Starting in the fall of 2018, UNC-Wilmington expects around 100 students from Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences to participate in its new dual degree program.
The partnership between the two schools was approved by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China and announced on March 21.
According to a press release from the school, UNC-W was one of only 34 schools selected by the ministry from a pool of more than 500 proposals to Chinese partner institutions. It was one of eight U.S. schools accepted. Other schools include Tulane University, Michigan Technological University and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
The program’s development began in fall 2016, according to an email from Michael Wilhelm, associate vice chancellor of international programs at UNC-W.
Wilhelm said in the email that UNC-W was initially interested in finding a partner in a part of China where they did not already have a presence.
"We have a 'faculty champion' in the form of Dr. Xin Lu of the UNC-W math department who is from Chongqing,” Wilhelm wrote.
Located in the major Southwestern city of Chongquing, CUAS has over 20,000 undergraduate students enrolled, according to their website.
"We are committed to making a first-class comprehensive research-oriented university in China, with unique characteristics and international fame,” their website says.
The two universities connected officially in the fall of 2016 as a part of a visit to China, according to Wilhelm.