Wake Forest celebrates partnership with Suzhou High School


Harrison and Kersh join Chinese students at the interactive touchscreen kiosk donated by Wake Forest to the Suzhou High School library.

In November, members of Wake Forest University traveled to Suzhou, China, to celebrate a partnership between the Wake Forest Advantage program and Suzhou High School of Jiangsu Province.

Suzhou High School collaborated with the University for the first implementation of Wake Forest Advantage — an on-the-ground curriculum program created to help prepare international students, both academically and culturally, for transition to college in America. Wake Forest Advantage also helps connect Chinese students early in the application process with trusted admissions counselors in the U.S.

As a symbol of gratitude, Wake Forest presented the Suzhou High School library with an installation of resources featuring monographs authored by Wake Forest faculty and staff; a banner representing the relationship between Suzhou High School Library and Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and an interactive touchscreen kiosk. The kiosk provides information on academic and social life on college campuses in the U.S., direct connections to Wake Forest University students and faculty, and research materials developed in collaboration with the ZSR library.

ZSR’s Le’Ron Byrd (’14) and web developer Geoff Groberg assisted with the design and content for the kiosk. The project was overseen by Wake Forest’s Director of Pre-College Global Programs Michelle Klosterman and presented to Suzhou High School by Provost Rogan Kersh and Associate Provost of Global Affairs Kline Harrison. Other representatives included Wake Forest Advantage staff Jay Gentry, Heath Branham and Nelson Brunsting.

Highlights of the event included a post-event politics discussion between Kersh and attendees as well as a Suzhou High School campus tour led by students who have completed the Wake Forest Advantage Program.

Wake Forest Advantage extends thanks to the faculty and staff who donated their scholarly works to the Suzhou High School library for this celebration.