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Global forums strengthen UCLA alumni and supporter networks in Asia

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Provost Cindy Fan with UCLA alumni and supporters in Beijing

Chancellor Gene Block (center) and Vice Provost Cindy Fan (fourth from the right) gather with UCLA alumni and supporters at a forum in Beijing on Dec. 10.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement Cindy Fan led a campus delegation to Asia earlier this month for three forums that brought together alumni and supporters with local leaders.

The forums in Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai featured panel discussions with UCLA and local leaders on topics that included education, health care, technology, innovation, culture and the global economy. Receptions were also held in conjunction with these events so that UCLA alumni and their families could network and hear campus updates from the chancellor.

The UCLA Global Forum initiative is part of an ongoing effort to deepen ties with alumni, institutional partners and supporters living and working abroad.

In Seoul, UCLA robotics professor Dennis W. Hong joined Block, Fan and leading figures in Korean business, education and health care to discuss the country’s future. Approximately 120 people attended. The Dec. 8 event and the UCLA delegation’s visits to local institutions received press coverage, with Chancellor Block being interviewed by both Yonhap News and Yonhap News TV.

On Dec. 10 in Beijing, local leaders joined UCLA officials to discuss China’s economic growth and social development since the 1980s, the challenges of its current economic slowdown and its growing global role. Approximately 80 people attended the event, which was covered by local press as well.

On Dec. 12 in Shanghai, UCLA English professor King-Kok Cheung joined Block, Fan and local leaders to explore how intercultural thinking and activities in Shanghai are sparking new ideas and innovation. Approximately 65 people attended.

Another UCLA Global Forum is planned for Jan. 11 in New Delhi on the topic of sustainable energy for the future. For more information, go here.

Chinese press coverage (in Chinese) of the UCLA Global Forum in Beijing:
60 Network 60
Beijing Association 北京联盟
Changshu News Network 常熟新闻资讯
Chinese University Ranking Information 中国大学排行资讯
CNR Network 央广网发表
Global Network 环球网
The Great River Network 大河网
Great Wall Network 长城网
Latest Education Network 最新教育网
The People's Network 大众网

This story was originally posted on the UCLA International Institute website.

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