Chinese Students Graduate from 1+2+1 Program

Posted: August 12, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Fifteen Chinese students from Mason were part of the 2008 Sino-American 1+2+1 Dual-Degree graduation ceremony held in June at Yunnan University in China.

Mason President Alan Merten was on hand to lead the applause for these students as they were awarded undergraduate degrees for their academic achievements at Mason and universities from their homeland.

The United States and China established this joint academic program in 2001 under the auspices of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the China Center for International Educational Exchange, which is affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education.

President Merten with graduates
Mason graduating seniors Ting Zhu, left, and Yang Li, far right, show the dual degree certificates they received from George Mason University President Alan Merten and Dr. Zhen Pan of Nanjing Normal University.

The 1+2+1 program is designed to bring together American and Chinese universities to offer dual degrees to Chinese undergraduate students. Participants spend their freshmen year in a Chinese university, their sophomore and junior years at a participating American university and their senior year at their original Chinese university.

Mason joined the program in 2004 when Merten traveled to China and signed the 1+2+1 agreement with a select group of seven Chinese universities.

Mason now has 12 partners: Beijing Normal University, Chang ‘an University, Chongqing University, Communication University of China, Liaoning University, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Shandong University of Weihai, Soochow University, Southwest Jiaotong University, Wuhan University of Technology and Yunnan University.

At the June graduation ceremony, Mason was one of several American universities represented by their presidents. Other represented institutions were Troy University, Ball State University, Northern Arizona University and the University North Carolina at Pembroke. The total number of graduates was 71.

Graduates of 1+2+1 program
Four of Mason’s graduating seniors in the 1+2+1 program after receiving their certificates.

With two exceptions, the 15 Chinese students who attended classes at Mason majored in economics. The exceptions were Jiajun Xu, who majored in computer science and technology; and Juan Chen, who majored in marketing. The other students were Tianmingzi Tian, Zhihui Wang, Jia Ma, Tianchi Zheng, Qian Zhang, Chen Tan, Yanyan Ruan, Zhiping Oian, Nan Wang, Haiyang Hu, Yang Li, Jie Weng and Ting Zhu.

Tianmingzi Tian, Zhihui Wang, and Jia Ma won awards from Mason’s Economics Department for their academic achievements.

“George Mason University has been enriched in many ways by our international focus. The 1+2+1 program is a major part of this emphasis and one in which we take great pride,” said Merten.

Another 32 Chinese students will arrive at Mason on Aug. 16 to begin their two years of study here as part of the 1+2+1 program. They will form the fourth cohort of 1+2+1 students, bringing the total number of Mason students in this program to 107.

graduates in China
Graduates participate in the 2008 Sino-American 1+2+1 Dual-Degree graduation ceremony held in China. University officials wear red-accented robes.
Photos courtesy of Madelyn Ross

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