Delaware State University expanded its Chinese partnership portfolio by signing two new agreements during a recent trip to China by DSU President Wilma Mishoe and other officials.

The university established a new agreement with Beihua University in Jilin, China, to establish a joint English Language Institute. Initially, the institute will be established at Changchun University of Science and Technology in the upcoming fall and later could be launched at other possible locations in China.

In the accord — signed by Tony Boyle, university vice president for strategic enrollment management, and JiZong Qi, vice president of Beihua University — the institute will be for Chinese high school students who seek to improve their English skills in order to enroll in a university or college in the U.S., including DSU, as well as for students who simply want to improve their English capability.

The university also established a new cooperative agreement with Northeast Normal School to work with that school to establish and Educational Leadership Doctoral Program there.

Mishoe and NENS President Lyu Yinghua signed the new accord, through which NENS doctoral students will do part of their doctorate of education work at NENS, and travel to Delaware State University for three summer sessions as well as a one semester each in the fall and the spring.

Doctoral students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a doctorate of education from DSU.

"We are very happy about the new agreement with Beihua University, which enables us to offer the ESL/English Language Institute,” said Mishoe. “We are equally excited about the establishment of our Doctor of Education Degree Program at Northeast Normal University. There has been a tremendous request for both of these programs, and we are pleased to be able to assist in fulfilling these needs."