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Zhejiang University president to speak on campus




The Chinese Lunar New Year began Feb. 3 this year and its first month will be marked at UW-Madison with a campus visit by the president of Zhejiang University. President Wei Yang will offer a public talk, “Dynamic Growth of Research Universities in China,” at noon on Monday, Feb. 21, in the Director’s Room (4151) of Grainger Hall. 

Located in the southern coastal city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China, consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country.  The visit to Madison of President Yang, a noted researcher in the field of engineering mechanics, will be returning the favor of UW-Madison Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin’s visit to Zhejiang University in the spring of 2010. 

However, President Yang will also be coming to campus for personal reasons.  Madison is the place where his parents met in the 1940s, as young students from China.  President Yang’s father, Guanghua Yang, received his doctoral degree in chemistry from UW-Madison in 1951, and went on to be a leading educator in China and a pioneer in developing China’s oil industry.


John Ohnesorge and President Zhang

President Wei Yang


“We look forward to helping President Yang learn more about his parents’ Badger roots,” said Gilles Bousquet, dean of the Division of International Studies and Vice Provost for Globalization.  “His visit further strengthens our ties to China’s elite universities and our understanding of the massive changes underway in China’s higher education world.  This is one of the many benefits of Chancellor Martin’s two China trips in 2010.”

Zhejiang was among 13 Chinese universities visited by Chancellor Martin in 2010.  She led delegations in March and November to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and other cities as part of an effort to raise the visibility of UW-Madison in East Asia and to develop strategic relationships with important universities and institutions.



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