For the first time ever, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)—along with its Office of International and Executive Programs (OIEP)—conducted an online welcome ceremony in honor of students newly enrolled in the UMD-Nanjing Normal University (NNU) joint Master's degree in Criminal Justice

OIEP director Mengxue Li introduced and moderated the event, which took place on October 15, 2020, and featured a series of speakers headlined by Dean Gregory F. Ball (UMD/BSOS), Director Zhijun Yan (NNU/Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges), Dean Daotong Cai (NNU/Law School), and Gary LaFree (Chair, UMD/Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice).

Collectively, the speakers praised the UMD-NNU partnership that has sustained the criminal justice program for nearly two decades, affirmed that the degree enjoys flagship status on both campuses, and cited the program as a model of collaborative international graduate education.  NNU and UMD leaders participating in the event also took the opportunity to pledge renewed support for the program and expressed confidence that it will continue to build on its demonstrated record of success and achieve increased stature in both China and the U.S.

Please see more information about the online welcome reception here.

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