The Africa Initiative
The China Initiative
China is a country undergoing dramatic changes. Never in the history of the world has a nation seen the rise of so many people — hundreds of millions — into the middle class, as citizens move from the countryside to the cities. With its remarkable economic transformation comes great challenges in education, sustainability, employment, social and political change — indeed, the major global problems of the 21st century are exemplified in many ways in China. Some 130 years after former U-M President James Angell visited China to forge two major treaties between the nations, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman led a delegation to China in 2005, and again in 2010, to strengthen existing ties and establish new educational opportunities.
President Coleman and others have traveled to China with a goal of building partnerships that will enable U-M’s faculty, students, and the entire University community to reach their fullest potential in a globalizing world. Additionally, the groups of faculty and administrators hope to share lessons of Michigan’s success as a great public research university as a model for Chinese higher education.
The University has established, reinforced and expanded academic partnerships with a number of institutions. Collaboration between U-M and China continues to grow, with increasing opportunities for U-M students to study in China and increasing numbers of students and visitors from China at U-M. In addition to its university partnerships, U-M has established an effective relationship with the Chinese Ministry of Education for forums devoted to university leadership.
Expanding U-M's Ties with China
IN THE NEWS
Read more about the delegation to Beijing and Shanghai
- President Coleman appears on China's CCTV
- Highlights of 2010 meetings in Shanghai and Beijing
- Alumni in China and Hong Kong meet with the president
- U-M launches Confucius Institute
- U-M collaborates with several universities
- 2010 Address at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- 2005 Honorary Degree Speech at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Michigan-China University Leadership Forum
During President Mary Sue Coleman's 2005 trip to China she met with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE), who requested that U-M host a two-week forum for Chinese higher education leaders on the management of world-class research universities. The inaugural forum, took place in May 2006 with 25 Chinese university presidents and higher education leaders participating.