The Wisconsin China Initiative coordinates campus events about China, including the occasional Red Cap Lecture Series on China & Global Economics, consults with campus partners seeking China connections or hosting visitors from Chinese institutions, and supports student groups and alumni chapters focused on the China region.

More recently, the WCI has launched a China-based welcome program for new Chinese freshmen, and a project to better understand and document the history of UW-China.

New Chinese Student Welcome Sessions

The Wisconsin China Initiative launched a new, China-based “student welcome” program in 2017, designed to encourage new students preparing for the fall semester at UW-Madison to take ownership of their undergraduate years, including overcoming language and culture barriers, participating in the campus community and joining classroom discussions.  Sessions were held in May 2017 and in June 2018 in Shanghai and Beijing, in collaboration with the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association.  Starting in 2019, the welcome sessions will be coordinated by International Student Services.

The Mendota Project

Students have long used the poetic phrase 梦到她, pronounced “meng-dao-ta” and translating to “dreaming of her,” to refer to Lake Mendota, a favorite campus hangout.  Through the Mendota Project, the Wisconsin China Initiative seeks to document the rich history between the UW and China through student research projects, print and web publications and more.  See the History tab to learn more about this project.

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