|Chancellor Saunders-White and BLCU President Prof. Xiliang Cui sign the MOU while others look on.|
North Carolina Central University and Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist training program on April 29, 2014. The agreement starts in 2014.
The program, through NCCU’s School of Education, is a collaboration with both universities that would primarily focus on student and faculty exchanges, joint research and educational training programs, and research contracts. Other areas of collaboration will include a dual degree program, as well as enterprise and entrepreneurial activity. BLCU is one of less than 10 universities in China that currently offers a degree in Communication Disorders. The university has a strong research focus on culture and diversity and recently established a Research Institute for Brain Development and Communication Disorders.
Led by NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White in Beijing, NCCU’s delegation also included Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Johnson Akinleye, School of Education Dean Wynetta Lee and Communication Disorders Professor Grace Hao.
“The new relationship between NCCU and Beijing Language and Culture University will give students an extraordinary opportunity to learn from two distinguished programs and ultimately provide people who need their services with uniquely trained practitioners,” said Saunders-White from China.
Established in 1967, NCCU’s Communication Disorders program trains students to become speech-language pathologists (SLP) who prevent, assess and manage human communication disorders across the lifespan — from infants to the elderly. Swallowing, articulation, language development, cognition, autism and neurodegenerative disorders are all specialty fields of the faculty and part of the eight clinics offered at NCCU. At no cost, community members receive speech and language services in one-on-one and group sessions. An article highlighting the program was featured in the Spring 2013 edition of NCCU Now.
A short video from the signing is posted here.