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UW College of Arts and Sciences Collaborates with Shanghai University

October 31, 2014
man talking to man and woman in anthropology museum
Members of a Shanghai University delegation to the University of Wyoming learned about the state’s archeological heritage during a tour of UW’s Anthropology Museum. From left are UW Department of Anthropology Head James Ahern; Professor Xiaolan Chen, chair of the SU Department of Chinese Language and Literature and currently a visiting scholar at UW; and Jian Zhu, SU College of Liberal Arts dean. (UW Photo)

To promote international study and research opportunities for students and faculty members, the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences this week entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with representatives of Shanghai University (SU), a leading university in the People’s Republic of China.

The MOU paves the way to formally promote academic cooperation through UW Departments of Anthropology and History faculty and student exchanges for workshops, symposia and seminars of mutual interest, and short-term agreements to allow exchanges in archeological field work.

“Internationalization and globalization are important pieces in our college’s strategic plan,” says Paula Lutz, UW College of Arts and Sciences dean. “These kinds of relationships always serve to promote international dialogue and understanding.”

Yarong Ashley, a native of China and a lecturer in the UW Global and Area Studies Program, says that in recent years, the UW College of Arts and Sciences has promoted several faculty exchanges and student study abroad opportunities with Shanghai University. She says it is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning.

“High-quality teaching and research, coupled with its cosmopolitan setting, make Shanghai University an ideal partner,” Ashley says.

Shanghai University consists of 26 colleges and schools. It has 24,161 undergraduates and 11,306 graduate students in 67 majors. The university has established cooperative relationships with many universities abroad, with many notable scholars visiting as professors and honorary professors. Currently, the university hosts more than 3,000 foreign students.

Members of the SU delegation to Wyoming were Jian Zhu, dean of the Liberal Arts College; Hao Yuan, associate dean of the School of Sociology and Political Science; and Ming Zhou, director of recruitment and admission of  the Graduate School.

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