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The China Center and the Confucius Institute participated in the 2011 Dragon Festival at Lake Phalen in St. Paul July 9 and 10!
We asked visitors to our booth trivia questions about the China Center and the University of Minnesota. "Easy" questions were multiple choice or True/False. When answered correctly, the winner received a temporary tattoo with a Chinese character.
"Difficult" questions were free answer and required knowledge of China Center activities. When answered correctly, the winner received a University of Minnesota t-shirt or sweatshirt. Participants only had one chance to answer a difficult question and once it was answered, it could not be answered again.
All questions and answers are below!
The University of Minnesota was one of the first U.S. academic institutions to reach out to China once relations normalized.
A. U of M
B. China Center
U of M
“Mingda” is the abbreviation in Chinese for the full name of the University of Minnesota.
The China Center covers all administrative costs for the Red Pocket Scholarship so that every penny donated by a supporter goes to students who are awarded scholarships.
The office in Beijing was the University’s first official office abroad.
The University of Minnesota was founded as a land-grant institution before Minnesota became a state!
Dr. Mei-Ling Hsu was a member of the University’s first delegation to China in 1979 and subsequently became the director of the China Center, serving from 1980 through 1984. Dr Hsu laid a firm foundation for the China Center in both the academic and business sectors and her work in building U.S.-China bridges was pioneering. In addition to her work in the China Center, Dr. Hsu was a professor in the University’s Department of Geography for more than 30 years
1996 Dr. Tsiang Yien-Si
1996 Dr. Tang Peisong
1999 Dr. Tu Guangchi
1998 Dr. Yu Wei
2001 Dr. Lou Cheng-Hou
2004 Dr. Jiang Zhenghua
2006 Dr. Fai-nan Perng
2007 Dr. Lu Yongxiang
2011 Dr. Bai Chunli
The first student on record from China attended in 1914. The Pan brothers of China became well-known on campus as members of early U of M soccer teams.
2010-11 Dr. Weiping Wu, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University, Migration and China's Urban Transformation
2009-10 Former Ambassador to Burma and Consul General in Hong Kong Burton Levin, The U.S. and China: A relationship marred by misperceptions
2008-09 Former China Correspondent and current London Bureau Chief for NPR, Rob Gifford, China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
2007 Ambassador Jeffrey Bader, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution, China and the Middle East: From revolution to stability…to challenge?
2006 Pieter Bottelier, economist and professor, India’s Growth from the Perspective of China’s Experience
2005 Dr. Arthur Rolnick, a senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis: Dollars vs. RMB: What Does Devaluation of the Chinese Currency Mean for the U.S. Economy?
2004 Panel discussion with Mr. Michael Jemal, president of Haier America; Mr. Charles Lee, author of the book, Cowboys and Dragons: Shattering the Cultural Myths to advance Chinese/American Business; and Counselor Tian Jun of the Economic Affairs Office at the Chinese Embassy, chief negotiator of the China’s Accession to WTO
2003 Professor Jiang Zhenghua, vice chairman, Standing Commmitte of the National People’s Congress of China: China’s New Leadership: China’s Perspectives on U.S.-China Relations
2002 Dr. David Aikman, a senior fellow at Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center and a former senior correspondent of Time Magazine: U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Global Context
2001 Mr. John Holden, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; Professor Qi Xiyu, People’s University, Beijing, China; and Regents Professor Leonid Hurwicz, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota: China’s Western Development
The first trainees were from the Administrative Department of Zhejiang Province. Since then, thousands of mid-career professionals from China have come to Minnesota to complete executive courses not only in various academic fields, but also in U.S. culture, values, etiquette, protocol, corporate and government culture, and management.
Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) is the central international office for the University of Minnesota system. The GPS Alliance is the driving force for the University of Minnesota in globalizing teaching, learning, research, and engagement. It supports the University's mission by working closely with campuses, colleges, units, faculty and staff, students, and the community to comprehensively internationalize the University of Minnesota.
There are 7 UMAA Chapters in Greater China, more than any other region:
zhōng guó zhōng xīn
中 (zhōng) means middle
國 (guó) means country
心 (xīn) means heart
中國 (zhōng guó, middle country) is China
中心 (zhōng xīn, middle of the heart) is center
Funded by an endowment from Jennie and Fred Hsiao, this scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Minnesota who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who wish to study in Mainland China.
Red Pocket Scholarship
Funded by donations from China Center supporters, this scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Minnesota who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who wish to study in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Chinese Government Scholarship
A scholarship that covers a year of study at a Chinese university paid for by the Chinese Government. This is available to undergraduate and graduate students of the University who are U.S. citizens.
International Reciprocal Student Exchange Program (IRSEP)
A year-long exchange program that provides a full scholarship to Nankai University for an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota.
Chinese University Exchange Program (CUEP)
A year-long exchange program with Peking University. A University of Minnesota undergraduate or graduate student enrolls in Peking University’s Chinese language program for foreign students. Program cost is based on U of M resident tuition, dormitory housing, and student services fees.
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and Former China Center Director Hong Yang
In addition to the director accompanying the governor’s delegation to China, the China Center briefed the governor and his office on travel to China and provided cultural training to him and his staff.