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Chinese Delegation Learns from Wisconsin's Technical Colleges

May 27, 2015 | Conor Smyth

Ten officials from the Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese technical colleges recently visited Wisconsin at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Education and Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. The visit was part of a program administered by the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations.

Changing social and economic realities in China have created both opportunities and challenges for its higher education system. Within this context, the Chinese delegation visited with Wisconsin officials - including Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy - to learn more about the structure and delivery of Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Wisconsin. Xueli Wang, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with expertise in the area of community colleges, also visited with the delegation.

Madison College President Jack E. Daniels, III and his team hosted this discussion on the college's main campus, showcasing its state-of-the-art Ingenuity Center. The Center was developed last year in partnership with business and industry as part of Madison College's successful referendum to update and expand its facilities.

Madison College's Dean of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology Denise Reimer led the delegation in a tour and discussion of the Ingenuity Center, and Geoff Bradshaw, the college's Director of International Education, spoke about programs and other opportunities for international students. Six Chinese students studying at Madison College accompanied the delegation on its tour.

At the conclusion of its tour, the delegation also enjoyed a gourmet lunch focused on local faire, presented by Madison College instructor Chef Paul Short and students in the college's culinary program. To learn more about the visit, please watch this brief video:

(Video courtesy of the Office of Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.)