Summary: President's Message October 2011
This year, we are celebrating the centennial of Regina College, the forerunner of the University
of Regina. As part of that celebration, we will also commemorate our 30-year relationship with
China a relationship that has helped shape our institution.
The University of Regina was one of the first Canadian post-secondary institutions to sign a
formal partnership with a higher education institution in China after the People's Republic of
China opened its doors to the world in the 1970s. In 1981, former University of Regina President
Dr. Lloyd Barber signed a historic agreement between the University and Shandong University,
the first of many long and fruitful relationships with Chinese institutions.
Since that initial agreement, the University has developed relationships with approximately 50
Chinese institutions. Those partnerships have resulted in joint undergraduate and graduate
programs, student and faculty exchanges, scholarship programs, co-operative education
placements and innovative research partnerships.
The relationships formed over the past three decades have benefited thousands of Canadian and
Chinese citizens, students and scholars who have exchanged ideas, shared knowledge, and built
friendships for the good of our countries and our world. Right now, there are approximately 800
Chinese students studying at the University of Regina and there have been more than 200
visiting Chinese scholars since our partnerships began. Since the mid-1980s, nearly 3,700
Chinese students have graduated from the University of Regina and the University has awarded
honorary degrees to two Chairs of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.