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In conjunction with the opening of the new Shanghai Innovation Office in June 2012, UW–Madison and the Minhang District joined with 3M China, Promega and others to host an Entrepreneurs Roundtable and two-day Innovation Conference. These events were designed to showcase how this office can help facilitate innovation that engages experts across multiple disciplines to work with partners in mutually beneficial ways.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A SLIDE SHOW on the June 2012 Innovation Conference.



Board hears of new professors, student activities

The Wisconsin China Initiative held its fourth annual advisory board meeting in Madison, on October 13th and 14th, 2011.

The event started with a dinner and reception Thursday evening, Oct. 13, at the Hilton's Capital Club, attended by almost 50 board members, University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and students. (Pictured above is, from left, visiting economist Yang Yao, his wife, librarian Nie Hua, and UW-Madison Vice Provost and Dean Gilles Bousquet.) Two new faculty with China expertise were introduced: historian Shelly Chan, who studies the Chinese diaspora and modern China; and Asian law specialist Mark Sidel, whose research focuses on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, law and development, and human trafficking. Students also addressed the gathering to describe their recent internships in China and also the activities of campus groups in Madison that serve students from China and Taiwan. (See the slide show below for more details.)

Friday morning, the advisory board met at the Pyle Center to discuss UW-Madison goals for the upcoming year. Board members also heard two student presentations: graduate student Karolina May-Chu was funded in part by the WCI to attend the inaugural summer session of the Institute for World Literature at Peking University, while undergrad Mark Troianovski participated in the summer language intensive program in Tianjin. Mark performed an excerpt from his prize-winning presentation that he wrote in Chinese for a contest this summer.

After the board meeting, activities concluded with a public lecture by World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin. Dr. Lin spoke to a packed auditorium at Grainger Hall on the topic of "Demystifying China' Economy." (See the WCI home page for more details on Dr. Lin's talk.)

The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with Greater China and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government. The Initiative is housed within the Division of International Studies. It is staffed by Associate Director Laurie Dennis, and directed by Law Professor John Ohnesorge.

Click below on our photo slideshow from the two-day event..

China Initiative Board holds 2010 meeting Oct. 6-7

The Wisconsin China Initiative welcomed advisory board members from around the world for their annual leadership meeting held October 6-7, 2010. The two-day assembly began with a welcome reception and dinner, where the new UW-Madison China studies faculty, Joseph Dennis, assistant professor of history, and Sida Liu, assistant professor of sociology, spoke. On Thursday, the board members were updated on the Chancellor's trip to China and UW-Madison and China relations; and lunched with student leaders while listening to  presentations from Mary Regal, director of the Bureau of Export Development for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and Edward Friedman, professor of political science. The gathering ended with a free and public panel discussion on Wisconsin-China water collaborations -- Learn more about the panelists.

Enjoy a photo gallery about the meeting events, presentations, and board members who attended this two-day collaborative engagement.


Photos by Pauline Zhu, Division of International Studies



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