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Date: March 1, 2004 (04-27)

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Montgomery College and China’s Macau Millennium College
Partner for Future
Partnership to Benefit Both American and Chinese Students, Faculty, Staff 

            Montgomery College officials recently returned from an overseas visit to Macau Millennium College, a newly formed two-year college located in the Macau Special Administrative Region of China, where they took part in events to highlight a recently signed pact between the two institutions and mapped out plans for educational and cultural exchange opportunities between the partnering colleges.  The partnership’s aim is to provide exchange opportunities that will benefit both American and Chinese students.         

“At Montgomery College, we work to create an environment in which students have endless possibilities to grow, learn, and develop knowledge and skills,” said Dr. Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto, Montgomery College’s executive vice president for academic and student services.  “This memorandum of understanding with Macau Millennium College is a first step—the initiation of a partnership we are confident will lead to a lifetime of enhanced possibilities for each of our institutions and the students we serve.”

Signed spring 2003, the memorandum of understanding was the result of more than a year of dialogue between the two institutions.  Since the formation of the partnership, Montgomery College has provided faculty assistance in developing a college-level general education English course for Macau Millennium College.  Representatives of both institutions see this collaboration as an opportunity to create structured curriculum that will strengthen the English skills of Macau Millennium College’s students and enhance their employment opportunities. 

As part of the partnership, Montgomery College will send a faculty member to Macau Millennium College this summer to teach a freshman English course.  It is envisioned that Montgomery College will conduct a study/travel program during the spring 2005 semester. The course would culminate with a trip to Macau and Hong Kong, featuring one-day excursions to places of historic and cultural interest. Within the next few years, Macau Millennium College faculty and students will visit Montgomery College to study specific academic areas and participate in day-long excursions to places of historic and cultural interest within the Washington metropolitan region. 

“Although our two colleges differ in strengths and needs, we share one common goal, that is to provide top quality education at affordable rates for our students,” said Dr. Ambrose So, chancellor of Macau Millennium College.  “We hope that this formal relationship with Montgomery College will enable us to share expertise and to support each other in sharing some resources, in exchanging teachers and experts, and in developing new courses of instruction.  We also look forward to being able to widen the students’ international exposure and understanding.”

During the four-day visit, which was funded by Macau Millennium College, Montgomery College’s Dr. Shartle-Galotto; Dr. Michael Lin, Montgomery College Board of Trustees member; and Clarice Somersall, director of academic and student services, met with Chancellor So, members of his administrative team and Macau Millennium College faculty members to finalize plans for the full implementation of the memorandum of understanding.  The Montgomery College representatives toured Macau Millennium College’s state-of-the-art classrooms, dormitories, and its business training center in the heart of Macau’s downtown.

For more information on the memorandum of understanding between Montgomery College and Macau Millennium College, contact Clarice Somersall, Montgomery College Director of Academic and Student Services, at 240-567-7267.  For information on Macau Millennium College, contact Dr. Kai Cheong Fok, vice president of Macau Millennium College, at his e-mail address: kcfok@mmc.edu.mo.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.