Hays Fort Hays State University and a Chinese university have taken the first step toward expanding their distance-learning program to a second site.
This is the second year that students at the Sias University of Businesses and Management in Henan Province can work toward a degree from Fort Hays State without leaving home. The approximately 200 participants must take about a quarter of their required classes through Fort Hays State.
Fort Hays State President Edward Hammond and two members of the Kansas Board of Regents traveled to China earlier this month to meet with government and education officials about expanding the program.
Sias University, the only privately owned English-language university in China, wants to add a site in Beijing, but must first get the support of a state-run university in the area.
During the recent 10-day visit, Fort Hays State signed an agreement with the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Sias hopes to open the new campus in 2003.
Shawn Chen, a China native and successful California businessman, decided to start Sias to provide more opportunities for Chinese students.