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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

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Hong Kong to Shanghai


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!)

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Rain rain and rain.....

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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.

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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.

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Happy Birthday

Join us in congratulating Jo Rumsey (L) of the Alumni Association and Mary Gallagher of the Center for Chinese Studies at Michigan on their birthdays. Here seated just before the Parent and Student meeting in Hong Kong

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Rich, left, and Fred

Rich Rogel (BBA 70) and Fred Lui (BS Arch 1979 , MA Arch 1981), respectively long-time volunteers for Michigan, meet for the first time over dim sum at City Hall, Hong Kong on June 26, 2010

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