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DSU officials in China to promote programs

Dickinson State University officials left for China Sunday and will be meeting with leaders from China's higher education institutions to promote educational opportunities in agricultural studies.

University officials, including DSU President Dr. Richard McCallum, will be in China until the end of the month.

DSU and Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China, signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday to foster collaborative, agricultural-based efforts to benefit both universities, according to a press release.

McCallum called the partnership "a significant academic moment for DSU with great potential for future international and agricultural collaborative efforts."

This agreement brings the number of academic partnerships established between DSU and institutions for higher education in China to 13, according to a press release.

DSU director of university relations Constance Walter said this is the first time officials are meeting with Chinese officials regarding agricultural studies.

"This is an opportunity for the university and the trade commission to explore with other universities in China, the opportunity to develop ag studies there as well," Walter said.

McCallum was not available for comment Tuesday.

Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other members of the North Dakota Trade Office also left Sunday with a delegation representing North Dakota companies and organizations on a trade mission to Indonesia and China.

"North Dakota's exports to China are increasing, but we see much more opportunity considering the country's rapidly expanding middle class and sustained economic growth," Dalyrmple said in a press release Monday.