by Barbara Black
The Concordia administrators who visited China last month with Team Canada
signed a number of significant agreements with institutions there.
The delegation was led by Rector Frederick Lowy, with the participation
of Marcel Danis, Vice-Rector, Institutional Relations and Secretary General,
and Dean of Arts and Science Martin Singer, who is a Sinologist.
Mohsen Anvari, Dean of Concordias John Molson School of Business
was also in Beijing, where he presented information at an industry session
involving Bombardier, SNC-Lavalin and Air Canada.
Pulp and Paper Industrial Research Institute: This agreement will
focus on the bio-degradation of waste from the pulp and paper industry
and the photo-bleaching of paper. More specifically, collaborative research
will be aimed at environmental pollution issues, such as pulp and paper
treatment, new bleaching technology, paper, chemistry and coating engineering.
Another focus will be the development of new technology in the treatment
of solid waste and agricultural residue.
Beijing Concord College of Sino Canada (BCCSC): One hundred and
twenty students are expected to arrive next September as a result of this
agreement, which will focus on the placement of Chinese undergraduate
students at Concordia, and will explore the feasibility of transfer credit
arrangements for BCCSC students who begin their undergraduate studies
in Beijing. The agreement focuses on Web-based instruction, academic technology
training and computer-based language testing.
Academy of Chinese Traditional Opera (ACTO): This institution, despite
its name, also teaches modern music similar to that of Concordias
Music Department. The agreement will include the development of academic
co-operation with industry, and will include faculty and student exchanges
for research and training. Concordias Faculty of Fine Arts will
collaborate with the ACTO School of Fine Arts.
Hunan University (HU): This agreement will focus on engineering
and computer science to promote collaborative research and academic exchanges.
It will focus initially on areas in the field of building engineering,
specifically, industrial interactions and sponsored research. One specific
goal of the agreement is to establish a co-operative training program
between the two parties, namely, the NU/CU Twinning Building Engineering
Beijing Normal University (BNU): This agreement with one of Chinas
oldest universities will focus on the training of students in educational
technology. It will also explore the feasibility of both co-operation
in the delivery of Web-based courses and programs and three-way co-operation
with Beiing-Concord College of Sino Canada.
Nanjing University (NU): This university has both undergraduate and
graduate programs. The agreement will focus on bio-inorganic and materials
chemistry. It will include collaborative research, co-operation in the
training of graduate students, exchange of undergraduate students and
the development of Web-based courses in chemistry.
Southeast University (SEU): Concordia and SEU have had a relationship
for 16 years, one of the longest standing with a Chinese university in
Canada. This new agreement will focus on mechanical engineering, academic
technology and information technology. It will also explore the feasibility
of co-operation in the delivery of Web-based courses and programs in engineering.
City University of Hong Kong (CUHK): This agreement includes collaborative
research, co-operation in the training of graduate students and the exchange
of undergraduate students.
Beijing Film Academy (BFA): This agreement will focus on film research
and studies, faculty and student exchanges and the sharing of views and
The Concordia delegation also visited the Shanghai Film Animation Studio,
an industry leader in China, and through co-operation with the National
Film Board, showed Oscar-nominated films by Concordia animation students,
faculty and graduates to an audience of about 70 people.
Dean Anvari was in Beijing to make a presentation to a group of Quebec
and Chinese business leaders. He went on to Hong Kong to discuss the new
MBA/CFA program with alumni, and met with counsellors in six high schools
Several weeks before the Team Canada junket, John Capobianco and Andrew
McAusland made a preparatory trip to three of the Chinese institutions.
They looked at research collaboration, student exchanges, and ensured
a good fit with Concordia in terms of academic technology.
Dr. Capobianco is Vice-Dean, Research and International Relations, and
McAusland is Director of Academic Technology, both in the Faculty of Arts