Armstrong Establishes Relationship with China’s Jiujiang University

(June 2, 2011) Armstrong Atlantic State University has established formal working relationships with the university in Jiujiang, China, marking another development in the region's ties with Savannah's Sister City.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, Armstrong President Linda Bleicken and other school officials appeared before the Savannah City Council to announce that they formalized an agreement with Jiujiang University to develop collaborative relationships involving students and faculty at both institutions. The program will begin in the next several weeks with video exchanges involving faculty and could grow to involve an exchange program to send Savannah students to China for study, and Chinese students to Armstrong for study.

The agreement between Armstrong and Jiujiang comes on the heels of a similar one signed this spring by Savannah State University, which established a Jiujiang University Exchange Program. Savannah State will send exchange students to Jiujiang University for a semester beginning in September.

Mayor Otis Johnson, Alderman Van Johnson, and City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney traveled with local economic and education leaders – including representatives from Armstrong and Savannah State – to Jiujiang in 2010 to explore and develop business and educational opportunities with Savannah's Sister City.

Savannah signed a Sister City agreement with Jiujiang in 2008 as part of a program organized by the Georgia Department of Economic Development that paired Savannah, Brunswick and Hinesville with cities located in China's Jiangxi Province, including Jiujiang. The goal was to help Georgia establish ties with these growing port communities. In 2009, Jiangxi-based Coby Electronics established a major North American distribution facility on Chatham County's Westside.

Jiujiang has a population of roughly 4 million people. Jiujiang University has four campuses, with nearly 2,000 full-time instructors and 35,000 students.