Penn Visits China, 2009

Penn Visits China
Councilor Liu Yandong meets with Amy Gutmann to discuss the importance of exchanges between Chinese and foreign universities.
Penn Visits China
Penn President Gutmann and Shanghai Jiao Tong University President, Zhang Jai, sign an agreement to explore student and faculty exchanges.
Penn Visits China
The Chair of the University Council at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Professor Ma Dexiu, presents Dr. Gutmann with a gift.
Penn Visits China
Shanghai Jiao Tong University President, Zhang Jai, presents Dr. Gutmann with a certificate naming her an honorary professor.
President Gutmann and Dean Robertson participate in a TV interview entitled “Meeting Business Leaders.”
Penn Visits China
Governor of Shanghai’s Pudong District, Xu Lin, exchanges warm greetings with Dr. Gutmann.
Penn Visits China
Dr. Gutmann addresses a large crowd of proud Penn alumni during the Shanghai Alumni Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai.
Penn Visits China
Dr. Gutmann meets with Yin Yicui, Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee of Shanghai.
Penn Visits China
Dr. Gutmann meets with the President of Tsinghua University, Gu Binglin.
Date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009

January 2009

As part of Penn’s commitment to global engagement, in January of 2009 President Amy Gutmann took a week-long trip to China where she visited Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, met with hundreds of proud Penn alumni, entered into exciting new agreements with two leading Chinese universities, and raised Penn’s international profile through a number of media interviews.  Wharton Dean Tom Robertson accompanied Dr. Gutmann for part of the trip, and they were joined by Trustee Bill Cheung, who provided invaluable assistance at key meetings and events. Bill and his wife Cathy also hosted a beautiful dinner for Penn friends and donors in Hong Kong.

Notable events of the trip include Dr. Gutmann signing formal agreements to significantly expand and enhance ongoing academic and research collaborations with both Tsinghua University in Beijing and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  

The visit attracted attention from several media outlets that were interested in learning about Penn’s plans and priorities, further communicating our University’s message of global engagement to an international audience.

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