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May 5, 2006
CONTACT: Daniel Higgins
Office of University Relations

Kean University to Open the First American University in China

UNION, N.J. - On Monday, May 8, at 1 p.m., an agreement establishing Kean University, Wenzhou will be signed at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., with Gov. Corzine, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Zhejiang Provincial People's Congress XI Jinping, Kean University President Dawood Farahi and Lin Juan Juan representing Wenzhou University, China presiding.

Kean University will be the first American university to open an extensive and newly-constructed University campus on Chinese soil in September 2007. The new campus will be located in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province--one of the richest provinces in China with the highest growth rate.

The construction project and all costs of operating the University will be paid for by through tuition and through financing provided by the municipal and provincial government in China. There will be no cost to Kean University or the state of New Jersey. "This initiative is a prime example of how universities can respond to the Governor's call for innovation and new ideas in fund-raising," said Farahi. "Education is a highly desirable commodity, and we will be providing the graduate and undergraduate programs that we do best - education, public administration and business."

All classes will be taught in English by American professors with all accreditation standards being held to those established here by the Middle States Accreditation body, and students will earn a degree from Kean University. Kean will supply all academic personnel, programs, course materials, etc., meaning there will be no censorship issues as all matters will mirror those used here in the United States.

There will also be opportunities for Kean students to study in China while only paying the in-state tuition fees they would pay if studying in New Jersey.

The City of Wenzhou, Wenzhou University and Zhejiang Province selected Kean University as its partner with because of a longstanding relationship that started approximately five years ago. Two classes (25 each) of Wenzhou officials traveled to Kean University over the past five years and spent 15 months here earning a Master in Public Administration degree. These same officials have risen in government positions in the province and reached out to Kean to establish the full University campus in Wenzhou.