Strengthening Connections with China
Dickinson welcomed a distinguished guest on May 2 who provided new connections between Dickinson and Washington, D.C., as well as Dickinson and China. You Shaozhong, minister counsellor for education affairs in the Office of Educational Affairs of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, spent his visit meeting with senior college officials, touring campus, participating in a roundtable discussion with faculty and students and enjoying a reception.
The visit was arranged by Sherwood “Woody” Goldberg ’63, civilian aide to the secretary of the army, retired U.S. Army colonel and Dickinson trustee.
In his remarks to the students and faculty at the roundtable, Shaozhong expressed his pleasure at establishing this new connection. “It is a great honor and privilege to come from one D.C.—Washington—to another D.C.—Dickinson College,” he said. “It is productive and beneficial for us to be learning from each other.”
He presented a master plan for education reform and developments in China, that conveyed the specific challenges faced by China and the United States.
“China is a developing
country,” he said. “Even though we have made great progress in the last 30 years, we are still developing. The U.S. is a developed
country, both in terms of economy and education. Both of us meet challenges and problems, some of which are different, but some of which we share. Education is an aspect where we should work together.”
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Text by Lauren Davidson
Photos by Carl Socolow '77