Drexel in China, May 2014

By Julie Mostov, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

A Drexel University delegation, led by President Fry and including Julie Mostov, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives; Suhada Jayasuriya, Distinguished University Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM); Wei Sun., Albert Soffa Chair Professor, MEM and Director, Drexel-SARI Center, and David Velinsky, Vice President for Academy Science, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Head of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences were in China last month on a multi-city trip. The visit included performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra, meetings at the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) and the newly established ShanghaiTech, and the announcement of a new partnership with the Tianjin Museum of Natural History, deepening the sister city relationship between Philadelphia and Tianjin.

At the annual meeting of the SARI Advisory Board (pictured below), Professor Wei Sun reviewed the research activities of the last year at the joint Drexel-SARI Center, including visits by Drexel faculty and students, and on-going projects, as well as a highly successful alumni night of networking. SARI researchers who were selected along with Drexel professors as Co-PIs on three joint projects on Energy and the Environment also presented slides of these collaborative research projects during the annual meeting.

President Fry and Dr. Mostov then traveled to Tianjin, where they were met by David Velinsky for meetings at Nankai University (our partner university in Tianjin) and the Tianjin Museum of Natural History. Drexel University began a successful collaboration with Nankai University in December 2012, a relationship supported by both Mayor Michael Nutter and Mayor Huang Xingguo who witnessed the signing of the agreements. President Fry presented Nankai University President GONG Ke with a letter from Mayor Nutter to Mayor Huang, celebrating our continued collaboration and the addition of new partnership between the ANS and the Tianjin Museum of Natural History. After meetings with Nankai President, faculty, and staff, the group visited the Museum of Natural History, and signed an MOU, paving the way for exchange of people, ideas, collections, and exhibitions between these institutions and our Sister Cities.

Drexel University was the Education Partner for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2014 Tour of Asia and China Residency. This partnership created opportunities for the Drexel community in China, including incoming students and their families, to experience this world renowned orchestra first hand. The innovative program continues to represent a bridge for cultural, educational, and diplomatic exchange between China and the United States, as the two nations celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations. This was the first tour with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who made a lasting impression on audiences in Beijing and Shanghai with Drexel and guests in attendance.


Drexel Now articles on the trip and the School of Education China collaborations.