Tilghman's Asia trip continues with meetings in Shanghai

March 14, 2008 1:06 p.m.
Shirley Tilghman in China

Below: Tilghman also spoke with students from Fudan University and International School. Princeton has developed a strong connection with the university's Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies.

Photos: Margaret Miller 

Continuing her weeklong trip to Asia that began with a stop in Singapore, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman traveled to Shanghai, China, Wednesday and Thursday, March 12-13.

Tilghman is visiting Asia to learn more about the future of the region and increase awareness of the exceptional educational opportunities available at Princeton. While in China, she met with education leaders and government officials in support of goals to maintain close ties with the region and to explore issues related to the global economy.

Tilghman's visit to Shanghai marked her third time in China. She previously has visited the country as president of Princeton in 2004, and on a visit to Beijing in 1980 as a member of a senior-level scientific delegation.

On Wednesday, Tilghman visited Fudan University and International School. Princeton has developed a strong connection with Fudan University's Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies. Tilghman met with Fudan officials, students and faculty members.

On Thursday, Tilghman learned more about broad policy issues facing Shanghai at a meeting hosted by Yang Jiemian, director of Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is spending this year at SIIS in an effort to foster connections between Princeton and partners in Asia. Slaughter is accompanying Tilghman on her trip to Asia.

Shirley Tilghman in China

Other officials scheduled to attend the meeting were: Yu Lizhong, president of East China Normal University; Xu Yibo, mayor of Shanghai Luwan District; Chen Zhixing, director general of Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration; Zhang Daogen, secretary general of Shanghai Policy Making and Consulting Committee; Chen Dongxiao, vice president of SIIS; and Wang Lei of the Office of International Exchanges and Research Management at SIIS.

Tilghman began her trip in Singapore March 10-11, and she is concluding it in Hong Kong March 13-16.