History

The University of Minnesota has a long and deep connection with China. The first students from China arrived in 1914, and there have been more than 10,000 Chinese alumni in the 100 years that have followed. The U of M was one of the first universities to renew exchanges and partnerships after China re-opened in 1979.

Chinese Students

The University of Minnesota has been an international institution since its earliest days, educating children of immigrants and offering foreign languages. Since as early as 1874, the University has welcomed outstanding international researchers and students to campus while sharing the best of Minnesota with the world. International students bring their unique backgrounds and viewpoints to University classrooms, curriculum, and campus life, providing all students the opportunity to explore global perspectives.

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Faculty & Staff

The work of University of Minnesota faculty and staff is essential in maintaining and strengthening ties between the University and China. Many faculty and staff have led the way in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems, advocating for Chinese studies on campus, and encouraging the exchange of U.S. and Chinese students.

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Leadership

The University of Minnesota was one of the first U.S. universities to resume exchanges with China following the normalization of U.S.-China relations. By the late 1970s, the University resumed exchanges that had been interrupted for nearly 30 years. These exchanges were made possible through committed partnerships with universities in the greater China area, strong academic exchange programs, and cutting-edge research collaborations.

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Collaborations

The University of Minnesota has had countless successful collaborations and strategic partnerships with Chinese universities over the past 100 years. The rich history between the University and China has paved the way for continued collaborations and partnerships, which are anticipated to flourish in the years to come thanks to several newly signed agreements.

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Study Abroad

The University of Minnesota ranks third among the top research institutions in numbers of students who study abroad, and ranks at the top of the Big 10 schools in study abroad participation. It was one of the first U.S. universities to take students to China in the 1980s when the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Design developed study abroad programs in the region. The past three decades have seen sustained growth in U.S. international education, and more University students are choosing to study abroad in China to absorb new knowledge and skills, enhance intercultural competency, and broaden their international perspective. Today the University has more than 15 study abroad programs in China, including short-term seminars and semester exchanges.

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Agriculture and Engineering Sciences

The University of Minnesota is proud of its role as one of the original land-grant institutions in the U.S. with long-standing roots in conducting agricultural and scientific research. The University has a long history of welcoming Chinese students into agriculture and engineering programs, and working with partners in China to solve world problems. Today, the University remains a leader in agricultural and engineering science academic programs, research, and collaborations.

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Sharing Culture

The University of Minnesota has embraced Chinese art and culture in various ways from sending musicians to China to sponsoring a variety of Chinese plays on campus. American and Chinese arts and music have transcended national boundaries, opening the door to a vibrant relationship that would not otherwise be possible.

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Sports

Sport has long played an important role in connecting people from different cultures and countries, creating shared experiences that build profound understanding and friendship. Recognizing the strength of sharing common values through sport, the University of Minnesota has created opportunities for students to interact with Chinese peers in sport since 1914.

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Chinese Alumni

The University of Minnesota is proud to count Chinese alumni among the many University graduates who have excelled in their respective fields. The University strongly believes in continued alumni engagement, and provides support to Chinese alumni whose school spirit and fond memories of Minnesota have created hundreds of opportunities for alumni to connect.

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