Morgan State University President David Wilson yesterday joined a cadre of historically black college and university presidents who, alongside members of the Congressional Black Caucus, announced a historic partnership with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to increase cultural exchange between China and America’s HBCUs.
The partnership, signed by PRC Vice-Premier Madame Liu Yandong and CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge, will allow 400 HBCU students stationed in districts represented by CBC members to study in China over the next four years. The program is a part of the Obama Administration’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, designed to promote diplomacy and exchange through educational initiatives.
Dr. Wilson credited the CBC for leading a bold exploration for increased access and opportunity for HBCU students.
“We are grateful to legislators like Chairwoman Fudge and Congressman Elijah Cummings for their unending commitment to expanding new learning outcomes for all of America’s students, but specifically those students at historically Black colleges and universities. As Morgan moves to deepen its footprint as an international university, we look forward to the opportunities to grow our existing relationships with China and several of its colleges and universities, and to forge new friendships with the nation.”
Morgan State is no stranger to international partnerships. In 2012, Dr. Wilson signed a memorandum of understanding with Hubei University in China’s Wuhan Province, which to date has brought four students and faculty members to Morgan for study and teaching opportunities. Morgan also recently signed agreements with universities in South Africa and Australia, and is the lead institution in the HBCU-Brazil Alliance, an initiative of the US State Department to foster learning and professional development for students from South America through learning at historically black colleges.