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McRobbie, IU Officials Meet With Chinese University Delegation

Top administrators from Indiana University met Wednesday with their counterparts at Zhejiang University for a conference on “universities in the business sector.” During the all-day symposium in Hangzhou , China, the presidents of Indiana and Zheijiang universities renewed affiliation agreements between the two schools.

IU President Michael McRobbie, who is on a week-long tour of higher education institutions in China, spoke on what he sees as the opportunities and challenges facing American universities as they compete in a global marketplace. He said foreign and American institutions both work to recruit the best students and faculty. He also noted that IU and Zheizhang are prepared to build on a relationship spanning more than two decades.

IU vice president for economic development and engagement Bill Stephan also spoke at today’s conference, describing how the university has set up institutional structures to help develop commercial applications for academic research. He was asked by one participant to explain IU’s cooperation with Clarian Health Partners, as the university works to expand Indiana’s life sciences economy. Stephan is the former senior vice president at Clarian. Clarian and IU are partners in the operation of Riley, Methodist, and Indiana University Hospitals, as well as the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute.

Other members of the IU delegation speaking at today’s conference include Dean of Informatics Robert Schnaubel, Bloomington law school dean Lauren Robel, and Kelley School of Business dean Patricia MacDougall. Later in the day, McRobbie joined Purdue President France Cordova via teleconference at a gathering of lawmakers, lobbyists, and others during an annual conference on Indiana politics held in Indianapolis.

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