International Visits to Georgia State University

February 8, 2013


On Friday, February 8,  Dr. Liu welcomed two representatives from the Toulouse Business School (Groupe ESC Tolouse). Dr. Isabelle Assassi, Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing, and Ms. Corinne Garica-Mac Cionnaith, Head of International Relations, were in Atlanta to  promote and expand their seven-year relationship with Georgia State’€™s Robinson College of Business. The meeting focused on renewing their current exchange program and exploring opportunities for increasing participation of GSU students. Dr. Liu welcomed the visitors and expressed OII support for the program.



January 11, 2013

On Friday, January 11, Georgia State welcomed an eight-person delegation from Hong Kong Baptist University, led by President Albert Chan. The delegation met with GA State faculty interested in establishing College-specific partnerships, as well as the Deans of the College of Arts & Sciences, Robinson College of Business, College of Education, Andrew Young School for Policy Studies, School for Nursing & Health Professions, College of Law, and the Honors College. The day culminated in a signing ceremony with Provost Palm and President Chan formalizing a program-specific agreement to establish a university-wide exchange program. “We were very pleased to meet with our colleagues from HKBU and look forward to a rich collaboration with this university. We hope to pursue further visits involving deans and faculty within the upcoming months,” said Palm. This agreement marks the first exchange program that will be open to all GA State students, regardless of major. The delegation also met with President Becker and the senior administration.


September 13, 2012

On September 13th Georgia State hosted a trade delegation from Korea that was here as part of a week-long tour organized by the Georgia Korean American Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by OII, GSU CIBER, and the Institute of International Business in the Robinson College of Business.  The meeting came as a result of a request to visit a university actively involved in supporting business development and promotion.  Members of the delegation represented a wide range of firms including food processors, communications technology, software developers, chemical manufacturers, builders and building suppliers and accounting and investment companies.  They were accompanied by representatives from trade associations and government business promotion organizations.

While on campus the group visited the CollabTech Business Incubator.  GSU’s program, formed in 2001, focuses on incubating and collaborating with early-stage biotechnology companies. Tim McCann, CollabTech’s manager, provided an overview after which the group toured the facility.

The delegation then attended a meeting in the Student Center where they received a university welcome from Peter Lyons.  J.P.Shim compared and contrasted cultural characteristics of Korea and the U.S. South. He also provided an overview of Korean student enrollment, study abroad programs to Korea and GSU’s efforts to partner with Korean institutions and government.

He was followed by two colleagues from the Robinson College or Business. Eph McLean provided an overview of the Computer Information Systems (CSI) program which he chairs. He was followed by Martin Grace, Chairman of the Risk Management and Insurance Department, who explained how risk management supports business decision making.

The delegates were extremely pleased with the visit and with Georgia State’s commitment to support business development.


July 9-10, 2012

GSU welcomed a delegation from Harbin Medical University-Daqing, including President Daling Zhu, Vice President Yin Kesen, Dean Zhou Yuqiu, and Director Zhang Fen. Dr. Chung Jiang and Dr. Phang-Cheng Tai hosted the group, organizing meetings with Deans Long, Eriksen, and Wilmoth in order to explore potential areas of collaboration. The highlight of the visit was the signing ceremony for the new agreement between the two institutions, hosted by Vice President for Research and Economic Development Jim Weyhenmeyer.



Front Row (L-R): Dr. Jim Weyhenmeyer and Dr. Daling Zhu; Back Row (L-R): Dr. Zhang Feu, Ms. Kike Ehigiator, Dr. Phang-Cheng Tai, Dr. Yin Kesen, and Dr. Zhou Yuqiu. Also present: Dr. Chun Jiang, GSU Co-host.




June 21, 2012

GSU welcomed a group of 12 biology students and their faculty advisor from Hangzhou Normal University (HNU), Hangzhou, China on June 21st. Led by Professor Zhang Hangjun, the group is here for a summer program focused on cultural and academic immersion. While here on campus, they will be mentored by biology professors and paired with graduate GSU biology students in order to gain exposure to current research and advanced laboratory skills. Part of their program also involves participation in cultural activities to facilitate language development and cross cultural experience. OII hosted a welcome ceremony for the students and Professor Zhang on June 25th. GSU looks forward to establishing further collaboration with HNU.

June 10, 2012

On June 10, President Becker hosted a luncheon for the delegation led by Vice Governor Xu Jichao from Henan Province, the most populous and rapidly-developing province in China. Vice Governor Xu oversees education and science and technology. He was joined by Deputy Director General in Education, Mr. Zi, and Deputy Director in General in Science and Technology, Mr. Tong, in addition to four presidents of provincial universities. President Becker, accompanied by Associate Provost Liu and Confucius Institute Director Gu, discussed the potential for collaborations with Henan Province with regard to research, executive training, and university collaborations.

June 6, 2012

The Office of International Initiatives welcomed Dr. Nam-Joon Kang of Sookmyung University in Seoul, South Korea on June 6. Dr. Kang would like to build on GSU’s existing relationship with Sookmyung to establish a summer teaching training program for Sookmyung students and an exchange program for Master’s degree students in Applied Linguistics. Currently, GSU has an exchange agreement with Sookmyung through the College of Education. 



May 23, 2012

On May 23, Drs. Zhou Peng and Fang Zhong from Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China met with the Office of International Initiatives to discuss potential partnership opportunities between the universities. This visit marked the first time the universities were able to meet, with previous meetings postponed due to international travel delays. “Despite difficulties in arranging for our first meeting, we are nonetheless honored to host Jiangnan University’s administrators to our campus. We know this will be the first of many meetings to discuss our universities’ future partnerships,” said Dr. Jun Liu, Associate Provost for International Initiatives. Jiangnan University is located in Jiangsu Province, and is one of China’s national “211 Project” universities. With 63 undergraduate programs and nearly 1,600 faculty members, Jiangnan boasts strong programs in light industry and biotechnology. Of particular importance to GSU is its computer science, biotechnology, chemistry, and business disciplines. GSU will visit Jiangnan University’s president in September and sign a general MOU.

May 21, 2012

On May 21, GSU welcomed four visitors from Hong Kong Baptist University: Rick Wong, Vice-President for Research & Development; Peter Li, Director of International Office; Sandy Lee, Program Manager of International Office; and Jennifer Chan, Program Officer of International Office. After a campus tour, HKBU presented information about their university to faculty members from six Colleges.  Associate Provost Jun Liu hosted lunch and discussed with the delegation areas of potential collaboration.   A visit from GSU delegation lead by Provost Palm in Sept. is underway for furhter discussion.  HKBU is ranked 111th in the world and 13th in Asia, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010. With over 8,000 students, HKBU offers its students quality education in a cosmopolitan location. GSU looks forward to establishing an exchange agreement with HKBU which will enable students from a variety of majors to experience life in Hong Kong.



May 15-17, 2012

In mid-May, Provost Palm met with Professor Paul Croney and Professor Richard Black from the University of Sussex to discuss current partnerships and possible future collaborations. After a dinner hosted by the British Consulate, Profs. Croney and Black visited GSU the following day to meet with university leadership.


April 4, 2012

Turgut Ozal University, Ankara, Turkey


Turgut Ozal Univ, Ankara, Turkey

A delegation from Turgut Ozal University, a relatively new private university in the Turkish capital city of Ankara, visited Georgia State on Wednesday, Apil 4, 2012. The exploratory visit focused on potential collaboration with GSU colleges including participation of graduate students from Turgut Ozal University in GSU advanced degree programs

such as the new Fast Track Master of International Business. The delegation led by Dean Ismail Erturk of the School of  Engineering, included Prof. Lutfi Sagbansua, Chair, Business Administration and Head of International Affairs, and Prof. Farit Rajabli, faculty in the Department of Electrican and Electronics Engineering. The visitors met with RCB Dean, Fenwick Huss, Andrew Young School Dean, Mary Beth Walker, CIBER Executive Director, Tamer Cavusgil, and Professors Sevo Eroglu, Bijan Fazlollahi, Afag Fazlollahi, and Tekin Erdal. 


December 13, 2011

Russian Federation – Multiple locations



Russian Delegation on visit to GSU campus
A delegation of seven Russian Higher Education leaders from across the Russian Federation visited Georgia State on December 13th as part of the US Dept of State’s funded International Leadership program. The visitors hosted nationally by the State Department and locally by the Georgia Council for International Visitors,

were paired with Deans and senior faculty including Deans Walker (AYSPS) and Kamphaus (College of Education), Dr. Ephraim McLean (Chair, Computer Information Systems), Dr. Hugh Hudson (Professor or Russian History) to discuss the university’s international strategic plan at the college and departmental level. This was followed by a meeting with the Provost and three Associate Provosts for Strategic Initiatives, Academic Programs and Institutional Effectiveness discuss the plan at the university level.  The visitors were presented gifts followed by a photo opp.

The Russian delegation included: Dr. Valeriya Kasamar, Dir., Public Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Dr. Sergey Nekrylov, Professor of Modern History, Tomsk State University, Tomsk; Dr. Daniil Sandler, Vice Rector for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Urals Federal University, Yekaterinburg; Dr. Dmitry Raychuk, Vice-Rector, Research, St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg; Mr. Roman Shorokhov, Assistant Vice-Rector, Economic Affairs and Development, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk; Dr. Leonid Shestakov, Vice-Rector, Educational Issues, Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk; Dr. Nikolai Toivonen, Vice-Rector, Project Development, St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics and Dean, Masters Department in Corporate Studies, St. Petersburg.


Monday, November 7, 2011
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Dr. Sam Ock Park, Professor of Economic Geography at Seoul National University is visiting Georgia State and will participate in a colloquium and deliver a lecture as part of the Department of Geo-Sciences Fall Seminar Series. His lecture is titled “Innovation and Dynamics of Economic Spaces in the Global Knowledge-Based Economy”. Dr. Park will also meet with President Becker, Provost Palm, Dean Long and Dean Huss. For more information about the lecture, please visit the Events Highlights section of the GSU page at:



Wednesday, September 7, 2011
National Tsing Hua Universisty, Hsinchu, Taiwan

R-L: Dr. Feng, Hon. Representative Kao -Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta and President Becker Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, Vice President , Global Strategy, Development, and Assessment, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan visited Georgia State on Wednesday, September 7th . His exploratory visit included a meeting with GSU senior administrators and a visit with the University System of Georgia to develop an understanding of its structure and operations. 

Dr. Feng met with President Becker, and Drs. Jun Liu (Associate Provost, International Initiatives), Jim Weyhenmeyer (Vice President, Research & Economic Development) and Phang Cheng Tai (Chair, Biology Department) to discuss research and potential collaborations. Dr. Feng also toured Dr. Tai’s lab.

Dr. Feng’s visit adds to the growing list of high ranking international universities interested in collaborating with GSU. National Tsing Hua University is located in the “Science City” of Taiwan, and is considered a premier university noted for its strong science and technology programs, and successful alumni, including three Nobel laureates in the core sciences and a Wolf Prize winner in mathematics.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China


L-R: Dr. Liu, Provost Palm and Dr. Fan Dr. Pingzhi Fan, Vice President for Research at Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), Chengdu, China, visited GSU on September 9th, 2011 and met with Provost Palm and Associate Provost Liu. The primary purpose of his visit was to seek ways to expand and strengthen the 6-year relationship between both universities and to explore specific disciplines and research opportunities for joint collaboration.

Discussed and for future consideration is the development of a dual degree program. Dr. Fan extended an invitation to President Becker and Provost Palm to visit Southwest Jiaotong University next April to finalize details of this and other joint initiatives. Later that afternoon, Dr. Fan gave a lecture in the Computer Science Department titled “Broadband Wireless in High Speed Trains”. The lecture host was Dr. Pan Yi.

It is hoped that collaboration with SWJTU, one of the leading research universities in science and rail technology in China will expand curricula, student and faculty experiences, scientific discoveries and advancements at both universities.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea

L-R: Dean Huss, Dr. Shim, Provost Palm, President Becker, Dr. Hamm, Dr. Lee, Dr. McLean and Dr. Liu Drs. In Suk Hamm and Kwang Mog Lee, President and Vice President for International Affairs respectively at Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea visited GSU on Monday, September 12, 2011. They were hosted by President Becker and Provost Palm. The delegate€™s visit was primarily to bring GSU aboard a long-standing successful relationship with their university.

with Dr. J.P Shim, a new faculty and professor of computer information systems who also serves as the Director of the new Korean-American Business Center at the Robinson College of Business. Dr. Shim volunteered this opportunity as part of his transition from Mississippi State University.

The relationship with Georgia State will open up the following potential opportunities: a visiting scholar program for which KNU will provide a round trip airfare, on-campus accommodation and stipend. student exchange programs, with KNU sponsorship of global and KNU International Writing Center (IWC) internship opportunities for GSU students. The IWC program will also facilitate writing tutorial sessions between GSU interns and KNU students. KNU will provide airfare, stipend, and accommodation for this program as well.

President Becker was invited to visit Kyungpook National University in Spring 2012 to continue discussions on these collaborations. A general agreement was signed at a signing ceremony.