On March 25th, 2021, Prof. Zhao Guoqing, Vice President, Jilin University, was invited to the “Rebuilding US-China Education and Exchange” conference, which was hosted by the China Education Association for International Exchange. Sixteen representatives from China and the US had an in-depth discussion online on the themes of the Current State of US-China Education Exchange, Issues Driving Restrictions on Inflow of Chinese Students to the US and American Students to China, Impact of Deteriorating Bilateral Relations on Education Exchange: Perspectives from US and Chinese Universities, and Post-Pandemic US-China Education Exchange: The Future. Prof. Zhao Guoqing delivered a keynote speech on the theme of Impact of Deteriorating Bilateral Relations on Education Exchange: Perspectives from US and Chinese Universities. The meeting was presided over by Zhang Xiuqin, Vice president, China Education Association for International Exchange, and David Michael Lampton, Director Emeritus of China Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Member of the Advisory Council, US-China Education Trust. Liu Limin, President, China Education Association for International Exchange, and Julia Chang Bloch, President, US-China Education Trust, made the summary speeches.
Zhao Guoqing observed that the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic downward pressure has inflicted severe challenges on international higher education cooperation and that, meanwhile, the past years have witnessed the most challenging situation of China-US relations, which consequently makes the cooperation of higher education institutions between China and the U.S. even more difficult. Even still, he continued, universities and colleges in China and the U.S. remain clear-headed and are working to actively enhance the bilateral cooperation. Prof. Zhao introduced the 40-year history of cooperation and exchanges between JLU and its American partners, which has witnessed the way in which China-US relations have forged ahead, and he discussed measures of harnessing the benefits of medical care resources from JLU-affiliated hospitals to proactively fulfil the university’s mission in providing global service. He stated that JLU is as willing as ever to join hands with U.S. partner universities with an open mind to further the cooperation for mutual benefit and make positive contributions to the well-being of the two peoples and to building a community with a shared future for mankind.
The partnership established between JLU and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1979 paved a path for JLU to conduct close cooperation with American partners, including University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Georgia Institute of Technology; Emory University; Purdue University Calumet; University of Florida and 22 other universities. The cooperation has yielded fruitful results in faculty and student exchanges and in scientific research collaborations in multiple fields.