Albany Law School recently signed a new agreement with the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) in China to continue and expand cooperative educational programs and collaborative research initiatives for students and faculties in both countries.
The signing took place while 33 Albany Law students and four faculty members were touring China for 10 days earlier this month, meeting with alumni in the country and visiting Chinese legal institutions. The Albany Law contingent spent five days meeting with SIFT students and professors, and participating in seminars about U.S. and Chinese law.
“Under the new agreement, we will host a new group of Chinese law students for a study tour in August, and SIFT faculty will serve as visiting scholars at the law school, helping to teach our Introduction to Chinese Law classes and giving other lectures,” said Albany Law School Interim President and Dean Connie Mayer. “We will continue our annual trip for students to China, and we will pursue additional collaborative initiatives with SIFT.”
Dean Mayer continued, “The practice of law is increasingly global in scope, and through this agreement, we are able to better position our students to succeed in fields such as international law and business.”
The SIFT president visited Albany Law in December, and SIFT executives have indicated a desire to further expand the relationship in the future, with possibilities such as Albany Law professors teaching at SIFT, as well as longer-term study abroad opportunities for students at both institutions.
Albany Law signed its first agreement with SIFT in June 2010.