Chinese Vice Minister of Education visits

November  14, 2011

Chinese Vice Minister of Education to Visit Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Contact: Jen Boyer, Media Relations
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
(206) 398‐8236

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Kirkland, WA: Dr. Xin Lu, China's Vice Minister of Education for the country, will visit Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) on Nov. 15, 2011, with a Chinese delegation to research workforce and technical training programs for use in China.

"This is an extreme honor for the school, and our region on a whole," said Lin Zhou, associate dean of extended learning at LWIT who helped arrange the visit. "LWIT is the only school Dr. Lu is visiting on this trip to the United States and it is the policy her department creates that dictates higher education structure throughout China. What she learns here could have significant bearing on how the Chinese provide workforce and job skills training."

Dr. Lu and her delegation of eight dignitaries, including both the deputy director and division head of the Department of Technical and Adult Education within the Chinese Ministry of Education are researching opportunities to provide job skills to today's Chinese college graduates, who while educated still require technical skills to enter the workforce.

The Chinese delegation will spend the morning at LWIT speaking with the school's administration and touring the nursing, dental hygiene, funeral service education, welding and machining departments. The group will then go on to a meeting with Microsoft followed by Boeing.

MEDIA: The delegation arrives at 8 a.m., Nov. 15. The media are welcome to join the delegation in their question and answer session as well as a tour of LWIT. Interviews with the Chinese visitors are available through a provided interpreter. RSVPs required for media participation by calling (425) 739‐8236 or e‐mailing jen.boyer@lwtech.edu.