Several city officials and representatives from Lincoln College visited with delegation members from Shenyang Jianzhu University on December 2 at Lincoln City Hall. Lincoln College has been collaborating with the University since December 2018 in order to establish a student exchange program.
In August 2019, eight Chinese exchange students and their host, Professor Bing Wang, arrived at the Lincoln College campus from Shenyang Jianzhu University. The students have been part of the Lincoln College Exchange Program, an immersive experience into American culture for Chinese students interested in studying in the United States.
During the visit to City Hall, Chinese delegation members were presented with honorary citizenship certificates from the City of Lincoln and exchanged gifts.
Those in attendance included: Mayor Seth Goodman; Police Chief Paul Adams; Fire Chief Robert Dunovsky; City Administrator Elizabeth Kavelman; Lincoln College President David Gerlach; and Lincoln College MacKinnon School of Business Chair Jonathan Pierce. Representatives from Shenyang Jianzhu University included: Director of Organizational Development Rui Pan; Director of Human Resources Yachen Liu; and the Director of the International Office Xing Wang.
Shenyang Jianzhu University was established in 1948 as the Shenyang Architecture and Civil Engineering Institute. While the University continues to give priority to civil engineering and architecture, it is now a comprehensive university offering multi-disciplinary education in literature, administration, nature science, agronomy and law in Liaoning Province, China.
The State of Illinois and Liaoning Province have had a sister state relationship since 1982, a formal declaration of goodwill and cooperation between two nations. Lincoln College is one of more than 40 universities in 30 countries working with Shenyang Jianzhu University and hopes to continue to strengthen that relationship.
“This program is not only a great asset for Lincoln College, but has tremendous benefits for Lincoln and Logan County, as we build ties with a premier educational institution in the world’s second largest economy,” Lincoln College President Dr. David Gerlach said.
Honorable Chairman of Shenyang Jianzhu University, Yukuan Dong, plans to visit the city of Lincoln in May 2020.