June 21, 2017

Georgetown and Tsinghua University Strengthen Ties

On May 31 President John J. DeGioia of Georgetown University and Chancellor Chen Xu of Tsinghua University signed a letter of intent to create a dual degree on global governance and establish a cooperation council linking both institutions.

During her visit to campus, Chancellor Chen also provided opening remarks for a seminar on “Higher Education and the Future of U.S.-China Dialogue.” The event featured a conversation between Dr. Yang Bin, provost of Tsinghua University, and Dr. Joel Hellman, the dean of the Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, about how both universities might cooperate more deeply to address pressing global policy challenges.

 “As leading universities in our respective national capitals,” said Dr. Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown’s vice president for global engagement, "Georgetown and Tsinghua are ideally positioned to address issues ranging from global development and health to security and climate change.”

Georgetown’s Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues, which sponsored the event, is a university platform for research, teaching, and dialogue among leaders from the academy, business, government, and society in both countries.

During her stay, Chancellor Chen and the delegation from Tsinghua also met at the White House with Matthew Pottinger, National Security Council senior director for East Asia. They also visited the Department of Education, where they met with Under Secretary James Manning. 

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