University Partners with Largest Labor Organization

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<p><strong>Orange Beach, Ala. &mdash; June 19&nbsp;</strong><br />With a growing number of international students, Columbia Southern University is further expanding its overseas reach by partnering with foreign organizations.&nbsp; </p><p>One of this online university&rsquo;s latest partnerships includes the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, the largest labor organization in Hong Kong.&nbsp; </p><p>The alliance will provide the more than 300,000 members of this federation with a 10 percent tuition discount and access to associate, bachelor&#39;s, master&#39;s and doctoratal distance learning programs.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />&ldquo;We want to encourage our members to grasp educational opportunities that will advance their professional growth,&rdquo; said Wong Chimei, Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions deputy general secretary. &ldquo;Our partnership with Columbia Southern University offers new and unique online education possibilities that will make completing a degree program more affordable and attainable for the working population.&rdquo; &nbsp;<br /><br />Partnership benefits also include promotion of the federation on the Columbia Southern University Web site, marketing materials, as well as at conferences and speaking engagements.&nbsp; </p><p>University staff members will participate in at least 100 conferences this year all over the United States and in parts of Canada, Italy and Vietnam.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Founded in 1948, the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions began with 22 affiliated unions and 20,000 members.&nbsp; </p><p>Today, the federation is made up of 175 affiliated unions and 46 associated unions, representing industries such as marine transport, public utilities, construction and manufacturing.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />&ldquo;We take pride in offering educational opportunities with a global reach,&rdquo; Robert Mayes, Columbia Southern University president, said. &ldquo;Because all of our degree programs are completely online, students can accomplish their goals of higher education from anywhere in the world.&rdquo; <br /><br />Other international partnerships with Columbia Southern University include Commtest, a New Zealand-based high-tech manufacturer and one of the world&rsquo;s most respected producers of condition monitoring equipment.&nbsp; </p><p>The university also holds partnerships with national corporations such as Delta Air Lines, Boeing and the Federal Protective Service.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>

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