International Educator - May/June 2012 - 118
By alan dessoﬀ
A longstanding Relationship Becomes a New Partnership
HEN STANFORD UNIVERSITY OPENED ITS NEW STANFORD CENTER at China’s Peking University (SCPKU) at a ceremony there in March, with senior administrators and faculty of both institutions in attendance, it marked a significant move by Stanford to enhance its presence in China and elsewhere in Asia and expand its role in global education and research. It also was a significant step in a long-term partnership of the universities that they anticipate will grow with benefits that the Center will provide to both of them.
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By establishing a prominent presence at PKU, in a western suburb of Beijing, Stanford has sharpened its focus on one of the world’s fastest-growing nations. As the home base in Asia for many Stanford departments, programs, and centers that support research, teaching, training, and outreach activities in the region, the Center eases the way for Stanford faculty and students, especially those new to China, to advance their work.
an Ongoing Relationship With china
Stanford’s relationship with China goes back to the late 1970s, when it began accepting Chinese graduate students. For the past decade, students from China have accounted for the largest number of Stanford’s foreign graduate students. Stanford and PKU have had a strong collaboration for more than 30 years, including exchanges of faculty and students, joint