NSCAD signs sister agreement with Fujian, China

NSCAD University is pleased to be a signatory to a recent sister agreement between the Province of Nova Scotia and Fujian Province, China.

A number of Nova Scotia companies, cultural groups, and universities will benefit from the new agreement, which was announced with a virtual signing on December 21, 2020. NSCAD interim President Dr. Sarah McKinnon took part in the event, as did Canada’s ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, China’s ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, and departmental and university leaders from Fujian and Nova Scotia. 

Dr. McKinnon joined Fujian’s Minjiang University in signing the agreement. By taking part in the agreement, NSCAD can pursue new opportunities in China while building upon the already robust relationship between the university and its Chinese students and alumni. 

“NSCAD is proud to sign this agreement along with our partners at Minjiang University,” said Dr. McKinnon. “NSCAD values its strong and long-standing connections with our international students, and we hope this agreement will help us forge lasting relationships with students from Fujian.” 

International students contribute tremendously to the diversity and belonging that is deeply valued at NSCAD. Each year, students from around the world enrich the NSCAD learning environment with their unique cultural perspectives.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Fujian Governor Wang Ning met virtually and signed the formal twinning agreement on December 21, 2020. The agreement strengthens the provinces’ current relationship and helps universities, businesses and organizations pursue new partnerships in trade, investment, science and technology, culture, education, sport and health care.

Fujian is a province of China, with a population of more than 39 million people. Fujian is the second Chinese province to sign a twinning agreement with Nova Scotia, after Guangdong in 2018. 

Read the provincial government’s news release here.