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Loyola University Chicago and The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies Launch New Partnership
CHICAGO, Feb. 20, 2006 Loyola University Chicago announces that it is now the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. The Beijing Center increases Loyola’s global learning opportunities for students who are interested in taking their education to a new level and complements the University’s 44-year old campus in Rome, Italy, the John Felice Rome Center.
The Beijing Center, founded in 1998, provides a world-class, multi-faceted education about China in a study abroad program for students from Jesuit universities. The undergraduate program integrates language study, a choice of 40 seminars on Chinese topics, adventure travel, and interaction with Chinese students. The Beijing Center has expanded to add a variety of summer options, plus programs for faculty members and select graduate students. In the few years of its existence, The Beijing Center has established itself among the top China-study programs.
“The Beijing Center welcomes the academic and administrative support Loyola will bring to our programs,” said Fr. Ron Anton, S.J., founder and director, The Beijing Center. “This will enable the Center to bring appreciation of Chinese culture and society to an even greater number of undergraduates.”
As U.S. host university for The Beijing Center’s program, Loyola University Chicago provides academic oversight and administrative support for this successful study abroad program. Specifically, Loyola provides oversight for the maintenance of high academic standards of the program, and manages recruiting, enrollment, and financial services to support its operations and students.
“We are very excited about this partnership with The Beijing Center, as it will provide unique learning experiences and lasting memories for our students,” said Patrick Boyle, assistant provost and director of international programs, Loyola University Chicago. “This will open up endless opportunities in building different global initiatives, taking advantage of all Loyola locations, including Rome and Chicago. We plan on developing travel excursion programs, interacting with locals and developing an appreciation for vastly different cultures and rich history.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and 3 professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.