President Mark Schlissel will travel to China July 5-11 to continue to build relationships with the leaders of Chinese partner institutions and strengthen relations with international alumni.
During the visit, Schlissel will engage with U-M students and faculty who are in China, as well as with alumni, the leadership of several Chinese universities and Chinese media.
“U-M has many significant engagements in China, and this trip will allow the president to learn more about those engagements first hand, and to meet and build relationships with the leaders of our partner institutions,” said James Holloway, vice provost for global and engaged education, who will travel with Schlissel.
Plans still are being developed but currently include a visit to Shanghai Jiao Tong University. U-M has nearly 50 undergraduate students attending the UM-SJTU Joint Institute at SJTU each summer, and 100 students from SJTU come to U-M each year to complete degrees in engineering, physics and mathematics.
Additionally, Schlissel will visit the Peking University Health Science Center in Bejing to explore the impact of U-M’s Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research, which focuses on cardiovascular disease, liver disease, pulmonary disease and renal disease research.
U-M has approximately 200 students pursing education abroad for credit each year in China. It is the fourth most popular destination for education abroad, after Spain, Germany and Italy.
In addition, nearly 5,000 alumni live in China, including 1,400 in Hong Kong.