Chinese university leaders to visit UCCS

Five university vice presidents from China will spend 17 weeks at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to study American academia.

The university presidents are from Jiangsu (John-Soo) Province. UCCS faculty and students will welcome the Chinese team in an open-to-the public ceremony  at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in Dwire Hall 204.

The ceremony will feature an exchange of gifts, a traditional part of Chinese culture, as well as remarks by Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Ding-Jo H. Currie, chief executive officer of California-based United Education Alliance. The United Education Alliance arranged for the visit in coordination with the Ministry of Education of Jiangsu Province and UCCS officials.

“We are honored to host our peers from Chinese colleges and universities at UCCS,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “Through such exchanges, we develop knowledge, dispel stereotypes and connect and improve the world through education.”

The Chinese presidential fellows will interview UCCS staff and faculty, interact with UCCS students, participate in various meetings and discussions and attend classes and other university functions. They also will participate in community discussions and visit other colleges in the region.

“Since the goal of the President Fellows Program is to exchange the best of the East and West, I have chosen UCCS as a partner for two reasons: the outstanding reputation of the university and the excellent leadership of Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak,” Ding-Jo H. Currie said. “I have known her and worked with her. She is the kind of leader and mentor any rising president would want to model after and learn from.”

Located on the eastern coast of China, Jiangsu Province is home to more than 78 million people and covers more than 39,000 square miles. By comparison, the State of Colorado is approximately 104,000 square miles and has 5.1 million people.