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Ohio State University expands outreach to China

THE president of Ohio State University, the US' second-largest university, has dropped in Shanghai for the first stop of a four-city tour to China on June 29 as part of the university's outreach efforts.

Over the course of the trip, President E. Gordon Gee and university officials will be signing Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) with Shanghai Jiaotong University, East China Normal University, Nanjing University and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

The goal of the China trip is to build on Ohio State's reputation for teaching and research and strengthen opportunities for partnerships with businesses and Chinese universities.

According to the MOAs, Ohio State scholars or units and its international academic partners are to provide institutional support for collaborative activities. In choosing MOA partners, Ohio State University has looked to schools with strengths in emerging industries and sectors related to sustainable development.

The university is expanding its international reach through satellite offices, starting in China, India and Brazil. Its first-ever new physical portal in another country -- Ohio State's Gateway office in Shanghai has just opened as a base of operations for the university's expanding teaching and research partnerships throughout China, as well as a connecting point for students and alumni in China.

President Gee was also invited by the American Chamber of Commerce to deliver a speech, which centered on the role creativity and intellectual vibrancy play in propelling commercial success and drove home his commitment to strengthening opportunities for partnerships with Chinese universities and businesses, at the World Expo Business Series.

"We are all here today because of the country's essential and rapidly growing importance -- as economic powerhouse, but also as an innovation powerhouse," Gee expressed in his speech. He went to explain that "In order to thrive in the 21st century, universities and business alike must cast off Jurassic thinking and seek calculated risks and reach out aggressively to one another in partnership."


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