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Agreement ushers in new era of Chinese relations for Royal Roads

June 16, 2011

Royal Roads University and Jinan University in the People's Republic of China have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two universities collaborate in new ways, starting with the exploration of delivering Royal Roads Master's programs in Disaster and Emergency Management and Conflict Analysis Management.

"This is an exciting step for Royal Roads University's relationship to China, which has been developing for more than a decade, and today we have more than 3,000 graduates in the region, many of them leaders in their field," said university president Allan Cahoon. "This agreement is a natural evolution, strengthening our ties in ways that will provide value to both our institutions and continue to prepare leaders for the new global economy."

The agreement also enables the joint sharing of information and academic materials, collaboration on research and exchanging faculty and post-graduate students.

"The collaboration between two high-quality post-secondary institutions like Royal Roads University and Jinan University is exactly what we need to expand international education to the benefit of both British Columbia and China," said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education. "I am delighted to have witnessed the signing of the agreement and I would like to congratulate Royal Roads University and Jinan University for their work."

Royal Roads now has more than 20 active agreements in the region with more than 3,000 MBA graduates in mainland China and an office in Hong Kong. Recent successes include the Master's in Educational Leadership program, which will graduate 22 senior educators from China this summer. These leaders will draw upon the skill sets learned in the program, such as collaborative leadership, evidence-based decision making, planning for school improvement, building positive relationships between the school, families and the larger community, and leading with technology-enhanced learning.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.

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