Front row from left to right, Jocelyn Heng, Miao Miao Yu, Alice Han, Lily Li, Lynn Lu, Belle Ni, Rachel Pei, Cherry Hong, Lavender Qin, Daisy Qiu and back row from left to right, Harry Deng, Iris Shi, Amy Yang, Cathy Wu, Skye Qi, Crystal Wang, Lisa Wang and Becky Xu pose for a group portrait on the front lawn of Brenau's Historic Gainesville Campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Front row from left to right, Jocelyn Heng, Miao Miao Yu, Alice Han, Lily Li, Lynn Lu, Belle Ni, Rachel Pei, Cherry Hong, Lavender Qin, Daisy Qiu and back row from left to right, Harry Deng, Iris Shi, Amy Yang, Cathy Wu, Skye Qi, Crystal Wang, Lisa Wang and Becky Xu pose for a group portrait on the front lawn of Brenau's Historic Gainesville Campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

First Group of Anhui ‘2+2’ Students Arrive on Brenau Campus

Aug. 19, 2016
AJ Reynolds

The first wave of Brenau University junior year transfer students arrived Friday, Aug. 19, on the historic campus in Gainesville, Georgia – a city that has a population that is about the same size as the 35,000-student population of Anhui Normal University where they spent the first two years of their undergraduate studies.

To say the group has some adjusting to do probably is a bit of an understatement. However, after flying in from the other side of the world, the first thing they wanted to do was what any other college student wants to do: eat.

After some quick greetings with Brenau faculty and staff, the seven students grabbed their baggage and piled on a Golden Tigers team bus for a quick trip to an Atlanta institution: The Dwarf House in nearby Hapeville, Georgia, the first establishment in the highly successful Atlanta chain Chik-fil-A.

First arrivals, identified with the “American” names that they chose for their time in the United States, included Shengzhi Harry Deng, Yi Crystal Wang, Xinyan Daisy Qiu, Xiaorui Iris Shi, Rui Lavender Qin, Zhengyun Lynn Lu and Xiangqian Cathy Wu.

They preceded others scheduled to arrive later Friday and on Saturday: Tingting Amy Yang, Yu Belle Ni, Ling Becky Xu, Xinyi Lisa Wang, Zirui Cherry Hong, Yanan Skye Qi, Huiyuan Miao Miao (sometimes called Doris) Yu, Jingjing Jocelyn Heng, Xinning Rachel Pei, Ying Alice and Han and Jie Lily Li.

The 18 students are part of a special agreement between Brenau and ANU that permits the students to complete the first two years of their college careers in China and graduate from Brenau after completing their junior and senior years on the Gainesville campus. All the students in this group will major in early childhood education.

Members of the group have spent the last two years in intense preparation for their time in the United States.

As they move into their senior years in the next fall term, they’ll be joined at Brenau by a new crop of about 30 junior as well as the first waves of students in two other “2+2” programs that Brenau has with Chinese universities. All told, when the programs are fully implemented, there will be a steady rotation of about 180 Chinese students working toward Brenau degrees every year.

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