Seven business students and one faculty member from North Minzu University in The People’s Republic of China, are visiting Alvernia University’s Reading, Pa. campus this week, Nov. 13-17, for a short-term faculty-led study abroad program. The experience is part of a partnership recently established between the two universities.
In addition to touring Alvernia, the Chinese visitors are joining in International Week activities at the university, participating in business classes, and attending a university basketball game. Off-campus excursions include sightseeing in the City of Reading, touring the Amish community in Lancaster County, and visiting Crystal Cave.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities creates avenues for North Minzu business students to complete undergraduate business degrees, earn MBAs or Ph.D. in Leadership degrees at Alvernia University. In addition, visiting scholars are invited to take part in short-term residencies.
North Minzu University, located in Yinchuan, Ningxia, is considered China’s top university for ethnic minorities, with students from 55 recognized minority groups. Having developed rapidly over the years, North Minzu is one of the most prestigious universities in China for ethnology, anthropology, ethnic and regional economics, religion studies, history, dance and fine arts.