Chinese delegates to visit Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College hosts a delegation from China during the week of Feb. 20, during which the college plans to share its best practices in “Building a Green Campus.”

The visitors will be in the U.S. to research the coordination and cooperation of educational institutions, companies and associations. Pellissippi State was selected as a host site by the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., an association for global education based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The team of five delegates represents Rizhao Polytechnic, a comprehensive vocational and technical college in China’s Shandong province. The guests are Feng Xinguang, the college’s president; Li Jiangang, assistant president; Yang Baoguo, director, higher education research center; Mao Huaidong, vice director, general affairs office; and Li Hongye, director, internal affairs.

Upon their arrival in East Tennessee on Feb. 18, the delegates will have the weekend to explore the community. On Feb. 20, they will begin their week of research activities with tours of the Pellissippi Campus and Blount County Campus.

Pellissippi State was awarded a 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship, in part thanks to the building and design of the Blount County Campus. Green features include a parking plan that incorporates reserved spaces near the building for alternative fuel vehicles, as well as charging stations for electric cars. The green design plan also includes bike racks and access to a shower for bicyclists.

“Pellissippi State is honored and excited to be a part of this vital cultural exchange,” said Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president. “Our green initiatives are definitely collaborative in nature, and we are pleased to share our experiences with our counterparts from Rizhao Polytechnic.

“Their visit also complements our Confucius Classroom. We’re looking forward to being able to engage in personal dialogue with educators from China.”

Pellissippi State boasts a Confucius Classroom thanks to the school’s status as the 2010 recipient of a prestigious grant from the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis.

Pellissippi State now offers three Chinese language classes and one Chinese culture course. By fall 2012, a fourth-level language course will be offered. That means students pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Pellissippi State may now satisfy their foreign language requirement with Mandarin Chinese.

Assisting in the coordination of delegate activities is the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, is devoted to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education in Tennessee.

For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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