The trip is part of a university-wide effort to expand UCLA's relationship with China on several levels, including study programs and alumni support.
By Claudia Luther for the UCLA Newsroom
Read this release in Chinese at http://bit.ly/aAmaAS.
Representatives of UCLA's Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools will travel to Shanghai in the People's Republic of China during the week of July 19 to meet with enrolled and prospective students and their parents. The trip is part of a university-wide effort to expand UCLA's relationship with China on several different levels, including study programs and alumni support.
"This gives us a unique opportunity to highlight the dynamic relationship between Shanghai and UCLA," said David Unruh, assistant provost for academic program development, who oversees UCLA's International Education Office. "There is so much UCLA activity in Shanghai, and so many Shanghainese people who come to UCLA, that we wanted to design an event to bring all these things together."
Among those who will make the trip on behalf of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools are the office's director, Vu Tran, and associate director, Kathleen O'Kane. They will meet with Shanghai students and their parents during the week.
Tran and O'Kane also will be speakers at information sessions that will be held on Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21. Both sessions will begin at 5 p.m. Location and directions will be available upon confirmation of reservations, which can be made at www.admissions.ucla.edu/shanghai. Questions can be directed to Howard Cheng, a UCLA alumnus in Shanghai, at 021-51087992.
"We are very pleased about the expanded interest in UCLA among Chinese students," Tran said. He noted that freshman enrollment from the People's Republic of China had almost quadrupled, from 36 in fall 2009 to about 140 this fall, including 11 from Shanghai and more than 40 from Beijing.
"Our long-term goal is to develop more opportunities for all of our students to interact with each other in our increasingly global world," Tran said.
Others in the UCLA contingent will include Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh and Susan Jain, executive director of UCLA's Confucius Institute, which was founded through a partnership between UCLA, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The institute's mission is to promote the teaching and learning of Chinese language, history and culture throughout Southern California.
The UCLA activities will conclude with a meeting on Friday, July 23, of the UCLA Confucius Institute board of directors at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a reception and dinner Saturday evening. At the dinner, Waugh will acknowledge the newly admitted UCLA students who are from Shanghai, as well as extend a welcome to friends of UCLA, visiting faculty and scholars, alumni, and Chinese university partners.
The dinner event will showcase the research of about 60 UCLA students studying in Shanghai during the summer. The students also will show the results of their "24 Hours of UCLA in Shanghai" project, a photographic and video documentation of city life that they will begin at noon on Tuesday, July 20, and conclude at noon the following day.