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
Yao Yang, of Peking University in Beijing, passed the "red caps" table as he entered Memorial Union's Tripp Commons Tuesday afternoon to give a lecture on China's economic growth. (Photos by Chris Frazee, Media Solutions, UW School of Medicine and Public Health.)
Third 'Red Cap' lecture attracts full house
Yao Yang, Dean of Peking University's National School of Development and Director of the China Center for Economic Research, offered a lecture March 24, on how party loyalty and economic performance impact the promotion of leaders in China's government. Dean Yao spoke to a full-house audience of over 200 at Memorial Union's Tripp Commons.
The event was the third in the "Red Cap Lecture Series on China & Global Economics," which was launched by Wisconsin China Initiative Board Chair Wade Fetzer in 2014 to raise the "China literacy" of the campus. (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.)
"We don't want our students, when they are out in their careers, saying 'Well, why didn't I learn more about China when I was at Wisconsin?'" Mr. Fetzer said at the start of the lecture, wearing one of the "red caps" that are handed out at each event. "We're gradually getting the word out - this is our third speaker in the series, and this is our biggest turnout."
Dean Yao is an alum of the UW-Madison, having earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Applied Economics from the UW-Madison in 1996. The current chair of his home department, AAE Professor Ian Coxhead, introduced Dean Yao as a distinguished economist who helps provide perspective, comments on China today, and offers prognostications about China's future.
The lecture, "Understanding the Political Economy of China's Economic Growth," looked at the evolution of what Yao calls a "selectocracy" in today's China, which has ties to the scholar classes of imperial times but adds a new emphasis on party loyalty, economic growth and other factors.
"Performance, particularly economic performance, is an important criterion for promotion," Dean Yao explained, showing charts from his research to document how economic incentives can help compensate for the losses caused by corruption.
After the talk, Dean Yao was presented with a men's basketball "Big 10 Champions" t-shirt by student Tammy Tian, a junior and the co-founder of the student group Project Pengyou. (See photo.)
In addition to the Red Cap lecture, Dean Yao also met with faculty and graduate students (including several current PhDs at UW-Madison who graduated from his think tank at Peking University) and gave a talk to the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economic, “Competence versus Incentive: Evidence from City Officials in China.”
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.
“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.
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.
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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.
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..
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"We are clearly establishing UW-Madison as a player on the world stage in collaborations in bioscience and technology development." - John Kao
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.
"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.
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.