October 30, 2018
On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing hosted a delegation of U.S. congressional staff members for a tour of the facilities and roundtable discussion on study abroad and inter-institutional collaboration in China. Trudy Vincent, University of Chicago Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, accompanied the group, led by Colin McGinnis, Democratic Policy Director of the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
After a brief tour of the facilities and introduction to the Center’s role as a support system and “home base” for academic affairs in Beijing, given by the Center’s Interim Executive Director Yuan Ji, the delegation settled in for a brief discussion with Professor Judith Farquhar, Faculty Director, Mr. Yuan, and three College students participating in the Autumn 2018 East Asian Civilizations study abroad program. Professor Farquhar and Mr. Yuan remarked on the process of building opportunities for academic collaboration in China, with a particular emphasis on the Center’s success in creating inter-institutional connections through research partnerships and conferences held at the Center in Beijing. Professor Farquhar also shared her own experiences as a researcher in China. The undergraduate students shared their personal motivations for studying abroad in Beijing, as well as their goals for parlaying this study abroad experience into future areas of academic study or career opportunities.
Although the meeting was brief, participants were able to cover a wide range of topics, and the Center was pleased to have the opportunity to provide an on-the-ground perspective of the possibilities for fruitful collaboration between U.S. and Chinese institutions and individuals.