In June 2010, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and a group of University leaders and faculty are paying a special visit to University friends and supporters in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Associate Vice President for Development Jefferson Porter shares his impressions of the trip as it happens:

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Partners: President Coleman and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong (photo: Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese media gave prominent coverage to our meeting July 1 with State Councilor Liu Yandong. Madame Liu praised Michigan’s cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Chinese universities, including Peking University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. The considerable planning that went into this meeting paid off as the high-level discussion was a success and a very important step in UM’s continuing efforts to build relationships in China.

President Coleman was accompanied to the meeting by Professor Ken Lieberthal, Deans David Munson (Engineering) and Terrence McDonald (LS&A), Professors Jun Ni and Mary Gallagher and UM China Initiatives Coordinator Jen Zhu.

Select coverage of the event in both Chinese and English (including video):

Video from CCTV-1 (Chinese television network)

Chinese-language coverage on China’s government website

English-language story from the Xinhua News Agency

Traveling party sans blogger…

For the first time the traveling party was relatively intact and on-time as we made our way at 6:30AM from the hotel to Hong Kong International Airport. That is until your flaky blogger discovered 10 minutes before the flight that his passport was not in its trusted pocket. Not anywhere near the Michigan pyre of carry-ons. Party proceeds to Shanghai (picture). Back in HK, someone reports flaky blogger passport as found. Flake drifts into Shanghai, onto 1 hr bus w/ no effective air treatment whatsoever but lots of Celine Dion, into cab and arrives chastened and indistinguishable from a kitchen mop @ hotel (no picture!)

(L to R) Rich Rogel, Steve Grafton and Dr. Paul W.T. Poon PhD82

Hundreds of alumni celebrated together yesterday afternoon at the J.W. Marriott at Pacific Place.  While they were disappointed to miss President Coleman and others whose flight was delayed, the mood was celebratory.

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President Coleman is interviewed for Phoenix TV in Hong Kong by Sheng-yang Chiang (BA ’99, CommStudies).  Shen, who connected with Jen Zhu over Facebook, was super helpful and accomodating of our pinball schedule.  Thank you Shen and and best wishes to you and Lily on your upcoming wedding.

Parents and students in Hong Kong gave us a gracious welcome at the first conversation of the trip Sunday afternoon in Hong Kong.  Standing in for President Coleman, Dean David Munson and Director of Admissions Ted Spencer–whose flight was delayed by almost two days–were Steve Grafton, CEO of the Alumni Association; Rich Rogel, who chaired The Michigan Difference fundraising campaign; and Mary Gallagher, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies. Taking center stage was Engineering sophomore Jonathan Or, who dispensed wisdom and campus morsels.

Thank you all for coming and for your great questions.