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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


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Gilles Bousquet: "China and the United States: A Tale of Two Views of Education

[Wisconsin Worldview] Why China?

The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with Greater China 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



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.


Study abroad students enjoy summer in Shanghai

UW-Madison students participating in the new Global Gateway Shanghai study abroad program celebrated the Dragon Boat festival Monday, June 2, by learning how to make "zongzi." (See photo below.) A festival tradition, zongzi, or sticky rice dumplings, are wrapped in bamboo leaves.


The Global Gateway students, led by UW History Professor Joe Dennis, are spending four weeks in Shanghai, where they are taking classes at East China Normal University and visiting sites around the Shanghai region, including a Volkswagon factory, tea fields, the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, Shanghai's iconic Oriental Pearl Tower, and more.

This group is one of several study abroad programs in China this summer - in fact, the Global Gateway program joined a medical study abroad tour, led by UW Surgery Professor Jack Jiang, for a visit to historical sites in the city of Suzhou (see the group photo below). Click here to read the Global Gateway students' blog about their experiences in Shanghai.


Photo above: UW-Madison study abroad groups led by Surgery Professor Jack Jiang (focused on medicine) and History Professor Joe Dennis (focused on Shanghai) met for a visit to the famously scenic city of Suzhou.


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.


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Stephen Roach gave a lecture on China's economics April 2 at Union South's Varsity Hall. (Photos by Todd Brown of UWSMPH Media Solutions)

Roach lecture on China economics draws capacity crowd

Wall Street economist Stephen Roach (’68 BA Economics) discussed the economics of China to a standing-room-only crowd at Union South’s Varsity Hall Wednesday, April 2. His lecture, “America and China: An Unsustainable Codependency,” marked the first in the “2014 China and Global Economics Lecture Series,” coordinated through the Wisconsin China Initiative (WCI).

Click here to see the WisLine web cast of the April 2 Stephen Roach talk.

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“It is with our students in mind that we launched this lecture series,” said WCI Faculty Director Nicole Huang, professor of Chinese literature and visual culture.

“I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see all our chairs filled today,” said WCI Advisory Board Chair Wade Fetzer to the audience of mostly students. “Our goal is to awaken this campus with what is going on in China, and the impact that is going to have on every one of you in terms of the global economy.”

The Wisconsin China Initiative offered free Badger-red WCI hats to the first 200 attendees at the event, which were handed out by members of the Global Economic Forum student association (see the photo above).

Click here to read the full report on the Roach talk.


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.


Daily Cardinal article discusses campus experience of Chinese students

The Daily Cardinal student newspapers' February 2014 "Action Project Issue" features a story about the challenges faced by new students from China. The article, "International students strive to make a home at UW-Madison," by Alex Bernell, quotes Chinese students describing cultural and language barriers, and also describs the work of the student-run social media project Channel C to overcome misunderstandings through public dialog. The article says that a recent survey sent out by International Student Services showed "their number one concern is making American friends."


Over 900 visit 'Evolving Landscapes' fall exhibit


The November 2013 photography exhibit and symposium, "Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China" marked the launch of the new UW-Madison China Bridge Symposium Series, which is planned to be an annual campus-wide forum on key topics related to China.

The photo exhibit held in conjunction with the symposium attracted more than 900 visitors to the Ruth David Deisgn Gallery at the School of Human Ecology. (The photo at right is of photographer Yin Kaipu discussing his work to capture landscape change in the Sichuan region.)

Click here to read the Chengdu Institute of Biology's report on their director's visit to Madison, and click on "Evolving Landscapes" to read the full story about the event.

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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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