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China Trip Strengthens, Expands Partnerships

(L to R) Guoxun Chen, associate professor of nutrition; Alisa Meador, assistant director of the Center for International Education;  Steve Mangum, dean of the College of Business Administration; Jimmy G. Cheek, chancellor; Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering; Shi Lung Shaw, director of our Confucius Institute; Pia Wood, associate provost and director of the Center for International Education

As you read this, I am returning from a trip to China, where I led a small contingent of UT faculty and staff as we visited several Chinese universities to strengthen our existing partnerships and explore future collaborations.

To move forward in our Top 25 journey, we need to expand our international collaboration with leading institutions worldwide. Occasional trips like this are necessary to achieving this goal.

I traveled with Pia Wood, associate provost and director of the Center for International Education; Alisa Meador, assistant director of the Center for International Education; Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, Steve Mangum, dean of the College of Business Administration; Shi Lung Shaw, director of our Confucius Institute; and Guoxun Chen, associate professor of nutrition.

We visited with administrators and deans and toured several Chinese university campuses, including Sichuan University in Chengdu, Shanghai University, and Southeast University in Nanjing.

We have signed a memorandum of understanding with each of these universities for various types of faculty or student exchanges. Southeast University is also our Chinese partner for our Confucius Institute.

We also visited HANBAN, the governmental agency that administers Confucius Institutions worldwide, and we enjoyed reception and dinner events in Beijing and Shanghai with some of our alumni living and working in China.