Pictured: President Ferry with SNUTHC President Dr. Caifu YE and SNUTHC Dean of the School of Health Dr. Yaping Zhu.Pictured: President Ferry with SNUTHC President Dr. Caifu YE and SNUTHC Dean of the School of Health Dr. Yaping Zhu.

Concordia University Wisconsin will launch this fall a joint undergraduate degree program with Shanghai Normal University Tianhua College in Shanghai, China, the first of its kind to be approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, university officials announced today.

The new Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science degree program is designed to be completed in four years, with the third year spent on Concordia’s Mequon campus. Upon completion, students will have acquired the necessary training and knowledge for a career in the human services field, treating not only the physical body, but delivering the best possible care to the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually.

This is China’s only joint BSRS program with a university not native to its country that has been approved by the Ministry of Education of China, an equivalent governing structure to the US Department of Education, says Christine Kao, Concordia’s director of the Asian-Pacific Region.

With visiting professors from Concordia playing an integral role in instruction all four years and a curriculum that combines Asian and American approaches to the discipline, the program will offer a truly blended approach to Eastern and Western health care practices.

This program is a true combination of resources,” says Kao. “We maintain high-quality instruction while adding our core value, our Christian belief, to the instruction.”

The joint program is currently open to Chinese students. The vision is to extend the study abroad experience to American students within the next three years.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2017 semester. To learn more or to apply, go to Office of International Student Services webpage or contact Christine Kao at Christine.kao@cuw.edu.

Concordia University is a nonprofit, Lutheran higher education community serving more than 8,900 students online, at two residential campuses in Mequon, Wisconsin, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at 10 satellite centers. The school is affiliated with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and is part of the Concordia University System, a national network of colleges. Learn more online at www.cuw.edu and www.cuaa.edu.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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