Closer Ties to China on the Horizon

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 14:32

President Lynn Pasquerella’s full itinerary during her trip to China and South Korea has resulted in several new partnerships with Chinese universities and high schools.

Over two weeks, Pasquerella visited with Chinese and Korean government and education officials to promote women’s education and leadership. She also formalized several new educational partnerships, was interviewed on Korean television, and met with MHC alums.

"We were able to visit a number of cities in China and South Korea during our visit, and at every stop, our alumnae and new partners for the institution were enthusiastic about the College and its future directions,” said Pasquerella. “There was particular interest in our experience cultivating women's leadership and our commitment to connect curriculum to career in a meaningful way."

The trip began with a stop in Nanjing, China, for the June 8-10 Women’s Education Worldwide Conference, where participants learned from one another about successful partnerships in international exchange, alumnae and student mentoring, and leadership development.

On Monday, June 11, Pasquerella signed an agreement with Tan Min (pictured above; photo by John Kuchle), president of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), which opens the way for closer educational ties between the two institutions.

Later in the week, Pasquerella met with a number of political and educational leaders, including Hao Ping, vice-minister in the Ministry of Education; Zou Xiaoqiao, director general of the All-China Women’s Federation; Robert Wang, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing; and top administrators at Xing Wei College of Shanghai.

She also signed memoranda of agreement with four leading high schools, where she spoke with students about MHC’s new Women’s Academy for International Leadership Development, which will prepare high-achieving female students for leadership roles in their future careers and help them navigate admission processes at selective colleges and universities in the United States. The month long academy starts July 23 at MHC.

Pasquerella was also interviewed by broadcast journalist Mona Locke—wife of U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke—at the Beijing America Center, with the interview webcast live by the U.S. State Department.

Pasquerella visited Seoul June 14-15, meeting with the president of Ewha Women’s University, visiting the Korean Student Aid Foundation, and meeting with local MHC alumnae. She and Ewha President S. W. Kim were interviewed by a reporter from Arirang TV on June 14.

"This trip was organized in large part around the Women's Education Worldwide gathering in Nanjing, China, but the destination could not have been more fitting, given the launch of two new summer programs with Chinese partners,” said Pasquerella.

“Through the work of the staff of Complementary Program Development, the College recently hosted higher education administrators from China in an exchange designed to increase mutual understanding of one another's education systems. And later this summer, college-bound young women from China will visit Mount Holyoke to learn about the admission process and college experience at highly selective colleges and universities in the United States."