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Southeast Technical inaugurates faculty exchange with Quzhou College of Technology, China

English professor Wang Pei Hui to visit Red Wing, Winona campuses for 2 months

Red Wing, Minn. (August 26, 2013)-- Almost a year of planning has come to fruition as Wang Pei Hui (Wong Pay Hway) comes to Red Wing for a two-month stay. He arrives at Southeast Technical on August 26, the first day of the fall semester, from Quzhou (Chu-Jo) College of Technology.

Located southwest of Shanghai, Quzhou (pop. 2.5 million) was named a Sister City to Red Wing more than 20 years ago. A delegation from Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, including President James Johnson, visited Quzhou in September 2012. At that time, the two technical colleges signed a memorandum of understanding to actively exchange teaching ideas and coordinate faculty and student exchanges.

Known by his English language nickname "Ben," Wang Pei Hui will stay for the first two weeks at the home of Becky and Brad Alsop, who are both on the college staff and participated in last year's trip to Quzhou. "Ben will spend time at the college, visiting a variety of classrooms as a guest lecturer," says Brad Alsop, biology instructor. "But we know he will enjoy the ordinary activities we like--camping, fishing, canoeing. Even in China the Mississippi River is well known, so we want him to experience life along the river."

Wang Pei Hui will be joined by a second instructor from Quzhou, Fang Ziaofen (Fong Shao-fen), and the two will move to Winona for several weeks to visit the Winona campus of Southeast Technical. Fang Ziaofen teaches auto mechanics, so will be actively engaged with the College's automotive technology program. Ben will assist with interpretive services for his fellow faculty member. 

"Our colleges have similar missions and programs--nursing, automotive, CNC machining--so having these individuals visiting from China will be an invaluable learning experience for them and for us," says Ron Sellnau, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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