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Bharathiar University signs pact with Chinese University

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First batch of Chinese students to arrive in December

Photo: M. Periasamy

CROSSING BORDERS: Bharathiar University Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam (third left) exchanging a memorandum of agreement with Xia li fa, Chancellor and president of Huaihua University, China (second right), at Bharathiar University in Coimbatore on Thursday. –

COIMBATORE: A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between Bharathiar University and Huaihua University, China, here on Thursday, to facilitate Chinese students to pursue higher education at Bharathiar University.

A five-member team from the Huaihua University visited Bharathiar University to finalise details regarding Chinese students pursuing courses in English, Linguistics and Computer Science.

The team was headed by Xia li fa, Chancellor and president, Huaihua University.

The others included Tan Wei Ping, vice-president, Deng Shi Song, Dean of Administration, Xiaoyue, Staff – Foreign Affairs Office and G. Somasundaram, Associate Professor of English.

They spent three days from November 13 checking various infrastructure.

The university will, as a special case, offer degree courses in English and Computer Science to Chinese students.

The first batch will have 100 students. They will come to India under the ‘twinning programme’ (two year study in China and the third year to be completed in India).

The agreement was signed between Bharathiar University Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam and Chancellor of Huaihua University Xia li fa.

“Information Technology is coming up in a big way in China. Everyone wants to learn English. There are not many there to teach. They welcome such invitations to study in universities located outside their country. This university has decided to collaborate with us”, Dr. Thiruvasagam said. The first batch of Chinese students would arrive in December and classes would begin in March 2008. The curriculum would be updated and made more useful to include communication skills and functional English.

A separate hostel would be made ready to house them.

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A Chair to promote Indian heritage, culture and fine arts would be set up at the Huaihua University, while its counterpart would be set up at Bharathiar University to promote Chinese heritage, culture and fine arts.

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