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Chinese delegation to visit NMSU next week

Fifteen delegates from China will visit the New Mexico State University campus on Monday, Feb. 20. They will join hundreds of New Mexico high school students who will be on campus for Spring Visitors' Day.

ouring the campus and attending a presentation by NMSU's Center for International Programs, the Chinese delegation will split up into different groups. Some representatives will visit the colleges of Engineering and Agriculture while others will see the departments of Computer Science, Music and Art. They also will attend a presentation by the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Association and have dinner with NMSU President Michael V. Martin and Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace.

Most of the delegates are coming from the new Wuhan University, founded in 2000 and a consolidation of four universities: the original Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electrical Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping and Hubei Medical University. The institution now has approximately 45,000 students, including 12,000 postgraduates. Wuhan University has established academic exchanges with about 200 universities, colleges and scientific research institutions in more than 60 countries or regions.

Other representatives are coming from Huazhong (Central of China) Normal University, or HZU, which is a combination of three entities: the original Huazhong University, Zhonghua University and the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University. HZU, with more than 20,000 students including 2,000 postgraduates, has regular academic links to more than 20 universities, colleges and research institutes in the U.S., Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

Bob Nosbisch
Feb. 15, 2006