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January 31, 2012 > Chabot College and Wuxi City College sign sister college agreement

Chabot College and Wuxi City College sign sister college agreement

Submitted By Patricia Russell

Representatives from Chabot College and Wuxi City College of Vocational Technology in China recently united in a formal signing ceremony establishing a Sister College relationship between the two colleges.

"This is the beginning of a global friendship that will enhance and enrich the educational experience of students from both colleges," said Hal G. Gin, member of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees. "This relationship can result in many benefits including student exchange programs and opportunities for online classes that can be taught from one college to the other," said Gin, who was among a delegation that traveled more than a year ago to tour the Chinese college and meet with its president.

"During the campus tour and conversations with President Zhou, it became obvious that Chabot and Wuxi City College would be compatible as sister colleges. This past year was one of numerous emails, communications and discussions, all of which have resulted in today's historic event - the signing of the Sister College agreement," Gin said at the Jan. 12 signing ceremony at Chabot College.

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon and Wuxi City College President Zhou Weican signed the Sister College Memorandum of Understanding which states, in part: "In order to promote cooperation between Chabot College and Wuxi City College of Vocational Technology, and desiring to expand scholarly ties, facilitate academic cooperation and promote mutual understanding, both entities agree to explore the feasibility of establishing a framework for educational cooperation."

During its Bay Area visit, the Chinese delegation toured both Chabot and Las Positas College campuses, including welding and automotive technology labs, a nursing simulation lab, a fire service technology area and a biology lab.

Exchanges of gifts included college hats, t-shirts and pennants, plus wine produced by Las Positas College's Viticulture and Winery Technology students. The Chinese delegation presented the colleges with many gifts, including embroidered works of art, one of which featured twin water lilies. "The twin water lilies represent our relationship," Zhou said through an interpreter. "They share the same root and they grow together, just like our two colleges will grow together with our new friendship that begins today."

Chabot College, located in Hayward, is a community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs throughout the year. For registration information please call (510) 723-6700 or visit www.chabotcollege.edu.


Photo Caption: Seated, from left are: Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon and Wuxi City College President Zhou Weican. Back row, from left are: Wuxi City College representatives Wang Jian, Xia Ying and Gao Xinhua.

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