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In Shanghai, UW–Madison inaugurates first overseas office




Kerry Hill, director of public affairs for the Division of International Studies, was a member of the June 2012 Chancellor's Delegation to China (a collection of Kerry's photos can be viewed by clicking on the link in the info bar on the right side of the WCI home page). After returning to Madison, Kerry wrote a series of special reports about the UW-China relationship. These news features, highlighted below, are all posted on the International Studies blog, "Wisconsin in the World."

"Personal ties bring large institutions together"

The answer to why the new Innovation Office is located in Shanghai's Minhang District can be found in the two decades of academic partnerships and educational exchanges forged by the UW Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Center.

The photo at left, taken in June, is of Minhang District Party Secretary Sun Chao giving an award to UW-Madison Law Professor Chuck Irish. Their friendship developed through Secretary Sun’s wife, Xu Xianghua, who first came to Madison as a visiting scholar in the early 1990s. These kinds of personal relationships are what made the new Shanghai outpost possible. Click here to read the full article...

"Launch of UW Shanghai office energizes Chinese Badgers"

UW–Madison currently has 878 living alumni in China and another 1,367 in Hong Kong. An even larger and more established alumni base can be found in Taiwan.

That growing cohort is one reason Badgers turned out in such large numbers to celebrate the recent decision to make China the first location for an outpost of UW-Madison. The photo at right is of alumni in Shanghai joining together to sing “Varsity” at a Junereception. Click here to read the full article...

"The map says Shanghai; the images say Wisconsin"

The new Shanghai Innovation Office is a small Badger outpost in the midst of a research park on the outskirts of one of the largest cities in the world.

Visitors from Wisconsin will be surprised and delighted to find a Badger-friendly design to this new office - including a wall-size photo of Bascom Hall and of course a Badger-red color scheme.

There is even a series of photos (at right) from Emeritus Chancellor Irving Shain’s historic visit to China in 1979—which marked the start of the modern era of UW-China relations—are displayed.

The message to visitors is that, even though the Shanghai office is new, UW has been engaged in this part of the world for years. Click here to read the full article...




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