives from these institutions and tell them about the programs we offer and look for ways that we might collaborate, including hosting visiting faculty,” said Nemes.

While there, Qiang and Nemes hosted the first-ever Master of Finance reunion for graduates living in China, some of whom travelled from as far as Beijing and Shanghai to attend. Most currently hold positions in corporate finance or private equity investment offices.

Qiang has already received Master of Finance applications from students at the universities, and he expects to receive more in the next two years.

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