SHSU Launches Dual Degree with Chinese Police College

The Second Cohort from Zhejiang Police College pose with SHSU faculty members during certificate ceremony
The Second Cohort from Zhejiang Police College pose with SHSU faculty members during their certificate ceremony.

Beginning this Summer, the College of Criminal Justice will offer its second dual degree program with Zhejiang Police College (ZPC) in China, adding to opportunities already available at Kyonggi University in Korea.

The program will allow students from the Zhejiang Police College to earn degrees from both the Chinese college and Sam Houston State University (SHSU)* after completing the required courses from each institution. The program will begin with the third cohort of Chinese police cadets to participate in an exchange program with SHSU. Four Chinese students are expected to pursue the dual degree by spending a full academic year and two summers studying at Sam Houston.

"They will get two degrees," said Dr. Jurg Gerber, head of International Initiatives at the College of Criminal Justice. "They will have an American degree and a Chinese degree."

Sam Houston State University offers a similar dual degree program with Kyonggi University in Korea, where students can earn degrees in criminal justice or political science at SHSU. That program has been in place since 2008.

Students who participate in the program must meet all graduation requirements for both institutions, and they can be given credit for some comparable classes.

"We all benefit from this arrangement," said Gerber. "You get to exchange international students and expose our students to the country’s culture and the Chinese criminal justice system."

The new dual degree program is just one part of growing collaborations between Sam Houston and Zhejiang Police College. The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas, a nationally recognized institute offering premiere professional development opportunities in policing, began its first exchange program with professional law enforcement command staff from China in May.

While police officials from China visited police departments in Texas, a law enforcement delegation representing large, medium, small departments and school law enforcement from Texas recently returned from their first trip to China. The delegation included representatives from police departments in Houston, Alvin, League City, and Memorial City was well as the Fort Bend Independent School District Police.

For the last two years, 16 police cadets from China have spent their junior year at SHSU, and SHSU criminal justice professors have traveled to China to teach at ZPC. The program is designed to provide basic information about the American criminal justice system and teach English to prepare students for their experience at our American university. During their stay in the United States, Alvin and League City Police Departments provide a week-long internship for police cadets from China.

The Second Cohort of students from Zhejiang Police College recently completed their junior year at SHSU and received certificates at a special ceremony held at the College. The cohort of students became active participants at the College, even sweeping the awards for the annual Criminal Justice Undergraduate Conference, a research and poster contest.

"We gained a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system," said Xianyuan (Kevin) Wang "We were here long enough to see the similarities and differences between the systems."

The students participating in the exchange program were: Shu (Grace) Cang, Mengmeng (Jane) Chen, Minming (Jessica) Chen, Dingnai (Cedric) Gong, Zhanhong (Chris) Guo, Yingyu (Peggy) Le, Qing (Mia) Lin, Kexin (Cathy) Liu, Tong (Nydia) Ni, Xianyuan (Kevin)Wang, Jun (Charles) Wu, Zhuangdan (Ben) Xia, Qiao (John) Xiang, Shuye (Alan) Xie, Haibo (Samuel) Zhang and Xue (Sherry) Zhang. The delegation leader was Quiming (Ming) Yu.

The College of Criminal Justice also is working on a dual degree program with a second university in Korea, Gerber said.

*Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master and Ph.D. degrees. Zhejiang Police College is not accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges and the accreditation of Sam Houston State University does not extend to or include Zhejiang Police College or its students. Further, although Sam Houston State University agrees to accept certain course work from Zhejiang Police College to be applied toward an award from Sam Houston State University, that course work may not be accepted by other colleges or universities in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from Sam Houston State University. The decision to accept course work in transfer from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work.

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