Campus: CSU Long Beach -- March 15, 2004

CSULB, Coastline Community College to Deliver Live Instruction to Chinese Universities, Students Over the Internet

California State University, Long Beach and Coastline Community College have formed a partnership to collaborate with Online University of American (OUOA), an industry partner based in the city of Orange, to deliver instruction to Chinese universities and students in real time via the Internet.

OUOA’s advanced technology allows a California-based professor to deliver instruction in real time without students or instructors leaving their respective country.

“This partnership provides an opportunity for CSULB and Coastline Community College to build closer relations between the United States and China without investing in new facilities or equipment,” said Robert C. Maxson, CSULB president. “Chinese universities will also benefit from the program because they will be able to use underutilized facilities to provide general education courses such as mathematics and laboratory sciences.”

Agreements have been reached with several major universities in China, including Beijing University, Beijing Normal University and Shaghai Jiao Tong University, to offer pilot programs beginning this month. Once the pilot programs have been implemented and all necessary approvals have been obtained from accrediting agencies, the partnership will begin offering full degree programs online using OUOA technology.

The Chinese universities are particularly interested in degree programs in emergency services administration, business, teacher preparation, health care administration, engineering management and general education.

There is great demand in China for an American education, but only a fraction of the demand can be met because of the expense and difficulty in getting a visa to study in the United States. Online degree programs offer a significant reduction in cost and eliminate the need for students to leave home or to obtain visas.

Students participating in the programs will meet all U.S. degree requirements, including English language proficiency and course prerequisites.

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