University of Regina celebrates connection to China

Posted: October 4, 2011 12:00 p.m.

University of Regina President, Dr. Vianne Timmons with some past and future visiting scholars from the National People's Congress in China.
University of Regina President, Dr. Vianne Timmons with some past and future visiting scholars from the National People's Congress in China. Photo: From private collection.

The University is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formal relationship with China this week.

The celebration is one of the University's signature events recognizing 100 Years of Excellence in Education and will include opening ceremonies, an exhibit featuring the artwork of Professor Yan Chao of Xiamen University of Technology in China, and the official opening of the Confucius Institute, which was co-established with Hunan University and will offer a cooperatively designed teaching program that delivers academic instruction in the areas of Chinese language, history, cultural diversity, artistic traditions and business practices.

More than 25 delegates from China will be in the city to help mark the occasion.

After the introduction of China's Open Door policy the University of Regina became one of the first universities in Canada to develop formal partnerships with Chinese universities and has since developed relationships with more than 50 Chinese institutions.

Today, there are approximately 800 Chinese students studying at the University of Regina and there have been more than 200 visiting Chinese scholars. Since the mid-1980s, nearly 3,700 Chinese students have graduated from the University of Regina. The University of Regina has approximately 50 agreements with Chinese institutions. These agreements have resulted in a number of joint undergraduate and graduate degree programs, joint research projects, visiting scholar programs, and international exchange opportunities for students, researchers and scholars.

The University has awarded honorary degrees to two chairs of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress: Dr. Wan Li, former chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in May of 1989, and Dr. Qiao Shi, former chairman of China's National People's Congress, was conferred an honorary degree in April of 1996.