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Chinese leaders to visit campus

September 27, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — Ten Chinese university officials will spend several days at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in early October to learn about how the university delivers student services to international students.

The dignitaries — part of the Chinese Council on International Educational Exchange President's Delegation — will meet with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, administrators, students and faculty during their visit to campus Oct. 1-3.

In 2001, the CCIEE and American Association of State Universities and Colleges developed the China 1+2+1 program in response to the challenges encountered by Chinese students in obtaining student visas to study in the United States. The program ensures that participating Chinese students will return to China following their studies in the U.S., assuaging Chinese concerns surrounding "brain-drain," and U.S. concerns about controlling immigration.

Currently, more than 80 Chinese universities and more than 20 U.S. universities are involved in the China 1+2+1 program, which UW-Eau Claire joined in 2007.

Through the program, UW-Eau Claire partners with 55 Chinese universities, and is receiving or already has received 90 students from 39 Chinese partner universities.

"We're looking forward to hosting many more students in the future," Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, said of the university's continued commitment to the program.

Chinese students participating in the program are pre-selected by the partner university in China, Markgraf said. Following that pre-selection, students are nominated and apply to UW-Eau Claire through CCIEE. Their applications are reviewed by UW-Eau Claire for admissibility.

"Students tend to be very strong academically," Markgraf said. "These students have performed very well at UW-Eau Claire."

In addition to bringing more international students to campus, the program also has resulted in numerous faculty exchanges and research opportunities for faculty, Markgraf said.

UW-Eau Claire has hosted 20 1+2+1 Chinese visiting scholars and 12 UW-Eau Claire faculty members have taught at partner universities in China, Markgraf said.

Through UW-Eau Claire's International Fellows Programs, numerous UW-Eau Claire faculty and students have carried out collaborative international research projects at partner universities in China, Markgraf said, noting that projects have ranged from "Issues in Ethical Decision Making by Information Systems Students" to "Nursing and Childhood Obesity in China."

"We look forward to a continued active engagement with our China 1+2+1 partners, and to expanding our collaboration in the areas of student and faculty learning, teaching and research," Markgraf said.

Participants in the delegation's visit this week want to familiarize themselves with UW-Eau Claire, which they consider to be a key partner university in the 1+2+1 program, Markgraf said.

Two delegations are touring the U.S. this fall, Markgraf said. UW-Eau Claire was selected to host one based on the high level of activity it has with CCIEE, he said.

For more information, contact Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, at 715-836-4411 or Markgraf@uwec.edu, or Shu Cheng, Chinese program coordinator, at 715-836-3957 or chengshu@uwec.edu.

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