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Chinese delegation to visit campus

In the coming days, Drake University will host two high-profile events related to China.

Gong Chen, associate professor of law at Sichuan International Studies University in China, will present a lecture titled “U.S. and China Trade Issues” on Feb. 10 at noon in Cartwright Hall Room 205. Ms. Chen’s presentation is free and open to the public. More information about her lecture is available at http://bit.ly/GongChen.

On Feb. 13, a delegation from China’s Hebei Province will visit Drake. The delegation will tour campus and meet with Drake officials and students. Visitors include Mr. Zhang Qingli, party secretary of CPC Hebei Committee and chairman of Hebei People’s Congress; and Mr. Jing Chunhua, member of the standing committee of CPC Hebei Committee and the secretary general of CPC Hebei Committee.

“Hebei and its people have played important roles in preparing Drake students for responsible global citizenship,” says Kirk Martin, Chinese Cultural Exchange Program director. “By having such a high-level delegation from Hebei wanting to come to campus, we see what an impact Drake has had in China as well.”

Drake University first welcomed a delegation from Hebei Province ““ Iowa’s Sister State ““ 25 years ago. Since then, Drake has sent over 175 students and graduates to Hebei both to study and teach through the Drake Chinese Cultural Exchange Program. One opportunity is the Teach in China Program, which offers recent graduates from any academic background the opportunity to live and work in China for a year.

Drake has also welcomed dozens of visiting scholars from Hebei and has sent 15 of its own faculty members to Hebei for short-term visits through its faculty exchange program.