This past Sunday Bryant University president Ron Machtley sat down with representatives of the Chinese education ministry to sign agreements that will promote a reciprocal relationship between the U.S. and Chinese higher education systems. For over a decade Machtley has been meeting with his Chinese counterparts to create a partnership between the two nations. Bryant University established the U.S.-China Institute in 2005 to provide students and faculty the opportunity to expand global experiences and to offer Chinese-related services to the local community. Only three other U.S. institutions have joint agreements in China.
Bryant University currently has a relationship with the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and the Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai. Plans are to have students available to attend the Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai by the fall of 2013. In exchange, the Chinese government is helping Bryant University create an international visitor's center on the Bryant campus. The center will be a replica of the Forbidden City's Shu Fang Zhai building. Once the $15 million project is completed, it will become the new home of Bryant's U.S. - China Institute.
Since 1991, Malcolm Grear Designers has had its own unique relationship with Bryant University. The studio has designed the main entrance sign, interior and exterior sign systems, including wayfinding, building identification, and donor recognition for the campus. We are currently developing the sign program for the Bryant Center. MGD is also the designer of the alumni magazine, Bryant. The University is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Ron Machtley and his wife Kati were recently acknowledged for their years of dedication to Bryant University in a front page article in the Providence Journal.