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GIA Expands China Education Programs

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will offer remote learning to students in China, expanding its collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

The GIA’s distance-education programs will allow participants to access equipment and gemstones in self-study student workrooms at SJTU, enabling them to complete the courses’ practical aspects.

“Education is the cornerstone of GIA’s mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry, and this initiative with SJTU brings us a step closer to providing more accessible gem and jewelry education to students around the world,” said Duncan Pay, vice president and chief academic officer at GIA.

The GIA began offering campus-based courses at SJTU in 2011, when it launched its Graduate Gemologist course there. The cooperation now includes GIA’s Jewelry Design program, as well as the accelerated Graduate Diamonds and Graduate Colored Stones programs.

More than 500 students have received GIA diplomas from on-campus programs at SJTU. GIA’s distance-education initiative is set to expand its reach, providing its services to a larger number of students across China. Source – www.diamonds.net Rapaport

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