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University of Minnesota in Shanghai

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler went on an 11-day visit to Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan. The trip was designed to solidify partnerships with key China universities, to explore research and student and scholarship exchange opportunities for the University, and to launch the University’s 100th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Chinese students to its Twin Cities campus.


At Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University (STJU), President Kaler met with SJTU President Zhang Jie signed a memorandum of understanding. He then spoke to about 180 SJTU students in a lecture titled, “Global, Innovative, and Open For Business.” Later that day, President Kaler went to downtown Shanghai for a media conference, organized by the Minnesota China Center—the economic development office funded by the Minnesota Trade Office and Greater MSP. Human resources and legal advisers to a handful of Minnesota companies and other U.S.-based firms also met with President Kaler in a roundtable meeting.

The next day, more than 100 alumni and friends gathered for the 10th anniversary of the University’s Shanghai alumni chapter.

Read the President's blog to learn about all the accomplishments of the trip.