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Ohlone College establishes Asian foothold

By David Goll.

Friday, May 30, 2008—Reprinted from East Bay Business Times.

Ohlone College has gone international, opening a campus at the new International Educational Exchange and Training Center in Suzhou, China.

The Fremont school is the eighth institution of higher education - though the only community college and the only one from the United States - to have a presence at the center, an enormous industrial park and education center developed through a partnership of the governments of China and Singapore. Suzhou, a two-hour train ride from China's business center, Shanghai, is considered one of the most beautiful and historic cities in China, with numerous gardens and gracious residences.

Ohlone faculty members will join educators from four-year universities in China, Australia and England at the IETC. They will participate in the main educational mission of the center, which is to teach English language skills and American business concepts to the Chinese. The Ohlone program will be able to handle up to 200 students.

"Ohlone has a strong international outreach with sister colleges in various parts of the world, but this is certainly a first for us," said Doug Treadway, president and superintendent of the Ohlone Community College District, which operates campuses in Fremont and Newark. "This is not the kind of program done very often by any community college."

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