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Message from the President November 2009 The next time you walk through the main hallway of the new residence buildings, look up at the
 

Summary: Message from the President November 2009
The next time you walk through the main hallway of the new residence buildings, look up at the
ceiling at the dozens of flags hanging there. These represent the home countries of all the
students who live in residence. It is an impressive visual display that honours our University's
global connections and recognizes and welcomes our international community on campus.
One of our longest-standing global connections is with the People's Republic of China. I traveled
there recently with a University of Regina delegation to renew our relationship with our first
international partner. This relationship dates back more than four decades to the first visit by an
officialChinese group in September, 1966. In 1980, our University, with the Government of
Saskatchewan, organized the first nationwide Canada-China Trade Conference. The following
year, the University signed a formal "twinning" exchange agreement with Shandong University
(SDU). Since then, visits by delegations and visiting scholars, student and faculty exchanges,
research and teaching collaborations, honorary degrees, study tours, and scholarship agreements
have followed with Chinese schools, agencies and individuals.
Today, students from China represent the largest international group on campus. This fall, almost
half of our 918 international students enrolled in credit programs are from the People's Republic
of China. An additional101 Chinese students are in the non-credit English as a Second Language
(ESL) program.
We'll be honouring this important partnership in 2011, with plans to celebrate the 30th
anniversary of our relationship with SDU and China as we mark 100 years of education at what

  

Source: Argerami, Martin - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Regina

 

Collections: Mathematics