A memorandum of agreement signed Friday between the University of Windsor and Henan University in the Chinese city of Kaifeng demonstrates Windsor's commitment to engagement around the world, said Clayton Smith, vice-provost, students and international.
“One of the first steps in this approach is to enhance our relationships with our partners,” said Dr. Smith, in Kaifeng for the signing ceremony. “Henan University is just one of the institutions that match the University of Windsor’s strengths and commitment to global learning and internationalization.”
Both universities are located at the heart of their respective nation's automotive sectors. The agreement offers potential opportunities for an exchange of scholars, collaborative research for advanced graduate fellow and professional staff, and joint projects in automotive-related executive training for Chinese professionals and government officials through the Odette School of Business.
The ceremony was witnessed by officials from the Ontario government, who are in China as part of a trade mission to the country. Windsor West MPP Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development & Trade, said she was proud to support this newest partnership.
“Our government knows that forming strategic global partnerships will benefit our communities, our post secondary institutions and our economy,” she said. “The University of Windsor is a top-notch facility with a strong reputation around the world.”