Chinese Delegation Examines Brookdale-Rutgers Partnership:Interest in Architecture, Engineering & Technology
New Brookdale Community College president Dr. Maureen Murphy welcomed an 18 member delegation of directors, deans and faculty from the Zhejiang College of Construction, Hangzhou, China, to the Lincroft main campus August 2. The group also visited the Freehold Branch Campus to view the role of the community college and specifically the Brookdale-Rutgers partnership through which students holding associate’s degrees can earn a Rutgers degree at the Freehold location.
The visit to Brookdale focused on the delivery of academic and learning opportunities and how two year degree programs transfer to four year degrees. Brookdale professors Edward O’Neill and Mike Qaissaunee presented on Brookdale’s architecture, engineering and technology associate degree programs. A campus tour highlighting the classroom and laboratory facilities followed, led by Dr. Janice M. Thomas, the director of Brookdale’s International Education Center.
The Chinese delegation spent a week at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, hosted by Mike Finkelstein, Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, International School of Sport Marketing and Business, MS Program, Executive Director Department of Exercise Science & Sport Studies, Faculty/Advisor. There they participated in a certificate program focused on learning about university administration and issues pertaining to student affairs.
Through an interpreter, the leader of the delegation, Ms. Yun Zhou, Library Director and Associate Professor of Library Science, Zhejiang College of Construction, explained that their month long study tour would provide the participants from Zhejiang a better understanding the U.S. higher education system and the relationships between two and four year institutions.
The delegation’s U.S. tour began at Tufts University, Boston and after the visit to Rutgers and Brookdale, continues to Philadelphia and Washington DC. Their tour concludes at Washington State University, Bates Technical College and St. Martin’s University.
About the Brookdale-Rutgers Partnership: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Brookdale Community College established a partnership in 1998 to offer students holding associate’s degrees the opportunity to earn a Rutgers degree at Brookdale’s Western Monmouth Higher Education Center in Freehold. Today, Rutgers offers nine undergraduate degree programs and one master’s program at Western Monmouth and has awarded more than 450 degrees to date through its partnership with Brookdale.