As part of Penn’s commitment to global engagement, in January of 2009 President Amy Gutmann took a week-long trip to China where she visited Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, met with hundreds of proud Penn alumni, entered into exciting new agreements with two leading Chinese universities, and raised Penn’s international profile through a number of media interviews. Wharton Dean Tom Robertson accompanied Dr. Gutmann for part of the trip, and they were joined by Trustee Bill Cheung, who provided invaluable assistance at key meetings and events. Bill and his wife Cathy also hosted a beautiful dinner for Penn friends and donors in Hong Kong.
Notable events of the trip include Dr. Gutmann signing formal agreements to significantly expand and enhance ongoing academic and research collaborations with both Tsinghua University in Beijing and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The visit attracted attention from several media outlets that were interested in learning about Penn’s plans and priorities, further communicating our University’s message of global engagement to an international audience.