Wenzhou-Kean University is a shining example of the mutual cooperation between the United States and China in higher education. As a center for fostering cultural exchange between China and the United States, the mission of this university is based on two primary principles of access and excellence.
The access component of this mission is to provide an opportunity to students in China from many different provinces to receive international higher education in an English-speaking university in China. Access also means that students from all over the world, especially the United States, have the opportunity to study in China using an international curriculum and meeting the guidelines of the accreditation agencies that accredit Kean University in USA and its programs in Wenzhou, China.
The excellence component of this mission is to provide world-class education, with world-class programs, taught by world-class faculty in world-class facilities in Wenzhou, China.
Wenzhou-Kean University now offers 18 undergraduate programs, seven master's programs, and one doctoral program. Kean University offers more than 50 undergraduate programs and more than 60 graduate options for study.
Kean University is a public university founded in 1855 in New Jersey. It enjoys a high reputation in the United States. Kean is a world-class, vibrant, and diverse university.
We currently have over 220 full-time teachers from over 40 countries and regions worldwide, most of whom have international teaching backgrounds and doctoral degrees.
The style of Chinese layout and elements of American university are embodied in the campus buildings and facilities.
We have a high rate of pursuing master's degrees, with 63.64% of those seeking further education admitted to the top 100 universities worldwide and 45.68% admitted to the top 50 universities.
We currently have over 4500 students, including international students from various countries, including the United States and Malaysia. We have exchanged over 1200 exchange students with Kean University.
Mr.Wang Beijiao, MPA from Kean University, currently serves as Party Secretary of Wenzhou-Kean University and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wenzhou-Kean University. He is presently in charge of the university’s daily operation. Mr.Wang previously served as the Assistant to Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Rui’an City, Director General of Wenzhou Science and Technology Bureau and Director of Wenzhou Municipal Party Committee Office. Since he began his career in August 1984, he has gained a rich experience in agriculture planning, land management and administrative management. He also has a deep insight in university management and development.
Since Wang assumed the present office in August 2014, he has been actively learning from Kean University to improve Wenzhou-Kean University’s organizational structure and system. He maintains a good balance of the relationship between board of directors, party committee and the president and conducts the president accountability under the leadership of board of directors. Focusing on innovation and creativity, he actively explores the rule of running Sino-American cooperative university. Under Wang’s leadership, the 2015 WKU admissions was quite successful – he has helped the university to extend its influence and build its reputation. Based on the demands of Wenzhou’s economic and social development as well as the university’s actual practice, he initiated WKU 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Under Wang’s leadership, a significant progress has been achieved in overall campus construction, site planning and the surrounding environment. Wang values ties with government and enterprises, and established the Wenzhou Institute for Commerce and Entrepreneurship to attract more entrepreneurs to visit WKU for training and communication. The institute would serve as a platform for potential cooperation in information sharing and funding, as well as providing internship opportunities for students. To diversify WKU’s channels of income and to ensure a sustainable future, Wang has been working on establishing WKU Foundation.
Wang always emphasizes the concept that all work should be student-centered. He also attaches great importance to talent building and improving the management level as well as the communication between China and the U.S. Wang will keep leading WKU toward a better future.
Leadership & Board of Directors
Covering an area of 494 acres in land planning, the campus of Wenzhou-Kean University is located in a beautiful township called Li’ao in Wenzhou. The style of Chinese layout and elements of American university are embodied in the campus buildings and facilities. The University strives for building a humanistic, ecological, intellectual, and outreach campus with merged Chinese and American cultures. Currently, the first phase of the campus has been completed, including both existing and under-construction buildings, covering approximately 300,000 square meters, meeting the basic educational and teaching needs. The planning for the second phase, spanning around 329 acres, has been largely finalized. Efforts are underway to advance the construction of student dormitories(section 3) and faculty housing(phase 2), making way for the emergence of an international, modern, and open university campus. Over the course of twelve years, starting from the integration of Chinese and American education, WKU has integrated the natural beauty of Wenzhou’s mountains and waters with American culture. The campus architecture has been recognized as one of Wenzhou City’s “Top Ten Landmark Buildings” and included in the “Centenary Celebration Showcase.” It has also been highlighted as a typical “Sponge City Project.”
According to the strategic planning, WKU will develop about 7000 on-campus students and 400 faculty by the year 2025. 30 undergraduate and graduate programs will be offered to students, and the campus will reach 380,000 square meters. WKU will be a high-level international university that is “contributing in Wenzhou, renowned in Zhejiang, influential in China and distinctive in the world”.