China was selected as the first location for a Gateway office because of Ohio State's strong ties to the country in terms of its ongoing faculty connections and partnerships, study abroad programs, international student base and international agreements with institutions of higher education. Ohio State's presence in China helps the university maintain existing partnerships and explore new relationships with universities in China in the hopes of collaborating on research, initiating study abroad programs and establishing the potential for internships.
With the official opening of the China Gateway in June 2010, Ohio State has made progress in its collaborative efforts in the Greater China area. The university continues to move forward building relationships in Shanghai, not only with the academic community, but with local government officials, Ohio-based businesses in China and international corporations as well. Ohio State works with these corporations to identify how the university could share its expertise with them in order to train and enhance the knowledge of their workforce.
The Gateway also serves as a location to host information sessions for students from China who want to learn more about the academic opportunities at Ohio State and is a point of contact for our strong base of alumni to gather informally and strengthen their connections to the university.