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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 Ruth David Design Gallery at the School of Human Ecology.


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


Study Abroad update


Badger trio sees "Channel C" success


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


Parent Program goes global with Chinese site


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


West High students take up Chinese brushes


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


'Window to China' donates to UW-Madison Libraries


China Town Hall focuses on impact of social media


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


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


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


Launch of UW Shanghai office energizes Chinese Badgers


1979 Delegations to China have Enduring Impact


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


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


More WCI stories...


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



Madison Chapter to mark 'Project Pengyou Day' Nov. 20

The new UW-Madison chapter of Project Pengyou will hold a free public event to mark National Pengyou Day Thursday, Nov. 20.  The UW-Madison celebration will be held in Union South's Landmark Room from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and will include pizza, dumplings and cake, along with the following activities:

  • a talk by Dan Gold, Director of International Academic Programs, about why UW students should care about China.
  • a panel of students moderated by Kelly Wang, a junior from Beijing, China, and the outreach coordinator for Project Pengyou.  This panel will feature international students talking about their experience on campus, along with students who have attended study abroad programs in the China region.

  • info tables on study abroad, the International Internship Program, spring semester courses about China, and student organizations that focus on China.

The Wisconsin China Initiative is a sponsor of this event.

Project Pengyou ("pengyou," or 朋友, is Chinese for the word "friend") is a growing national movement designed to empower and mobilize a new generation of US-China bridge-builders to serve, inspire and transform lives. It developed from President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative

The national program's Executive Board of Directors includes UW-Madison Law Professor Mark Sidel.

For more information, click on the Madison chapter's Facebook page.


Red Cap

Lardy offers 2nd "Red Cap" lecture Oct. 22

LardyChina economist and University of Wisconsin alumnus Nicholas R. Lardy (’68 BA Economics) released his latest book Sept. 10, “Markets over Mao,” which traces the increasing role of market forces and refutes the widely advanced argument that Chinese economic progress rests on the government's control of the economy's "commanding heights."

Dr. Lardy gave a free public lecture based on the book Oct. 22..

The lecture, “The Rise of Private Business in China,” was held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery’s DeLuca Forum, and drew a full-house crowd of 300. This was the second event in the Wisconsin China Initiative's new Red Cap Lecture Series on China and Global Economics, which offers free hats to the first 200 attendees. (Click here to read about the first lecture in the Red Cap series, featuring Dr. Stephen Roach, held April 2.)

Click here to read the press release about Dr. Lardy’s book release.


"America's preeminent watcher of China's economy, Nick Lardy, makes a compelling case that the market has mattered more than the direction of the state for China's success," said Lawrence H. Summers, former US Treasury Secretary and director of the National Economic Council.

Dr. Lardy is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He joined the Institute in March 2003 from the Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow from 1995 until 2003. Before Brookings, he served at the University of Washington, where he was the director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies from 1991 to 1995. From 1997 through the spring of 2000, he was also the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Finance at the Yale University School of Management.


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.


Global Gateway

Students in the May/June 2014 "Global Gateway" study abroad experience visited a tea plantation near Hangzhou. Photo by Ashley Krause.

Global Gateway will sponsor a second group of students for summer 2015

Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 17

“I was lucky enough to meet quite a few people during my stay in Shanghai. To listen to those people tell me about their lives in a place all the way across the world, people whom I would have never met if it was not for the program, was very moving.” -- Evan Beyer, Saint Paul, MN.

“The water situation in China is what leads me to decide on my career choice: I want to be able to aid in the development of improved water systems in China and other countries around the world of similar standards,” -- Emma Fero, Whitewater, WI.

“Shanghai impacted my life in ways I didn’t imagine possible. The people, the culture, the day-to-day life in the city is so much more different from what we are used to in the United States, yet in a small but profound way, you can’t help but feel connected to everyone somehow.” -- Dorian Gonzalez, Los Angeles. “

These three students were among 15 UW-Madison undergraduates who joined the debut UW Global Gateway Program, a fully-funded study abroad trip to Shanghai. (Click here to read Kerry Hill's feature on the program, "Global Gateway opens up world for UW students.")

International Academic Programs (IAP), the study abroad unit of the Division of International Studies, developed the UW Global Gateway Program to engage undergraduates who might be curious about studying abroad, yet reluctant to plunge into an overseas academic experience.

The program is one of many across the globe that will be featured at the Sept. 17 Study Abroad Fair, which will be held from noon - 6 p.m. in Varsity Hall at Union South. Organized by IAP, the Study Abroad Fair offers more than 90 exhibits, featuring over 200 programs on six continents.

Applications for the 2015 Global Gateway to Shanghai, which will be led this summer by East Asian Languages & Literature Professor Mark Meulenbeld, are due January 30.


Pharma collaboration links experts in Taiwan, Wisconsin

At a ceremony in San Diego on Tuesday, June 24, 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, who is also 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


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

Representatives from Nestlé China were in Madison Tuesday 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 is leading a business delegation to China June 16-20 that will include visits to the cities of Shanghai and Ningbo, along with a two-day program, “Sustainable Urban Environments: Innovation for the Future.”

The workshop, which is being sponsored in part by Shanghai’s Minhang District, will offer 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 will be attending the conference. (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 is helping with coordination and logistics for the event.

Click here to read the full report.



Language Corner:

Professor Hongming Zhang directs Tianjin program, brings home winning language contest team

Question: What is the largest and longest summer study abroad program for students at UW-Madison?

Answer: The UW Intensive Chinese Language Program, an 11-week study abroad program based in Tianjin at which participants can earn a year’s worth of language credits in one summer session.


Learn more about this program, which is directed by East Asian Languages and Literature Professor Hongming Zhang (pictured at right) by clicking on the feature, “UW’s Tianjin program gives UW students strong boost in Chinese.

Professor Zhang’s students have also been featured this spring on the College of Letters & Science website. His team of eight students (see the photo above) won a stack of medals for their language skills at the Midwest Chinese Speech Contest held in April at Purdue University. Click on the feature, “Students take top honors at Chinese speech contest,” to learn more.


Shandong U president welcomes former UW professor

When the new president of Shandong University welcomed a recent visitor from University of Wisconsin-Madison, no introductions were necessary.


President Zhang Rong (at left in photo) greeted UW-Madison Professor Thomas Kuech on Feb. 16 as an old friend and former professor, since when President Zhang was a post-doctoral student in Madison in the late 1990s, he worked in Professor Kuech’s lab.

Click here to read the full story.


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


Study Abroad

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


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



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.


UW-Madison ranked 19th among world's universities

For the second year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was ranked 19th among world universities in an annual survey released August 2012 by Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University. Click here to read the full report...


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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