Center to Be Academic Forum on Contemporary China; Chinese Consul-General to Give Inaugural Speech

New York University today announced the creation of “NYU China House,” an academic forum on contemporary China. China House will encourage collaboration among NYU scholars on research related to China, host conferences and seminars, sponsor visiting scholars, offer scholarships to doctoral students, provide grants and fellowships, offer short-term cultural programming, and sponsor talks and lectures.

Professor Bernard Yeung of NYU’s Leonard M. Stern School of Business will serve as director. Other NYU faculty, research scientists, and doctoral students will be affiliated with the center as China House associates.

NYU China House’s inaugural event will be a talk by Liu Biwei, the People’s Republic of China’s consul-general to New York, on Thursday, September 28 at 3:30 pm in the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South. He will speak on the topic of “Enhanced Mutual Understanding towards Closer Exchanges and Cooperation between China and the United States.” This will be the first event in China House’s Public Speakers Series.

Professor Yeung said, “The changes underway in China, the world’s most populous country, are unprecedented in modern history. Its emerging influences on economics, politics, societal and cultural changes, humanities, and scientific research are mesmerizing. Universities are the premier institutions for helping us understand and respond to these developments, and to take advantage of the best possibilities. NYU is launching China House to ensure it has a significant role in this momentous process.”

Professor Yaw Nyarko, vice provost for globalization and multicultural affairs, said, “The founding of NYU China House is a response to the growing scholarly interest in China among faculty and students at NYU and a recognition of its increasing influence in the political, economic, and cultural landscape of both Asia and the world at large. It will facilitate and support cross-school and multi-disciplinary research in new and emerging fields of inquiry related to or involving China. It will also be a resource for faculty, students, and the larger community through language instruction, public events, and cultural activities. It is the responsibility of the academy to provide its constituents with the platform necessary to thrive in a dynamic, global, and diverse world. China House will be an important part of this effort.”

For more information on China House, go to beginning Thursday, September 28, 2006.

New York University is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1831, it is one of America’s leading research universities and a member of the selective Association of American Universities. It is one of the largest private universities, it is a leader in attracting international students and scholars to the U.S, and it sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university through its extensive network of sites in Asia, Africa, and Europe. At Washington Square, NYU has a strong global presence through its International Houses: La Maison Francaise, Deutsches Haus, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, Glucksman Ireland House, Kevorkian Center of Near Eastern Studies, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, and, most recently, Africa House and China House. Through its 14 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

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