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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2008

IU East Asia News

McRobbie Signs Agreement with China’s Zhejiang University

In November IU President Michael McRobbie and nine other university representatives visited Zhejiang University in Hangzhou to participate in a symposium on the challenges and opportunities presented by an international research and industry partnership between the two universities. President McRobbie and Zhejiang president Yang Wei signed an agreement that includes plans to implement a faculty and student exchange between the IU School of Law-Bloomington and the Zhejiang University College of Law. The IU delegation also explored possible future collaborations between various units at Zhejiang University and the Kelley School of Business and the School of Informatics. IU’s Office of Overseas Study is also seeking to strengthen its relationship with Zhejiang University through an arrangement that would allow IU students to study at Zhejiang University’s International College and its College of Management.

Kelley Dual Degree Program with Sungkyunkwan University

The Kelley School of Business and South Korea’s second-ranked business school, Sungkyunkwan University’s (SKKU) Graduate School of Business Administration signed a three-fold agreement that will allow students from either university to study abroad at the other institution. Students in SKKU’s global business undergraduate program can earn a dual degree by taking the core of their classes in South Korea and finishing in Bloomington. Additionally, the agreement establishes a dual-degree MBA program. Finally, in a new executive MBA program that was semi-customized for Samsung, students completing most of their education in Seoul can also take classes in Bloomington, with faculty from Kelley and SKKU sharing teaching responsibilities.

Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business: Recent Events

In January RCCPB Postdoctoral Fellow Junmin Wang gave a lecture titled “Horizontal Combination and Vertical Integration: Organizational Strategies of China’s Tobacco Giant.” Drawing on extensive interviews and other primary source materials, Wang explained how some state-owned enterprises have succeeded despite a highly competitive global market. In February Thomas Kellogg presented a talk on “Constitutionalism with Chinese Characteristics? Constitutional Development and Civil Litigation in China.” Kellogg is a senior fellow at the Yale China Law Center and a lecturer-in-law at the Yale Law School. He has worked for a wide range of non-governmental organizations in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, focusing on human rights and the development of the rule of law. The event was co-sponsored by RCCPB and the IU School of Law. Please visit RCCPB’s Web site for information on upcoming events.

Chinese Ambassador Visits Indianapolis

Approximately 275 IU faculty, students, and business professionals attended a speech by Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, in February. Presented by the Kelley School of Business and sponsored by IU’s Center for International Business Education and Research and Cummins Inc., Ambassador Zhou spoke on the topic “China’s Development and U.S.-China Relations” at the University Place Conference Center at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI).

The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis

The first product of a partnership between IUPUI and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangdong province in southern China is the Confucius Institute, which celebrated its inauguration on April 25. The primary mission of IUPUI’s Confucius Institute is to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in central Indiana and facilitate mutual understanding between the people of the PRC and the United States. Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, has provided the institute with two Chinese instructors who will teach classes for K–12 students, college students, the business community, and the general public, and conduct professional development workshops for K–16 teachers of Chinese. For more information see the Confucius Institute’s Web site.

SPEA’s Scholars in Global Citizenship Program Goes to Seoul

This spring the Scholars in Global Citizenship course in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) has focused on Korea, examining the opportunities and challenges globalization creates in that country. Matthew Auer (Environmental Science) has led the students in an analysis of the environmental context, the conflict between management and labor, tension and conciliation between the two Koreas, and the increasing importance of nonprofit organizations in public wellbeing in South Korea. May 13–24 Auer will lead the class to Seoul, where students will carry out research for their final course projects, meeting with experts and leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Yonsei University and the IU Office of the President are co-sponsors of this new course, and the students will be hosted by Yonsei University.

SPEA Graduate Students Study Public Infrastructure in China

Extreme population growth in China’s wealthiest and most populous province, Guangdong, provides the setting for an important case study by public finance students in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Working with three doctoral students from Renmin University of China and Sun Yat-sen University, the graduate students will present conclusions and recommendations to the Chinese government on how to finance the growth of public infrastructure in China. Scheduled to be completed in Fall 2008, this study is the result of a grant from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a nonprofit organization that sponsors public research.