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Shangdong University president welcomes former UW professor

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The November 2013 photography exhibit and symposium, "Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China" attracts more than 900 visitors to the design gallery at the School of Human Ecology.

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February 2014 student newspaper article, "International students strive to make a home at UW-Madison,

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Study Abroad update

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Badger trio sees "Channel C" success

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Taiwan finance leader debuts as visiting scholar at UW-Madison Law School

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Parent Program goes global with Chinese site

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Spring 2013 China connections to People's University, Soochow University, USTC and more

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West High students take up Chinese brushes

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Microblogging Chinese style: Alum has Sina Weibo account for the Badger"

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'Window to China' donates to UW-Madison Libraries

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China Town Hall focuses on impact of social media

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

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June 2012: In Shanghai, UW-Madison inaugurates first overseas office

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

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Launch of UW Shanghai office energizes Chinese Badgers

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1979 Delegations to China have Enduring Impact

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October 2011: Former World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin draws big crowds to campus

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February 2011: Zhejiang University president makes new connections, finds family's Badger background

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More WCI stories...

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

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Above: UW-Madison Director of theT. Douglas Price Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry James Burton (at center in blue shirt), listens to his colleagues at a conference on Bronze Age China held at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, Anhui Province. Seated at Mr. Burton's right is UW Anthropology graduate student Tegan McGillivray. Mr. Burton uses tooth enamel analysis to understand mobility in ancient China.

Shanghai Seminar grants send Badgers across China

by Laurie Dennis

From planning new joint-research projects about Bronze Age China to showing off the design of the new School of Human Ecology building at an exhibition in Beijing to sending percussion students to perform in north China, the Shanghai Seminar program has succeeded in sending University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, researchers and students across the China region to initiate new research partnerships and strengthen existing academic connections.WeiDong

“This grant program has succeeded far beyond our expectations to promote the UW-Madison brand in China and to send our faculty and students across disciplines to lead and be part of cutting-edge research collaborations,” said Wisconsin China Initiative Director Nicole Huang.  “This latest round was particularly diverse – grants were awarded to proposals from the School of Music, Department of Anthropology, College of Education, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the School of Human Ecology, fulfilling the mission of the China Initiative as a cross-campus platform.”

(The photo above right includes UW-Madison Design Professor Wei Dong -- third from right --being honored in Beijing at an international conference on sustainable design.)

The Shanghai Seminar Series was developed in conjunction with the opening of the Shanghai Innovation Office in 2012 as an opportunity for UW–Madison faculty to host seminars, workshops and conferences in Shanghai with participants from across China and beyond. The series is designed to encourage both new and ongoing scholarly collaborations between UW–Madison faculty and colleagues in East Asia. Though initial rounds of funding focused on the Shanghai region, the grant program has expanded to include a range of projects across the China region. (Click here to read about past grant winners.)

The Wisconsin China Initiative, which coordinates the grant program, is preparing to release a new call for grant proposals for 2015-16.  The new call is expected to be released through this website in early spring.

Click here to read the full story, including a listing of the current round of funded projects.

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Red Cap

Yao Yang to offer 3rd "Red Cap" lecture March 24

YaoYangYao Yang, Dean of Peking University's National School of Development and Director of the China Center for Economic Research, will offer the next "Red Cap" lecture series. Dean Yao (pictured at right) is an alum of the UW-Madison, having earned his Ph.D. in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the UW-Madison in 1996. He was last on campus in the fall of 2011 as a visiting professor at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Dean Yao's talk will be held at Memorial Union starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and focus on his recent research into what he has referred to as "the Chinese system of selectocracy" and how this has influenced China's economic growth. The public lecture will be the third in the "Red Cap" series on China & Global Economics, sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative. (The name derives from the red caps which are handed out at the beginning of the lectures.)

Click on the link to read about the October 2014 Red Cap lecture by Dr. Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., and the April 2014 lecture by Dr. Stephen Roach of Yale University.

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Global Gateway

Summer programs bring Chinese college students to Madison in engineering, genetics

Summer 2014 featured two new programs that introduced elite Chinese undergraduates to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s civil engineering and genetics departments. The Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange, or JESIE, sent a cohort of 28 students to spend July and August learning about water treatment systems, mentored by UW Engineering Professor Jae Kwang (Jim) Park. Meanwhile, in genetics, UW Genetics Professor Jerry Yin worked with a group of five seniors from the University of Science and Technology in China (USTC), located in Anhui Province, as part of a new program to introduce USTC undergraduates to the UW-Madison.

Click here to read the full story.

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Pharma collaboration links experts in Taiwan, Wisconsin

At a ceremony in San Diego in June 2014, Professor W. John Kao represented the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a world leader in biomedicine, to sign an agreement to collaborate with the Development Center for Biotechnology (DCB), a Taiwanese biotech non-profit. DCB

The agreement exhibits UW-Madison's commitment to identifying global opportunities and partnerships for mutually beneficial collaborations in bioscience.

Dr. Kao, former director of the Shanghai Innovation Office and associate dean of the Division of International Studies (sitting behind the American flag in the photo), and the DCB representative held the signing ceremony in conjunction with the 2014 BIO International Convention, the world's largest trade biotech trade organization, held this year in San Diego, with outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the keynote speaker..

Click here to read the full story.

"We are clearly establishing UW-Madison as a player on the world stage in collaborations in bioscience and technology development." - John Kao

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UW-Madison to develop curriculum for major dairy training program in China

Representatives from Nestlé China were in Madison in June 2014 to sign a $1.7 million agreement for developing a dairy training program serving a new Nestlé center in China's Heilongjiang Province. UW-Madison personnel will design and help deliver a series of courses covering key aspects of dairy farm management.

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"The curriculum will range from practical training for farm workers to managerial level training for farm managers to courses for expert consultants who will be advising those managers," explains UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science professor Pamela Ruegg (see photo at right, taken at the signing ceremony), who is leading the project with dairy science professor David Combs and Karen Nielsen, director of the university's Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development.

The new Dairy Farming Institute is the key element of Nestlé's effort to establish a larger, more reliable source of high quality milk to supply its processing facilities in China. The institute will include a training center and three demonstration farms to teach farmers and dairy industry professionals the skills needed to manage larger, more sophisticated dairy operations.

Besides the new institute - located in the city of Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang, in northeastern China - Nestlé China also includes 27 factories, four research and development centers, four coffee boutiques, and corporate headquarters in Beijing.

Click here to read the UW-Madison press release about the new training program.

Click here to see more photos from the signing ceremony.

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Sustainability Office holds Shanghai workshop

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of Sustainability led a business delegation to China June 16-20, 2014, that included visits to the cities of Shanghai and Ningbo, along with a two-day program, “Sustainable Urban Environments: Innovation for the Future.”

The workshop, sponsored in part by Shanghai’s Minhang District, offered a forum for sharing best practices from the industrial and academic sectors in the planning, designing, and creating of sustainable urban environments. Representatives from several departments in the People's Government of Minhang District attended. (Click here to learn more about the UW-Madison connections with Minhang District, through the East Asian Legal Studies Center.)

The UW-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office offered coordination and logistics for the event.

Click here to read the full report.

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Neville Lam (above) is the On-Site Director for the Shanghai Innovation Office.

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Study Abroad

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Parent Program 家长项目 Connecting parents and families to the UW-Madison

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Click here to learn more about the Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Center, founded in 1990.

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China Initiative Director Nicole Huang

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Click here to read about the UW-Madison's first post-Mao era visiting scholar from China, Liu Baicheng. Pictured above is Prof. Liu (at right) with the late UW engineering professor Carl Loper. Prof. Liu, now at Tsinghua University, was honored recently in Beijing for his pioneering role as a visiting scholar.

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UW-Madison ranked 24th among world's universities

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was ranked 24th among world universities in 2014 survey by Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University. Click here to read the full report...

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Click here to learn about President Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” to increase the number and diversity of American students studying in China.

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