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.

Exchanges Resume

1979 U of M Delegation

The first University of Minnesota delegation pictured at the Great Hall of the People in 1979

 

Regent Wenda Moore headed the first University of Minnesota delegation to China in 1979. The delegation was received by Chinese Vice Prime Minister Yi Fang at the Great Hall of the People and signed agreements with Jilin University of Technology, Nankai University, National Academies of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Engineering, and Beijing Agriculture University.

University Presidential Delegations

1981 U of M Delegation

President Magrath and his delegation pictured at the Great Hall of the People in 1981

1981 U of M Delegation

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association in Taiwan welcomed President Hasselmo during one of his two delegations to China.

2013 U of M Delegation

President Kaler renewed an agreement withthe Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013

 

Five University of Minnesota presidents have led a total of six presidential delegations to the Greater China area. Each delegation sought to strengthen ties with universities, alumni, and the business community.

President C. Peter Magrath led the first University presidential delegation to China in 1981. The delegation visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and met with more than 100 alumni from various parts of China.

Fourteen years later, President Nils Hasselmo led two University presidential delegations to China in 1995 and 1996. The visits represented a strong effort by the University to reconnect and develop ties with Chinese alumni and friends.

In 2000, President Mark Yudof led a University presidential delegation to the greater China area, where he visited Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Beijing, Guilin, and Taipei. The delegation had the honor to meet with Chinese Prime Minister Li Lanqing.

President Robert Bruininks led a University presidential delegation to China in 2004. The delegation visited Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Beijing.

In 2013, President Eric Kaler led a University presidential delegation to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and Taipei. He renewed agreements with the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Peking University; Tsinghua University; Tianjin University of Sport; Shanghai Jiaotong University; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; National Taiwan University; and the Confucius Institute Headquarters.