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March 30, 2010

McMaster signs agreement with China Scholarship Council

An agreement that will attract more graduate students from China to McMaster was signed today at the University.

"McMaster University enjoys a strong international reputation for academic rigour and innovation," said President Patrick Deane. "This agreement with the China Scholarship Council reinforces both our global standing and the excellence of our scholarly enterprise."

He and Jinhui Liu, director general of the China Scholarship Council signed the agreement.

The arrangement already seems to be working. Allison Sekuler, associate vice-president and dean of graduate studies, says that ever since McMaster began coordinating its recruitment efforts with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in anticipation of the agreement, there has seen a dramatic increase in applications from China and in the numbers of CSC-funded students.

"Our applications from China increased by 13 per cent this year, and the numbers of Chinese students accepting our offers increased by more than 30 per cent," said Sekuler. "We also were able to recruit eight CSC-funded students for the 2010/2011 year, which is the first year covered by our new agreement."

The agreement addresses the Ontario Government's goal of increasing international enrollment, says Sekuler, adding that the new recruits will bring about $480,000 to the University through the program.

"By working with the China Scholarship Council, we will be able to tap into a pool of excellent graduate students from China," said Luke Chan, associate vice-president, International Affairs. "All the students are from the '211' universities - an educational priority program organized by the Chinese Ministry of Education whereby 100 universities are targeted to receive special funding to be a world class university in the 21st century."

Students can receive CSC funding in doctoral stream programs in all six faculties at McMaster University, and McMaster's agreement extends the traditional PhD level support provided by the CSC to include support for a limited number of master's level students as well. The agreement also provides funding from the CSC for visiting graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows from China to study and work at McMaster, and for McMaster graduate students to spend time studying in China.

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