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News Archive for the Wisconsin China Initiative:


Shanghai Seminar grants send Badgers across China

Shanghai alumni celebrate March Madness 2015!

September 2014: Summer programs bring students from top Chinese universities

June 2014: Pharma collaboration links experts in Taiwan, Wisconsin

June 2014: UW dairy scientists develop training curriculum for Nestle China

June 2014: Sustainability Office holds Shanghai workshop.

February 2014 Shangdong University president welcomes former UW professor

The November 2013 photography exhibit, "Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China" attracts more than 900 visitors.

October 2013 Badger trio sees "Channel C" success

March 2013: West High students take up Chinese brushes

October 2012: China Town Hall focuses on impact of social media

February 2014: Click on "International students strive to make a home at UW" to read the Daily Cardinal article, which has a focus on students from China.

Learn about the launch of the Parent Program's Chinese page in October 2013.

Taiwan finance leader Yen Ching-Chang spent parts of the 2013-14 academic year on campus as a visiting scholar with the Law School. This connection is due to Mr. Yen's longstanding friendship with UW Law Professor Charles Irish.

Click on "Spring 2013 Semester China Connections" to see photos and text about campus visitors from People's University in Beijing, Ghent University in Belgium, the Xiamen University Law School, and Soochow University in Jiangsu Province, and the University of Science & Technology in Anhui Province.

April 2013: Three UW students, reacting to perceived miscommunication and lack of dialog between Chinese international and UW domestic students, launched a new social media site, "Channel C." It has proved a needed outlet for converstions.

March 2013: UW visiting scholar Wang Kegang went to Madison West High School to demonstrate traditional Chinese brush painting to students. Learn more at: "West High students take up Chinese brushes."

November 2012: The UW Libraries received a collection from the National Library of China valued at over $30,000. Click on "Window to China."

October 2012: Alum Tuo Wang helped the UW launch a Sina Weibo account . Click on: Microblogginging Chinese style

Professor Nicole Huang (at left) served as faculty director for the WCI from fall 2012 until spring 2015. Click here to read the article and press release issued at the start of her term.

August 2012: Jackie Gong is first UW medical student to work at PLA General Hospital

Stories related to the Shanghai Innovation Office: June 2012 launch of new office and "Special Report: Wisconsin in China" with features on the personal ties that led to the Minhang District of Shanghai, the energized Shanghai alumni chapter, and the use of decore to connect the office to past UW-China engagement.

Click here to see the collection of photos from former Chancellor David Ward's June 2012 trip to China.

The October 2011 campus lecture by former World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin drew a packed house to the Wisconsin School of Business' Morgridge Auditorium. His keynote address, "Demystifying the Chinese Economy" was based on his recent book.

In February 2011, Zhejiang University president Yang Wei (see photo at right) toured the campus where his parents met in the 1940s. He also gave a talk on the state of higher education in China. Click on Zhejiang University president makes new connections, finds family's Badger background to learn more.

Interim Chancellor David Ward spoke at a campus-wide meeting March 14, 2012, about plans to open the UW-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office. The new office is the first overseas outpost for the UW-Madison. Ward views it as a pilot project that will offer professional training and other types of programs. Click on "UW office in Shanghai seen as innovative" to learn more. Prior to the March 14 meeting, Division of International Studies Dean Gilles Bousquet traveled to China to talk with alumni and others about the office concept. Click here to read the Dec. 10, 2011 press release, "UW plans in Shanghai receive strong support."

2012 Obituary: "Maurice Meisner, modern China historian, dies at 80"

University of Wisconsin-Madison students garnered big wins, including three first-place awards, at the 2011 Chinese Speech Contest for Summer Programs in China, held in July at Peking Normal University. Click on, "Wisconsin students collect medals at summer speech contest."

June 2011: "China and the United States: A Tale of Two Views on Education," a guest post in the Chronicle of Higher Education Worldwise blog by Gilles Bousquet, former dean of the division of international studies and the vice provost for globalization at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Spring 2011 delegations to Madison included the governor of Shaanxi Province, and the Executive Vice Governor of Heilongjiang Province (see photo at right).

Click here to see a slide show from the Division of International Studies' spring 2011 trip to China.

UW Professor Kenneth Kushner launched an exchange program in 2002 between the UW School of Medicine and a partner clinic in Beijing, the Yuetan Community Health Service Center, affiliated with Fuxing Hospital. Find out more in the April 2011 feature, "UW Family Medicine now in ninth year of collaboration with Beijing clinic."

Chinese PLA surgeon Dr. Li Tao spent 2011 as an honorary fellow at UW-Madison. Dr. Li also arranged for a two-day visit to Madison by Dr. Chen Lin, a leading figure in gastro-intestinal cancer treatment in China and chair of the Department of Surgery at Chinese PLA. Read more by clicking on, "UW surgery collaborates with Beijing counterparts."

The Wisconsin China Initiative (WCI) held its first-ever reception for faculty and staff on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Click on "Faculty talk China at first-ever reception" for coverage and photos of the event.

Renowed Peking University economist Yao Yang spent the fall 2011 semester teaching and lecturing at UW-Madison. Dr. Yao is no stranger to Madison, having earned his Ph.D. in Agriculture & Applied Economics at UW-Madison in 1996. Click here to read about Dr. Yao's invitation to return to his alma mater. Also, click here to read about Dr. Yao's 2015 Red Cap lecture.

December 2010: [Wisconsin Worldview] Why China? News analysis on UW China engagement. “The economic, social and cultural changes in China … make it imperative that all of us learn more about China, spend time there and engage with the Chinese people,” wrote Chancellor Biddy Martin after returning from her 13-day visit to China in spring 2010. “It’s an exciting place to be and an important place to understand.”

Shanghai Jiao Tong University President Zhang Jie led a delegation to UW-Madison in December 2010 that featured discussions and presentations about UW-Madison's strengths in encouraging scientific discoveries. Click here to learn more about this visit.

UW System Board of Regents December 2010Meeting: Ties Between UW-Madison and China Growing

The Chinese Champions program, which brings groups of elite athletes from Beijing Sports University to Madison debuted in the summer of 2010. Click here to read about the farewell banquet for the first group, held in December 2010. The photo at left is of one of the Champions showing off her talents at Peking Opera.

Former UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin led a 12-day tour of Greater China in November 2010 that included stops in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Click here to read the highlights.

Gilles Bousquet: "China and the United States: A Tale of Two Views of Education





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