China 100 is a yearlong celebration honoring the first students from China and the wealth of connections that have come since. The celebration officially opened in China in late June, 2013, when President Eric Kaler led the sixth university presidential delegation to China. The delegation visited Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tianjin, and Taipei, having renewed agreements with the Chinese institutions such as Hanban, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Nankai University, Tianjin University of Sport, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and National Taiwan University.
Meanwhile, various kinds of celebrations such as theme speeches, outstanding alumni awarding, display of international education week on the UMN campus are in full swing. Recently, the celebration has been pushed into a climax. The U of MN China Center hosted the China 100 Symposium on April 22, 2014 at the McNamara Alumni Center with the theme of the U of MN, the State of Minnesota, and China looking forward to the next century. There were 250 people from the University leadership, faculty, staff and alumni, the Minnesota State government and enterprises in the related communities participating in the event and helped make the event a great success. Former U.S. ambassador to China and twice-elected Utah governor, Jon Huntsman, was invited as keynote speaker at the following annual Bob and Kim Griffin “Building U.S.-China Lecture”. Governor Huntsman’s talk led the China 100 Symposium into a high gear. Minnesota State Governor Mark Dayton honored the event with the "Minnesota China Education Exchange Day" proclamation.
The “China 100”celebration continues this year. If you are interested, please learn more at www.china100.umn.edu.