Troy University Art and Design Chair strengthens international relations

Art & Design Chair Greg Skaggs spent 16 days in China teaching and creating new partnerships.

Art & Design Chair Greg Skaggs spent 16 days in China teaching and creating new partnerships.

Troy University Art & Design Chair Greg Skaggs has returned to TROY after 16 days at the Changzhou Institute of Technology in China teaching studio art classes, strengthening existing relations and building new ones. 

Greg Skaggs paints during one of his studio sessions

Skaggs first visited C.I.T. in 2019 and visited again in 2023. Both previous visits yielded 30 new international students coming into the Art & Design program.

“I think it’s very important to travel internationally, get to know these students, their culture and some of the challenges they face here,” he said. “I believe having this firsthand knowledge and spending some time getting to know them eases their transition in to the 1+2+1 program. I look forward to watching them all grow creatively with our faculty in Art & Design.”

The 1+2+1 program, a partnership between the China Center for International Educational Exchange and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, offers students an opportunity to spend one year at their home school, two years at TROY and then their final year back in their hometown. Graduates then receive degrees from both institutions.

Skaggs also visited Minnon Normal University in Zhangzhou, China, where he presented on Troy University, Art & Design and the successes of the program and graduates. Minnon Normal will be joining TROY’s 1+2+1 network of schools internationally that will offer students the opportunity to study abroad in Alabama. 

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