Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

October 3, 2007

College of Business named ‘preferred educational partner’
by Chinese consul general

DeKalb — The Northern Illinois University College of Business has been named a preferred educational partner by the Chinese government.

Chinese Consul General Jin Liu visited the college on Sept. 18, meeting with Dean Denise Schoenbachler, Associate Dean Paul Prabhaker and the college’s Global Action Team to discuss the educational opportunities in the college.

Shortly after the meeting, Liu announced that the college will be included on a list of preferred universities to provide training for Chinese government officials. Plans plans were immediately set in motion to send a group of 25 mid-to-senior-level Chinese government employees to NIU, starting in December. The group will spend a semester on campus receiving MBA-level training in management. The list of officials includes mayors, deans and vice chairmen of various agencies.

“Mr. Liu was very impressed with what he saw here; particularly the way in which the Global Action Team approached him as a partner, looking for ways to match our strengths with their needs rather than merely as a consumer of our services,” said Prabhaker who previously worked with Liu to establish similar programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology several years ago.

While discussion of business classes dominated the September meeting, Liu also expressed an interest in learning more about other NIU offerings – especially those of the Master’s in Public Affairs program and science programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, particularly those that train students to work areas related to ecology.

“Very few universities have the complete portfolio of educational services that NIU has at its disposal, and I am confident that we can establish further partnerships,” said Prabhaker.

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