Office of Public Affairs and Communications | October 12, 2017
Notre Dame's delegation to China, led by Charles and Jill Fischer Provost Thomas G. Burish, met with university officials and diplomats today in Chengdu, which is rivaling Shanghai as China's financial center. After meeting with Sichuan University Vice President Yan Shijing, Mendoza College of Business Martin J. Gillen Dean Roger Huang and assistant provost for Asia Jonathan Noble met separately with counterparts and members of the faculty at Sichuan. Later, at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, Consul General Jim Mullinax and his in-country team for western China met with the Notre Dame delegation for extensive briefings on the region's rapid growth and its impressive educational, cultural, and social milieu.
University of Notre Dame provost Thomas G. Burish led a University delegation to China this week, on the eve of the 19th Communist Party Congress where uncertainty about Hong Kong's future was the unspoken background in discussions about academic freedom and other issues that arose in meetings the provost had with academics and others in the former British colony. Dr. Burish was questioned about it more directly in an interview with Hong Kong's leading newspaper, the South China Morning News.