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Chinese Champions program visitors bid farewell

Nov. 4, 2010

Lu Xiudong, center, coach of the Chinese national taekwondo team and part of UW-Madison's Chinese Champions program, presents Chancellor Biddy Martin with a gift scroll during a UW System Board of Regents meeting at the Memorial Union on Dec. 9, 2010. At right is Li Li Ji, professor of kinesiology at UW-Madison. The 2010 Chinese Champions program is winding up a highly successful inaugural session amid news that the innovative exchange has been extended for three additional years.

Chancellor Martin's outreach to China: Why there and why now?

Dec. 10, 2010

Last spring, when Chancellor Biddy Martin announced her plans to visit China, it wasn’t particularly surprising. After all, other UW-Madison chancellors have visited with university partners and alumni in that country.

What seemed different about Martin’s trip, however, which took her delegation to the mainland cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou and Shanghai, was her insistence that this was the beginning of something bigger — and bolder. Something that she expects the entire university community, in some form, to embrace.
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Chinese athletes prepare to depart after successful semester

Dec. 8, 2010

The 2010 Chinese Champions program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is winding up a highly successful inaugural session amid news that the innovative exchange has been extended for three additional years.

The groundbreaking program allowed eight Olympic-caliber Chinese student-athletes and coaches to live and study at UW-Madison as part of a partnership with Beijing University of Sport.

The success of the collaboration exceeded the expectations of the Chinese visitors, their UW-Madison hosts and members of the Chinese community in Madison.
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Chancellor Martin reflects on November Asia trip

Nov. 15, 2010

Chancellor Biddy Martin recently returned from a 12-day trip to Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei and reports that the university’s presence and visibility in East Asia is continuing to grow stronger.

The UW-Madison delegation met with Chinese education officials, numerous universities, UW-Madison alumni and officials of the Taiwanese government, among other stops. As she returned to Madison, Martin provided thoughts about the trip.
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Trove of Taiwanese classic films donated to UW-Madison

Nov. 10, 2010

New 35mm prints of 30 of some of the most celebrated Chinese-language feature films have been donated to the University of Wisconsin-Madison by various film studios in Taiwan with the help of the Taiwanese government.

The gift was announced at a news conference in Taipei as part of Chancellor Biddy Martin's trip to Taiwan.

"Taiwanese cinema is a significant cultural force on the international scene and having access to these important and world-class films will broaden the study and appreciation of them and increase their exposure," says Martin. "The international cooperation and cultural exchange that led to this gift is an example of the value that comes from universities acting on a global scale."
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Chancellor conducts TelePresence meeting from China

Nov. 4, 2010

UW-Madison students, faculty and staff gathered in the Bascom Hill TelePresence Classroom in the Education Building on Friday, Nov. 5 to inaugurate the powerful new videoconferencing device through a virtual meeting with Chancellor Biddy Martin, center right, and Vice Provost for Globalization and Dean of International Studies Gilles Bousquet, center left, in Beijing.

Undergraduates from professor Jeremi Suri’s Grand Strategy Program discussed the use of new technology in connecting the U.S. and China, along with UW-Madison’s aspirations in the country and relations between the nations.
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Arriving at Beijing Sport University

Nov. 3, 2010

Chancellor Martin and members of her delegation are greeted by Beijing Sport University greets as they arrive at 1 a.m. Beijing time, on Nov. 3. See more photos in Flickr.

Ready for Business

Nov. 2, 2010

Chief of Staff Becci Menghini's business card, translated and ready for business in China.

The Bird’s Nest at dusk

Nov. 2, 2010

Via @UWChina on Twitter.

Chancellor Martin and Ministry of Education Vice Minister Hao Ping overlooking the Forbidden City

Nov. 2, 2010

Via @UWChina on Twitter.

Video: Political scientist Edward Friedman discusses U.S.-China Relations

Nov. 2, 2010

Professor Edward Friedman, expert on Asian-US Relations, talks with Office Hours host Ken Goldstein about China’s economic situation in the region and the world, as well as the future of U.S.-China relations. Watch the full episode via the Big Ten Network »

Chancellor Martin returns to Greater China

Nov. 1, 2010

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin is leading a delegation of UW-Madison faculty and staff to Greater China, with stops in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei.

The return visit, which begins later today, Monday, Nov. 1, follows Martin's successful spring trip to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Enhancing academic collaborations and raising the university's public profile in Asia continue to be major goals, but the upcoming trip has a special emphasis on economic development.

"I'm excited to be able to advance some of the important initiatives we began this spring in Beijing and build upon friendships in Hong Kong and Taipei," Martin says. "Greater China has been home to some of UW's strongest supporters, so the trip is a great opportunity to meet with them."
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In the news: Notoriety elusive for star curlers in native China

Oct. 11, 2010

The Calgary Herald wrote about bronze medal-winning Olympic curler Bingyu Wang, one of the Chinese Champions Program athletes who are on campus this fall.

Delegation of Chinese educators visits UW-Madison

Sept. 14, 2010

School of Education meeting

On Sept. 14, 2010, Julie Underwood (left), dean of the School of Education, and Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell (center), associate dean of the School of Education, meet with Dr. Yu Lizhong, president of the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, during his visit to UW-Madison. (Photo: Bryce Richter)

Leaders from Shanghai’s East China Normal University (ECNU), one of China’s top institutions of teacher training, visited UW-Madison on Sept. 14 to learn more about the School of Education and discuss possible collaborations in the future.

ECNU President Yu Lizhong joined colleagues Ding Shuzhe, director of the university’s International Exchange Division, and Guo Weilu, director of the president’s office. The visit follows UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin’s stop at ECNU during her spring trip to China. Li Li Ji, a UW-Madison professor of kinesiology who also serves as adjunct professor at ECNU, facilitated the visit after accompanying the chancellor in the spring.

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UW-Madison, Chancellor Martin welcome group of Chinese athletes

Aug. 17, 2010

Chinese athletes and Chancellor Martin

Chancellor Biddy Martin (right) is presented with an autographed group photo by a group of nine Chinese student-athletes at a welcome event at Olin House.

They may be well-known in their native China, but the group of elite student-athletes and coaches who are living and studying at UW-Madison this fall are blending in and immersing themselves in the life of UW-Madison students.

They even have their own Chinese UW-Madison Bucky Badger T-shirts, given to them by Chancellor Biddy Martin during a welcome picnic Monday evening at Olin House.

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Chinese Champions Program:
Meet the Student-Athletes

July 24, 2010

Group photo of athletes and campus community members

Members from the campus community join the student-athletes in the Chinese Champions Program in front of the Memorial Union shortly after their arrival by bus from Chicago on July 24.

A group of elite Chinese student-athletes and coaches is living and studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall as part of the inaugural Chinese Champions Program.

The nine athletes (two of whom are also coaches) are in staying Madison until Dec. 15 as part of a unique exchange with Beijing Sports University (BSU), the foremost sports, physical education and exercise science institution in China.

During the fall semester at UW-Madison, the group will participate in nondegree-seeking seminars in English as a Second Language and the Department of Kinesiology, as well as internships focusing on training, coaching and events management. They will also participate in internships and tour Wisconsin.

The student-athletes are:

Luo Xuejuan is a swimmer who competed mostly in the breaststroke. She earned a gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the 100-meter breaststroke. She was honored as the first Chinese torch-bearer for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics torch relay.

Liu “Bobby” Guozheng is an accomplished table tennis player. He earned gold medals for China in the men’s team competition in both the 2001 and 2004 World Table Tennis Championships.

Fu Tianyu is a speed skater who earned a bronze medal at the 2005 world championships. In addition, she won the women’s 3000-meter relay at World Championship in 2006, 2008 and 2009. She also was the women’s 3000-meter relay champion of World Cup in 2008 and 2009

Sui Jianshuang is a gymnast who is best known for winning a silver medal in the rhythmic gymnastics team competition of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. She also won a gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games in the rhythmic gymnastics group event.

Wang Bingyu is a curler who recently won a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. She won a gold medal in the 2009 World Curling Championship and at the 2009 Winter World University Games. She was also runner-up at the 2008 women’s World Curling Championship.

Xie Yong is coach of the Chinese national weightlifting training center and the Chinese national men’s weightlifting team. He also coached Zhang Xiangxiang, winner of a gold medal in the 62-kilogram class at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Ren Jie is a world champion and three-time Olympian in shooting. She competed in 10M air pistol at the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. She reached the 2004 final and finished fourth. She is the World Cup champion of Women's Air Pistol 40 rounds in 2004.

Lu Xiudong is coach of the Chinese national taekwondo team. He also coached Chen Zhong, the gold medal winner of women’s 67-kilogram taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.

Xu Yaping is a Chinese sprint canoeist who competed in the late 2000s. She finished ninth in the K-4 500-meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She is also the World Cup champion of women’s 500 meters four pairs rowing in 2006.

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