Ivy Tech Community College has established a sister college relationship with Huzhou Vocational & Technical College of Huzhou, China, to provide academic and cultural exchange opportunities that will greatly enhance the educational capabilities of both institutions.
The two colleges formalized the partnership at a ceremony Friday, Oct. 23, at the Ivy Tech Columbus campus. Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder and Wu Haiyan, Vice President of Huzhou Vocational & Technical College, finalized the agreement and were joined by representatives from both schools as well as local economic development officials.
“Ivy Tech deeply values partnerships that can strengthen our culture of providing meaningful opportunities for our students and faculty,” Snyder said. “We welcome the sister college relationship with Huzhou Vocational & Technical College and look forward to developing mutually beneficial connections between our two institutions.”
Huzhou Vocational & Technical College is a public college located in the city of Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, which is one of the most developed economic hubs in China. The college has seven schools offering 32 full-time diploma programs and about 60 diploma and degree programs of open and continuing education.
The sister college relationship between Ivy Tech and Huzhou grew from visits by Columbus-area government, economic development, and education officials to China. Ivy Tech participates in the visits to ensure business leaders considering expansions in Indiana that the local workforce has opportunities for education and training.
Both colleges will develop student and faculty exchange programs and collaborate on teaching materials and methods, distance education, scientific research, and innovations. Programs that could give students the opportunity to complete one or more years of their education in China or the U.S. are also possible under the agreement.
“Ivy Tech and Huzhou Vocational & Technical College share the mission of ensuring our students are well prepared for success academically and in their professional careers,” said Chris Lowery, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Columbus/Southeast. “Our sister college collaboration will enable our faculty to expand their courses, offer our students valuable cultural experiences, and help us align education with the needs of our corporate partners.”
Ivy Tech and Huzhou offer similar academic programs, including advanced automation robotics, computer information technology, and engineering technology. These programs provide students a pathway to careers at international companies with operations in China and Indiana.
“Many careers will require students to have a broad education that can translate to working at an international level,” said Sue Smith, Vice President of Ivy Tech’s Technology Division. “By partnering with Huzhou, we can make a profound difference in the education we provide.”
Ivy Tech also benefits from a sister college relationship with Wuxi Professional College of Science and Technology in Wuxi, China, which was established in November 2010.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.