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University Administrators from China
To Learn from UW-Eau Claire Administrators

 MAILED:  Oct. 7, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — A group of 25 administrators from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, are visiting the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for two weeks, Oct. 4-14, to learn how the administrative functions of higher education are handled in the United States.

The visitors — deans and directors led by their university's vice president — will attend two formal presentations each day and also spend one-on-one time with the UW-Eau Claire administrators who represent their professional counterparts. They will explore almost every aspect of university administration, from human resource concerns and admissions practices to career services, technology instruction, scholarly activity and service-learning.

Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education and one of the organizers of the visit, said most of the visitors do not speak English, so many translators, some of whom have traveled with the group from Jinan, will be working to make the program a success. Several UW-Eau Claire faculty members also will act as translators.

In the evenings and on weekends the Chinese guests will be offered the opportunity to visit a variety of local interest spots — such as an apple orchard and pumpkin farm, the farmer's market and Leinenkugel's Brewery — or attend concerts or musical events at UW-Eau Claire. Both the Lipizzaner Stallions and Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico will be performing during the time the visitors are on campus. They also will have the opportunity to go a little further a field, visiting the Minnesota Museum of History and shopping at the Mall of America.

The program presentations will wrap up on Wednesday, Oct 13, with a two-part presentation on the American System of Higher Education. A farewell banquet will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. that evening at the Eau Claire County Club.

The visitors represent about half the administrators at Jinan University, an institution which has had an exchange relationship with UW-Eau Claire for more than 20 years. Markgraf said a similar experience is planned for the other half of Jinan's administrative staff next year.

The faculty/staff exchange program is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension and the UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation also provided support.

For more information on the visitors from Jinan and their activities, contact Markgraf at 836-4411.



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Updated: October 7, 2004