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Saint Mary’s signs new agreement with Guangdong University of Finance

17 May, 2016


President Robert Summerby-Murray and Professor MU Lin, Vice President of Guangdong University
Robert Summerby-Murray, President of Saint Mary's University, and Mu Lin, Vice-President of Guangdong University


Saint Mary’s University’s long and equally beneficial relationship with China continues to expand. Last week Saint Mary’s signed a new agreement with Guangdong University of Finance to connect students from Guangdong with Saint Mary’s Master of Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MTEI) program.

The new partnership agreement is a 3+1 arrangement with the MTEI program. Under the arrangement students enrolled in the new undergraduate program at Guangdong University would complete their first three years in China. For their fourth year of study students can transfer to Saint Mary’s to complete their fourth year of study at the Sobey School of Business. Upon completion of their fourth year at Saint Mary’s they can enter the MTEI program.

“In recent years the Chinese government has announced numerous measures to support mass entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President of Saint Mary’s University. “This new partnership not only has close ties to those measures, but it also Saint Mary’s way of taking a leading role in the new Nova Scotia-China strategy.”

The Master of Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a graduate business degree focused on technology - the only one of its kind on Canada's East Coast. It goes beyond pure technical or business education. The program gives technology entrepreneurs the skills they need to become sought-after, hybrid leaders who can solve today's complex business challenges.

“China and Canada are both increasingly recognizing the advantages that entrepreneurship can contribute to national prosperity and to improving productivity,” said Dr. Patricia Bradshaw, Dean of the Sobey School of Business. “We look forward to welcoming students from Guangdong University into our programs such as the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation and to faculty exchanges and research collaborations.”

Maureen Woodhouse, Saint Mary’s Director of International Activities, recognizes the beneficial nature of this new relationship between Guangdong and Saint Mary’s as a way to improve entrepreneurial education at both institutions

“Guangdong and Saint Mary’s plan to share and learn from their respective models of promoting an entrepreneurial spirit among the members of the communities that they each serve,” she said. “