The beginning of international education of ZZULI (Zhengzhou University of Light Industry) can date back to 2001, when it was the first public university in Henan Province undertaking joint education programs with international partners. By employing administrative and teaching staff of sub-schools, IEC（International Education College）acts as an executive and administrative faculty in charge of joint programs of ZZULI. Over more than a decade of development, IEC has turned out large numbers of graduated students who are well received by employers. As a result, IEC won the title of “Top 10 Universities with Joint Education Programs” sponsored by “Sina•China Education” in 2010.
Joint programs in operation include 6 with Edinburgh Napier University, which are International Business, E-commerce, Internet Science and Technology, Product Design, Environmental Design and Digital Art; and 2 with Griffith University of Australia, which are Electronical Engineering & Automation; and Informatics Engineering. The number of program students on campus is 3510. Acting as a window and bridge, IEC has been a good platform for the introduction of high-quality foreign education resources into ZZULI, from which the university has much to borrow and learn in its endeavors of specialty buildup and educational reform.
IEC adopts a curriculum which combines both domestic and international courses, aiming to foster creativity and innovation in students. IEC also has an extensive and comprehensive adoption of English courses of Griffith University Australia, for its applicability, practicality, and internationality, all contributing to a so-called framework of “English + Specialty”. In the delivering of specialized subjects, a number of quality core courses are introduced into the programs. The combination of these bilingual courses with English teaching as a foreign language not only ensures IEC students’ professionality, but gives them a distinctive fluency with the English language as well.
In the process of teaching, IEC concentrates all the quality resources available of the university and the idea of internationalization is carried out all the way through the four years. Teachers of partner universities come to deliver classes, seminars or other cultural activities, which provides IEC students with access to both domestic undergraduate education and international education as well. In addition, students take priority over interactions with foreign teachers and students by joining student exchange programs, international group project and Sino-UK/ Sino-Australian joint labs.
With joint efforts and shared resources, IEC and its foreign partners are committed to offering a range of distinctive courses to educate the students into talents with high English proficiency, practical abilities, international view, creativity and communicative competency. So far, over 600 program students have studies overseas, and the number of exchange students from the international partners has exceeded 100. A number of students excelled themselves and their rivals in international competitions such as IF and Red Dot.
For a long time, the only IELTS test center of Henan Province is located in IEC, which provides conventional IELTS and UKVI test services simultaneously.
For decades, IEC as an institution with its own specialties, has made great achievements in education, as a result of the pursuit of internationalization in terms of its modules, language teaching, faculty sources and lecturing methodology.