Ringing in the Year of the Dog with a celebration of UAlberta-China relations

As Chinese New Year approaches, the University of Alberta welcomed the Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, and Thomas Dang, MLA for Edmonton-Southwest, to campus to kick off celebrations for the Year of the Dog.

On Monday, February 5, Minister Schmidt joined The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, the China Institute and University of Alberta International to celebrate the upcoming Spring Festival as well as acknowledge the contributions of China Scholarship Council (CSC) sponsored students and scholars at UAlberta.

UAlberta is proud to be home to the world’s highest enrolment of CSC students and scholars, with over 120 full degree PhD students and 85 visiting PhD students attending in the 2017-18 year. The CSC is a non-profit agency under the Chinese Ministry of Education with a mandate to fund outstanding Chinese students to study abroad, and to provide scholarships for international students to study in China. As part of this effort, UAlberta and the CSC have built a strong partnership to provide funding to qualified students who wish to come and study at UAlberta.  UAlberta continues to expand collaboration with the CSC through other activities including professional development programs for Chinese university faculty members and administrators.

During the visit, Minister Schmidt also toured the UAlberta China Institute, Canada’s only established, multi-disciplinary think tank and policy research centre focusing exclusively on China studies and advancing Canada-China Relations.

“This event is a chance to not only commemorate the New Year, but also reflect on UAlberta-China activities,” notes Dr Cen Huang. “We are proud to acknowledge a wide range of collaborative activities with China, including our high enrolment from CSC scholars but also joint research projects such as UAlberta-Tsinghua Joint Research Centre on Future Energy and Environment, and UAlberta-ECNU Joint Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, as well as extensive exchange activities by faculty members and students.”

The tour was followed by a roundtable with students, researchers, and staff, including two Canadian students who recently participated in the Canada Learning in China Initiative, a national program led by UAlberta that connect students with meaningful study abroad experiences in China.

UAlberta is widely recognized by the governments and partner institutions in Canada and China for its contribution in building educational, cultural and economic ties between the two countries.