UCLA was recently recognized by the Committee of 100 — an international organization of prominent leaders that addresses important issues affecting U.S.-China relations and the Chinese-American community — for the university’s longtime commitment to the development of U.S.-China relations. Chancellor Gene Block accepted the committee’s Award for Advancement of U.S.-China Relations on behalf of UCLA and gave remarks at the committee’s annual dinner and gala on April 19 in Pasadena.
Widely regarded as a pioneer among American universities in engaging China, UCLA has offered courses on Chinese culture, society, and history since 1930. A leader in teaching, research and outreach involving China, the university presently holds 70 signed agreements with institutions in China. UCLA attracts large numbers of international students from China and is home to the Center for Chinese Studies, the Asian American Studies Center and numerous other resources that promote China throughout the campus and community.
Also representing UCLA at the awards ceremony were nearly a dozen faculty and staff, including Geography Professor Cindy Fan, director of the UCLA International Institute and interim vice provost of international studies; Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Jason Cong, director of the UCLA-Peking University Joint Research Institute; Professor of Anthropology Yunxiang Yan, director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies; and Susan Jain, executive director of the UCLA Confucius Institute and director of Academic Program Development for UCLA Summer Sessions.