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
Congrats to the Class of 2015
Go Badgers!!!! 獾子加油！！！！
Shanghai Badgers had to gather Sunday morning (which was Saturday night game time in Indianapolis) at the Camel Sports Bar on Yueyang Road to join March Madness and watch the men's basketball team play in the Final Four -- and celebrate in their historic victory over Kentucky. The Wisconsin Alumni Association's Shanghai Chapter organizes this and other events for their active group of loyal Badgers. If you are in the Shanghai region, be sure to head back to the Camel Bar (Puxi location, NO.1 Yueyang lu, near Dongping lu Xuhui District上海徐汇区岳阳路1号，近东平路) Tuesday, April 7, 9 a.m. China time, to watch the NCAA Championship game!
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.)
Click here to read the full story, including a listing of the 2014 round of funded projects.
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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 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...
Click here to learn about President Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” to increase the number and diversity of American students studying in China.