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BSC Professor Roger Owensby to Participate in Ten-Day WV International Education Mission to China

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    Monday, October 17 2011
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owensby_roger(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College faculty member Roger Owensby will participate in The West Virginia International Education Mission to China, a ten-day trip to explore and strengthen cultural, faculty, student, and intellectual exchange opportunities between West Virginia and Chinese institutions of higher education.

One faculty representative from each of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's (HEPC) member institutions has been selected to take part in the trip, which has been organized by the Marshall University Center for International Programs and is being underwritten by the HEPC. The delegation will depart for China on October 19 and return on October 29.

This will be Owensby's third trip to China. He was a member of the BSC delegation that traveled to the People's Republic in 1992 to develop three collaborative agreements with institutions of higher education there. The following year, Owensby taught for one semester in China.

"This promises to be a productive trip," Owensby, Professor and Department Head/Mining Engineering Technology at BSC, said. "We will have the opportunity to talk to students about our academic programs, and explore the possibility of establishing a study abroad program with Chinese higher education institutions."

Participants in the International Education Mission will participate in the Chinese International Education Expo, the group will also visit the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and they will take a Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai.

"We will visit some of the top 100 universities in China," Owensby continued. "It's going to be very interesting for me to be able to travel back to China and see how things have changed in the nearly 20 years since my last visit."