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Milwaukee mayor signs China student-exchange agreement

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UNDATED (WSAU) Hundreds of students from China would attend U-W Milwaukee under a five-year recruiting agreement that's expected to be signed today in Beijing.

U-W-M Chancellor Michael Lovell is scheduled to sign an agreement with an education network run by the Chinese government. The network would recruit students throughout China, and others could sign up on their own. Up to 50 Chinese students would attend U-W-M next fall, and the numbers would rise each year to around 250 by 2015. Officials said the arrangement would increase the school's international profile, bring in millions in out-of-state tuition dollars, and create new workers for Milwaukee businesses that now operate in China. About 1,000 international students attend U-W Milwaukee now, and a quarter of them are from China.

The new arrangement is being signed on Mayor Tom Barrett's trade mission to China which began yesterday. The U-W Board of Regents must still act on the deal. It's up for approval at a meeting of the Regents later this week.

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