USF World News

Qingdao University Delegation Led by President Fan Enhanced USF Partnership
December 4, 2015

A strong partner with the University of South Florida (USF) for many years, Qingdao University (QU) is the largest university in Shandong Province, China, and has a working relationship with the Chinese language program at USF. In July 2012, QU and USF signed an agreement to operate the Confucius Institute (CI) and expand academic collaborations.

The USF CI is one of more than 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide, and USF is the first university in Florida to establish such a partnership. Since the agreement, both universities have witnessed numerous exchanges including the annual CI Board meeting.

Last week, President Fan led the QU delegation to USF to discuss potential areas of collaboration with representatives of several USF colleges.

The delegates from QU include:

  • Fan, Yuejin, President (Co-chair of the CI Board)
  • Zhou, Xiaoli, Assistant President (CI Board member)
  • Jiang, Weidong, President Office
  • Li, Fuhua, Dean, Business College
  • Liu, Qi, Vice Dean, International Office (CI Board member)

Gathered in the Patel Center Conference Room, the CI board members included the following USF representatives:  Dr. Roger Brindley (Vice Provost and USF System AVP for USF World, representing Provost Ralph Wilcox while on official visit to India), Dr. Karen Holbrook (Senior Advisor to President Judy Genshaft) and Dr. Boo Kwa (Associate Dean of International Programs at the College of Public Health).

Dr. Brindley and President Fan hosted the meeting and made opening remarks. Kun Shi, director of the USF CI, presented the annual report and proposed a plan and budget for 2016.

Satisfied with the CI performance, the CI board members offered suggestions for future improvement. The 2016 plan includes expansion of outreach to the business community and greater support to academic exchanges between QU and USF.

The CI assisted USF World to host a networking meeting with representatives from the USF Colleges of the Arts, Medicine, Public Health, Business Administration, Department of World Languages and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each shared their experience and strong interest in working with QU, particularly in the areas of business, hospitality, medicine and public health. Attendees include the QU delegates and the following from USF:

  • Roger Brindley, Vice Provost and USF System AVP for USF World
  • Kiki Caruson, Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation & Global Affairs
  • Kaushal Chari, Associate Dean, College of Business
  • Jackie Nelson, Director of Undergraduate Affairs, College of Business
  • John Sinnott, Prof. and Dean, College of Medicine
  • Boo Kwa, Associate Dean for International Programs, College of Public Health
  • Yiliang Zhu, Professor, USF Health
  • Amy Thompson, Associate Chair, Department of World Languages
  • Marc Powers, Director, School of Dance & Theatre
  • Amela Malkic, Director for Global Engagement, USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • John Robison, Professor, School of Music
  • Linman Li, Director, Asia Program, USF Medicine International
  • Kun Shi and Mingjian Zhang, Confucius Institute

During the visit President Genshaft hosted a dinner for the QU delegation to welcome them to the Tampa community. Presidents Fan and Genshaft discussed potential areas for collaboration between the two universities, including academic exchange and research.

The USF CI looks forward to offering assistance to future cooperation between QU and USF and to strengthening the partnership with more academic developments and outreach expansion.