US Schools Vie for Partners in China

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US universities are seeking out partnerships in China, hoping to broaden their international reach and provide academic and research opportunities for students and faculty, as two campus presidents' trips to China show.

The University of Pennsylvania "is deeply committed to its engagement in China", said Amy Gutmann, president of the Ivy League school in Philadelphia, who hosted a Penn alumni event in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Her visit also is intended to promote the planned Penn-Wharton China Center in Beijing, involving the university's prestigious business school.

The center, Gutmann said, "will help build relationships with the local entrepreneurial community in China, bringing together prospective students, alumni and business leaders through various partnerships and programs".

Michael McRobbie, president of Indiana University, is on his third trip to China since 2007. He said he would renew partnership agreements with Peking University and return with several new ones involving other Chinese higher-education institutions.

"We have seen significant growth in students from China in recent years, and they have added a great deal to our campus and to the Bloomington community by bringing unique experiences and perspectives that they share with others," said Mark Land, an Indiana associate vice-resident.

More than 4,700 students from East Asia are enrolled at Indiana, including about 3,250 from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. More than 100 students from the university's main campus in Bloomington, Indiana, studied in China last year.

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