University of Washington Bothell, Bellevue College to jointly enroll international students


January 13, 2011
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BELLEVUE, WASH. -- A new type of educational partnership in the state of Washington will be launched on Wednesday, Jan. 19, when the University of Washington Bothell and Bellevue College sign a memorandum of understanding to establish a cooperative admissions process for international students studying business in the United States.

The initiative is expected to begin in the Fall of 2012, when the first class of 20 students will be jointly admitted to Bellevue College and the University of Washington Bothell. The institutions anticipate that the first international cohort of students will come from China.

The students will first complete two years of intensive study at Bellevue College, earning a two-year degree in business while also catching up with local students in their command of English and acquaintance with U.S. culture. Then they will transfer directly to UW Bothell for another two years to earn a bachelor of arts in business.

In addition to offering business programs on its main Bothell Campus, the UW Bothell offers both MBA and bachelor-level business programs at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center. Undergraduate concentrations for UW business students in Bellevue include finance, entrepreneurship and international business. The involvement of international students is intended to add depth and context to the learning experiences of native students on the international business track.

Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan of UW Bothell and President Jean Floten of Bellevue College will sign the agreement in ceremonies at 4:00 p.m. on January 19 in Bellevue College’s boardroom. “This new agreement offers a great model for how Washington’s community colleges and four-year universities can build effective partnerships,” Kenyon Chan pointed out. “With this agreement we are taking major steps to enhance the region’s global competiveness.”

“Global awareness is an increasingly important outcome for students in today’s world,” said President Jean Floten of Bellevue College. “This partnership between two leading institutions of higher education will create even more opportunities for students from Washington to learn alongside students from another part of the world.  We are pleased to join the University of Washington Bothell in this partnership.” Planning for the collaborative project began last year, when leaders of UW Bothell and its business program invited Bellevue College to participate. Bellevue College, already the major source of transfer students into the UW Bothell business program, was selected largely because of its long experience not only in educating international students but in  acquainting them with U.S. culture.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell will debut a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It will also launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center.

About Bellevue College: Serving more than 37,000 students each year, Bellevue College is the third largest educational institution in Washington state, behind only the University of Washington and Washington State University. The college’s Business Transfer Program sends more students on to the combined campuses of the University of Washington than any other college in the state. Those numbers have included students who went on to win the UW Chancellor’s Medal and other top honors, including selection as UW commencement student speakers. Other graduates of BC’s business
program have gone on to success at Columbia, Stanford and numerous other top institutions throughout the nation. The college maintains active sister-school relationships with Shanghai Business School and Beijing University of Agriculture. Bellevue College has received commendations from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Undersecretary Ron Sims and Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire to support its efforts to recruit Chinese students.