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University Press builds on UNG partnership with Liaocheng University

UNGP and Liaocheng
Dr. B.J. Robinson (fourth from left), Dr. Sungshin Kim (fifth from left), Dr. Chris Jespersen (sixth from left) and Dr. Robert Michael (seventh from left) visited Liaocheng University in September 2014 to begin laying groundwork for the new agreement.

A new agreement between the University of North Georgia Press (UNGP) at the University of North Georgia (UNG) and Liaocheng University in China creates an exchange of publications between the two universities that will include marketing of UNG publications in China.

The agreement, which also includes an opportunity for UNG students work as interns at Liaocheng this spring, further strengthens a partnership that began in 2009.

"What began as a student exchange has grown into something remarkable insofar as how many students, faculty, and administrators have met, visited each other's campuses, and grown both professionally and personally," said Dr. Chris Jespersen, dean of UNG's College of Arts & Letters. "Everyone benefits from this latest agreement. UNG students benefit through spending time working with Liaocheng faculty in China and Liaocheng students benefit from working with an American university press. The faculty at both institutions benefit through the scholarly collaboration that will result in new and path-breaking research reaching a wider audience."

UNGP will publish an annual collection of peer-reviewed articles selected from the Journal of Lioacheng University, an academic monthly journal. UNGP will approve the translated articles and publish them in print form, along with making them available to UNG students, faculty and staff, said Dr. B.J. Robinson director of UNGP and professor of English at UNG.

"We will help select articles based on interest in America," Robinson said. "We will select areas of interest such as economics, literature and translations of contemporary fiction." Liaocheng faculty has requested books from UNG, such as "Basics of American Government" written by UNG faculty members, and offered to translate them into Chinese.

"The next step is to have the translations printed in China and distributed," Robinson said.

For four weeks during May semester, two UNG students will work as interns with Liaocheng's College of Foreign Languages to edit translations of Chinese works into English. Also, Liaocheng will send two graduate students and an instructor to UNG to work with the press.

UNG students will be responsible for making sure the translations are idiomatic and correct to the intention.

"The more specialized a subject is, the more difficult the language is," Robinson said. "Having the students on hand to do the editing with the people doing the translations will be a huge help because they will be able to ask questions and figure out what is really intended, as there are many English words that have no conceptual equivalents in Chinese."

While the interns will pay regular UNG tuition for the course, their travel will be paid by the College of Arts & Letters and accommodations will be supported by a UNGP stipend.

Three faculty members from UNG visited Liaocheng in September to work out details about the agreement: Robinson, Jespersen and Dr. Sungshin Kim, associate professor of history. Dr. Robert Michael, associate vice chancellor for educator preparation and policy for the University System of Georgia and former dean of UNG's College of Education, also went on the trip.

Details for the agreement are being finalized, with plans for the agreement to be signed in time for summer classes beginning May 2015.

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