Tuesday, 10 March 2015

University of Virginia opens China Office in Shanghai, starting full-year events in China

2015-03-09 17:42
By Wang Jiaye

The Consul General of the United States in Shanghai Hanscom Smith (5th, L) posed for photos with Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of U.Va.Patrick D. Hogan (2nd, L), Vice Provost for Global Affairs Jeffrey W. Legro (5th, R), Director of the U.Va. China Office Justin O'Jack (3rd, R) and other attendees. (Photo: Mi Lei)

The University of Virginia celebrates the official opening of its office in China with a two-day event that will kick off a full year of special academic programming and engagement in China.

U.Va. established an office in Shanghai in 2013 to strengthen its academic programs, research, internships, alumni engagement and recruitment of students.

"The Year of U.Va. Opening in China" started on Mar. 6 at Shanghai's Waldorf Astoria Club. Academics and experts in architecture, business and economics gathered for "China's Urbanization: The Next Challenge", a conference that examine the challenges posed by the country's rapid growth.

The conference was followed by a gala celebration at the Waldorf Astoria Club, attended by senior leadership from U.Va., government officials, alumni, parents and friends. The Consul General of the U.S. in Shanghai Hanscom Smith delivered remarks at the celebration.

"Our China office has contributed to many opportunities for our faculty and students," said Vice Provost for Global Affairs Jeffrey W. Legro, speaking ahead of the celebration. "We know that China's rise begs our continued, deep engagement. It has implications for much of what we do as a university."

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick D. Hogan received interview of eastday.com. (Photo: Zhang Qingling)

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick D. Hogan told reporter of eastday.com that "U.Va. is a great global plan and one of the best universities in the United States. We didn't have an office outside the U.S., so we thought it would be important to establish one in the biggest economy in the world and in China."

U.Va.'s delegation also included School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean James H. Aylor, College of Arts & Sciences Dean Ian Baucom, Darden School of Business Dean Robert F. Bruner, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies Billy K. Cannaday and McIntire School of Commerce Dean Carl P. Zeithaml.

Justin O'Jack, Director of the U.Va. China Office, along with the deans officially unveiled China Office on Mar. 7 at No.55 Fuxing Road (West), Xuhui District.

O'Jack was appointed China Office director in the fall of 2013. He has been committed to promoting the overseas projects of U.Va. and expanding the Chinese education market. "'Tireless' does not begin to describe Justin's work since coming on board," said Legro, "He has become known for producing results and has fans across the university."

"The Year of U.Va. Opening in China" features a spectrum of events in China participated by schools across the university. Highlights include:
  • Darden School of Business Shanghai Investing Summit: May 8
  • School of Architecture Study Abroad program in Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong: May 28–June 25
  • College of Arts & Sciences Associate Dean and award–winning astronomer John Hawley presentation at the “Black Hole Accretion and AGN Feedback Conference” in Shanghai: June 1–5
  • Center for Oceans Law and Policy Annual Conference, “International Marine Economy: Law and Policy” in Shanghai: June 24–26
  • The third annual Jefferson Global Seminar of College of Arts & Sciences in Hong Kong: June 29–July 31
The University of Virginia (U.Va.), founded by the third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson is a world-renowned public research university. It is one of the first 8 members of the "Public Ivy" and also one of the 25 universities of the "New Ivy".

Source - english.eastday.com

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