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Baruch College and CUNY delegation attend WC2 Annual Meeting in Hong Kong and Xi'an Jiaotong University's anniversary celebration

delegation from Baruch in Hong Kong

On April 4, 2016, a delegation from Baruch College and other CUNY colleges traveled to Hong Kong to attend the World Cities, World Class University Network's (WC2) 11th Annual Meeting. The WC2 Network is a global consortium comprised of top universities located in major world cities. The Network's goal is to foster closer links and cooperation between the universities and their cities to address issues/themes of common interest to global cities, such as transportation, global health, sustainability, business and global cultures. Hosted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the annual meeting was an opportunity for member institutions to continue discussions about the consortium's network model, consultations on the upcoming symposium in Berlin, and updates on sustainability and urban development policies/projects.

The Baruch College/CUNY delegation included: Dr. David Birdsell (Dean, School of Public Affairs); Dr. Myung-Soo Lee, Vice Provost of Global Strategies, Dr. William Boddy (Faculty Fellow for Global Initiatives, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences); Dr. Alison Griffiths (Interim Dean, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences); Dr. Kevin Hom (Dean, School of Technology and Design at New York City College of Technology).

From Hong Kong, the Baruch/CUNY delegation traveled to China on April 8, 2016 to represent Baruch College at Xi'an Jiaotong University's 120th anniversary celebration. The event, attended by university leaders from all over the world took place at the university's main campus in Xi'an, China. Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), a comprehensive, multi-campus, research university, is a member institution of the C9 League, a consortium of 9 of the top universities in China. Per its website, XJTU currently enrolls approximately 32,200 full-time students, including those in master's and Ph.D. programs.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, XJTU sponsored the World Class Universities Expo and Conference. The Expo and Conference included an opening ceremony and welcoming reception, booths representing various universities, lectures from visiting scholars, and panel discussions featuring visiting university leaders. Also featured was the recently launched University Alliance of the Silk Road (UASR). Led by XJTU, UASR is an alliance of 125 universities from 30 countries seeking cooperation, regional development and cultural exchange in the countries along the historic Silk Road region.