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Press Photo by Beth Wischmeyer Dr. YOU Shaozhong, minister counsellor for the People's Republic of China Embassy, based in Washington, D.C., looks at information passed along by Hal Haynes, vice president for student development at Dickinson State University Monday. Shaozhong, along with two other embassy representatives met with DSU officials to discuss the university's efforts in strengthening partnerships with international universities.

With more than 400 international students, Dickinson State University is proud of its academic partnerships with universities around the world and hopes to continue to grow its program and send DSU students overseas.

Three representatives from the People's Republic of China Embassy, located in Washington, D.C., paid a visit to DSU Monday, to discuss the university's efforts in globalization calling the university a "model" for globalization.

"We are so pleased to be here," said Dr. YOU Shaozhong, minister counsellor for education. "Our visit today has two purposes; one is to learn from you and what you are doing and the second purpose is to brief you on what we do in the Chinese Embassy."

This was the first time any of the men visited the state and they said they were intrigued by "The Western Edge."

"We are trying to maintain a good working relationship with your government and resolve some issues regarding student exchanges," Shaozhong said. "In the past 30 years -- China and the U.S. -- we have worked together. Over 400,000 Chinese students have already studied in the states," he said.

DSU's Global Awareness Initiative was implemented in 2000. DSU has 15 global academic partnerships in Russia, China, Ukraine and Japan, according to DSU information.

"We presently have about 200 Chinese students that attend our university from 12 different institutions," Haynes said. "Our Chinese students that come to join us here are exceptional students. They dominate our honor rolls and they do very, very well."

Haynes said the next challenge is to get DSU students to China to study.

"I'm very much impressed by your international outreach," Shaozhong said. "That's why I say we are coming from Washington, D.C. to learn from you, to see what you are doing."

Haynes said the university believes the cross- cultural exchange ensures graduates to be globally prepared.

At the end of the meeting, the representatives extended an invitation to DSU personnel to visit Washington, D.C. in October to speak with Chinese Embassy representatives about their globalization efforts.