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Chinese aluminum company funds Purdue University's international efforts

September 27, 2011

Purdue University will be receiving funds from Nanshan Group, the parent company of leading aluminum firm Shandong Nashan Aluminum Company for its international study programs. Over the next five years, Nanshan will give the university $2 million per year to support three areas of education.

The money will go toward funding a number of international programs and activities, it will also be used to grant scholarships to students who graduated from Chinese high schools and who are pursuing higher education in China. Some of the funds will also be allocated to Purdue's School of Hospitality and Tourism, the Krannert School of Management and the School of Materials Engineering.

"Yantai Nashan and Purdue universities are rooted in land-grant missions - sharing educational opportunities with their communities," said Purdue president A. Cordova. "This is a great example of how research universities can engage with international businesses and educators to pursue research, learning and engagement."

The world is quickly adapting to advancements in technology, and as a result, many businesses operate on a global level. International education will not only teach students about other cultures, but it will prepare them for a global future.

Students who travel abroad to pursue their studies, or those who are going into international business can use calling cards to stay in touch with their loved ones while abroad.

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