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China 100 Symposium

The University of Minnesota China Center hosted the China 100 Symposium: U, Minnesota, and China looking forward to the next century on April 22, 2014 at the McNamara Alumni Center. 250 people helped to make the event a success. Minnesota state Governor Mark Dayton honored the event with the "Minnesota China Education Exchange Day" proclamation.

The opening plenary set the stage for the half-day symposium. Participants heard from several leaders at the University of Minnesota including Joan Brzezinski, executive director of the China Center and Lisa Lewis, President and CEO of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. The audience had the special opportunity to view a short video documentary of the first University delegation to China in 1979, led by Regent Wenda Moore.

"So many people have contributed to the history we are all a part of. A history we are so very proud of and one worth celebrating today and one worth remembering every day as we move into our next 100 years," said Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid, who began the program.

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson also helped welcome China 100 Symposium participants. "The University of Minnesota remains committed to developing more exchange and partnership opportunities with China in the next 100 years. I hope your presence here means that you are also committed to working to create more opportunities for our two great countries to come together."

Following the opening plenary, participants attended two breakout sessions. View video recordings of each session below.

The China 100 Symposium concluded with a social hour for continued discussions and networking.