ZYUFL-UIndy International born of China partnership


Phylis Lan Lin (left), associate vice president for international partnerships, now also carries the title of senior vice president of International College. That’s because UIndy launched its second joint-degree partnership in China last fall, this time in the form of a college bearing the University’s name, and Dr. Lin has been selected to oversee the program.

ZYUFL-UIndy International College, a partnership with Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages, is located in the city of Shaoxing, about three hours from Shanghai.With an initial enrollment of approximately 180 students, the three-year program offers rigorous English language instruction and associate’s degrees in business or applied English, awarded jointly by UIndy and ZYUFL. Its graduates will be eligible to apply to UIndy and other U.S. institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree, an opportunity not always available to them in China.

Shipping out to Shaoxing

UIndy faculty will begin travel to the city of Shaoxing this fall to teach. “Like other organizations around Indiana and elsewhere, we see value in building relationships with the world’s second-largest economy,” UIndy President Beverley Pitts said. “And when Chinese students come to Indianapolis, they enrich the local culture as well as the educational experience for other students on our campus.”

Since 2004, the University has partnered with China’s Ningbo Institute of Technology on a joint-degree program that offers bachelor’s degrees in business or English. After completing the first two years on the Ningbo campus, qualifying students have the option of completing their degrees on UIndy’s home campus in Indianapolis. Both Ningbo and Shaoxing are located in the Pacific coast province of Zhejiang, Indiana’s sister state in China. Indianapolis’s sister city, Hangzhou, also is in Zhejiang.