UCR Leaders Travel to China to Seek Research Partnerships

The trip began on Jan. 4 and will wind up on Jan. 16

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox poses for a picture in front of China Shanghai Pilot Free Trade zone in Shanghai with Dean Yunzeng Wang of the UCR School of Business Administration. Photo by the Associated Press for UCR

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and other leaders from UC Riverside traveled to China for two weeks to seek out new research partnerships, make new connections, and to see if new resources can be brought back to the Inland region.

They stopped in Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan and Beijing to meet with university leaders, business people and government officials.

Three of UCR’s top academic leaders are on the trip as well: Dean Reza Abbaschian from the Bourns College of Engineering; Dean Yunzeng Wang of the School of Business Administration; and Dean Marylynn Yates of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

A meal and a meeting in Beijing with Zhang Qin, vice president and executive secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

Zhang Qin, vice president and executive secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

:  “This has been an extremely rewarding and productive trip,” said Chancellor Wilcox. “The relationships that faculty members have created over the years are appreciated and highly praised by our Chinese partners and we have had many fruitful conversations about our shared future.  I look forward to getting back to Riverside and continuing the discussions.”

The chancellor and the deans are accompanied by Steve Chen, the director of International Relations at the School of Business Administration. Chen is a UCR alumnus who has made it his mission to build bridges between the United States and China. Others on the trip include Hieu Nguyen and Jeff Kaatz from UCR’s development staff, and Cindy Giorgio, who is an assistant to the chancellor, as well as Prof. Larry Li, who studies botany.

The UCR delegation and their hosts at Shanghai Maritime University . Shanghai Maritime University. In the center of the front row, UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Shanghai Maritime University president Huang Youfang.

“Chancellor Wilcox spoke to about 150 faculty, student and parents at Sichuan University on Jan. 9,” said Nguyen, the associate vice chancellor for advancement. “So far the audiences have been keenly interested in what UCR has to offer in terms of both research and student exchange.”

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox talking to children in Chengdu, China.

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox talking to children in Chengdu, China.

They also met with leaders of industry interested in collaboration; graduates of UC Riverside who now live in China; and Dailang Zhang, director general, Department of Higher Education/Ministry of Education. They have visited the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Olympic stadium.

Wilcox said the goal of the trip is to connect with old friends; to make new friends; and to think about how we can work together in the future.

The trip started Jan. 4 and will end on Jan. 16.

Some of the universities and organizations they have visited:

  • Shanghai Maritime University (SMU)
  • Sichuan University
  • Hubei University
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)
  • China Association of Science and Technology (CAST)
  • Sichuan Normal University, a comprehensive research university in Chengdu,
  • China Agricultural University (CAU)

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