University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan, in her first international trip on behalf of the university, plans to visit east and southeast Asia, according to a news release from UVa.
Her four-city tour begins in Hong Kong today. Stops are planned in Beijing and Shanghai, and the tour wraps up with a visit to Singapore on Wednesday.
The purpose of the trip is “to strengthen the university’s partnerships in education and research and to further raise the profile of the university as a top-tier global research university,” the release said.
Sullivan also plans to extend welcomes to recently admitted students and their families.
Sullivan will be supported by deans, faculty, staff and students, who will be in the region this summer teaching and working. Twenty-five of UVa’s Chinese students will act as translators.
Sullivan plans to meet with high-level education officials from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and the State Administration of Foreign Affairs Experts to learn what Chinese leaders value in their international partnerships and to learn about China’s vision for global higher education.
Nearly 800 of the university’s students are from China, Hong Kong or Singapore. Additionally, more than 150 of the university’s faculty and staff members are citizens of China, Hong Kong or Singapore.
UVa also has formal collaboration agreements with 19 institutions in the region.
Those include the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the National University of Singapore, Peking University and six of the elite Project 985 universities in China. Project 985 is an effort to promote the development and global reputation of China’s higher education system.
Earlier this month, UVa’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration held its inaugural Global Leadership Forum in Shanghai.
The forum included Dean Robert F. Bruner, school leadership and faculty, and students of Darden’s Global MBA for Executives program.
Members of Darden’s Global Advisory Council and alumni also gathered for three days of classes and discussions about the current business climate in China and Asia as a whole and the leadership challenges facing executives who manage across continents and cultures.
Fifty students in UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce’s master’s program will be visiting and studying businesses in 11 Asian cities this summer as part of the school’s Global Immersion Experience.