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Faculty traveling to China are encouraged to notify Gateway director Phoebe You of their impending visit. The staff at the Shanghai office can help by facilitating focused networking, targeted recruitment and support for scholarly work abroad. The Gateways can also help identify accommodations and provide recommendations and general wayfinding. 

Chris Zirkle, associate professor and program chair of workforce development and education in the College of Education and Human Ecology, recently traveled to China to meet with representatives from universities, local vocational schools and other academic partners.

During his visit from October 7-18, Zirkle traveled to Zizhu International Education Park where he discussed the potential to collaborate with vocational schools on a teacher training program in the field of vocational education and leadership development. The focus of the program would be on topics including professionalism, course development and teaching methods.

The Ohio State University partnered with key academic, research, industry and government regulatory partners in China for a China One Health Workshop from October 17-19. The workshop, held at Fudan University in Shanghai, allowed researchers with similar interests to meet, discuss and organize future collaborations. The three-day event had many distinguished speakers who touched on a variety of themes like antimicrobial resistance, utilization of new technology for diagnosis and management of zoonotic diseases, impact of environmental and occupational hazards on health, food safety and the impact of climate on chronic diseases.

The Ohio State China Gateway hosted the first general meeting for the Ohio State Alumni Club of Shanghai on August 27. During the meeting, elections were held for the executive and advisory alumni boards.

The advisory board elected 12 board members, co-chaired by Desmond Thio, CEO of Delta Health China, and Michelle Huang, CEO of SourceLimit. Eleven board members were elected to the executive board, which is chaired by Maoyen Chi, CEO of Cold Spring Harbor. Chairs for the advisory board will serve for six months and all other board members will serve for at least 12 months.

“The next few years will be an important and critical time for our alumni club. In our local Buckeye community, the ages and backgrounds are becoming more and more diverse. Our executive board will reach out to alumni to gather talent and our advisory board will work on a rotation of responsibilities,” said Thio, advisory board co-chair.

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