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Lakeland expands relationship with Chinese schoolsLakeland College recently expanded its relationship with two sister schools in China.

Lakeland signed new agreements with East China Institute of Technology (ECIT) and Shanghai Finance Institute during a multi-day visit to China by Lakeland Interim President Dan Eck, Director of International Programs Jen Siebert and Instructor of General Studies and Chinese David Lynch.

Lakeland and ECIT signed new 2+2 agreements covering the following majors: accounting, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, international business, marketing, art and music and math. The agreements lay out an academic plan for students entering the programs so they stay on track to earn a Lakeland bachelor's degree.

Lakeland and SFU signed a 2+2 agreement for accounting and a 3+2 agreement for art, and renewed 2+2 agreements for business and marketing that have expired. The schools also discussed SFU's desire to send more one-term students to Lakeland and send some of their faculty to Lakeland for teacher training.

During the visit, Siebert met with students and gave presentations regarding Lakeland's summer program and undergraduate programs.

Lakeland and SFU initially signed a sister school agreement in 2006. Lynch has taken students to SFU for May Term classes twice, and a third group is going this May. Lakeland has hosted eight visiting SFU professors since 2005 and 25 one-term students since 2007, in addition to several other faculty/staff delegations.

Lakeland and ECIT also signed an initial sister school agreement in 2006. Since the summer of 2007, ECIT has sent between seven and 22 faculty and staff members to Lakeland's Summer Professional Development Program. A total of 58 ECIT members have participated in the program. Several ECIT students have participated in Lakeland's Summer English Language Institute, and there have been many visits by ECIT administrators and scholars. Siebert is among the Lakeland faculty who have taught at ECIT.

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