ASU in China: Solving global problems, advancing education


Lisa C. Robbins

ASU is building relationships in China with the goal of enhancing global research and education.

The university's presence in China is a major priority for President Michael Crow, who cited a business school in Shanghai, an American culture center in western China and several sister decision theatres throughout the country as just a few examples of how the university is making itself known there. “What we’re after in China is a relationship where we’re working, learning and solving problems together,” he said.
Christine Wilkinson, senior vice president and secretary of ASU, believes in the importance of global outreach in a time when emerging forms of communication are exponentially increasing the visibility of people and institutions around the world. Through its alumni chapters in China, ASU is able to reach out to even more prospective students, providing them with essential information and opportunities for furthered education.
“China has over a billion people and they are trying to raise their educational profile dramatically,” says Crow. “They’re sending hundreds of thousands of students to the United States ... and it’s a fantastic new emerging relationship.”