June 2, 2011


President Guo Guangsheng of Beijing University of Technology and President Gregory Geoffroy sign an agreement enhancing educational programming between Beijing's College of Architecture and Urban Planning and ISU's College of Design. Submitted photo.

ISU group explores more activities with Chinese institutions

President Gregory Geoffroy and eight other ISU officials just returned from a week in China, where they visited Chinese universities and the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Geoffroy said the visit was intended to strengthen current relationships and create new ones with Chinese institutions that have agriculture, engineering, design and veterinary medicine programs. Through agreements, the institutions intend to create more opportunities for ISU students to study in China and Chinese students to come to Iowa State, and to foster faculty exchanges and joint research programs between ISU and Chinese professors.

Accompanying Geoffroy on the visit were:

  • Sharron Quisenberry, vice president for research and economic development
  • Lisa Nolan, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design
  • Hongwei Xin, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Egg Industry Center
  • Patrick Schnable, professor of agronomy and director of the Center for Plant Genomics
  • Ann Marie Fiore, professor of apparel merchandizing and design
  • Chiu-Shui Chan, professor of architecture
  • Difei Shen, program coordinator of Global Agriculture Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The ISU delegation also met with several Iowa State alumni who live in China.