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Kuo Ping Wen Symposium Draws Historical TC-China Connections

Visiting Chinese Professors Discuss TC-China Education Connection
A symposium in Milbank Chapel on October 25 commemorated Kuo Ping Wen, the first Chinese national to receive a doctorate from Teachers College, in 1914.

President Susan H. Fuhrman, who has been active in developing programming in China and with TC alumni there, delivered opening remarks, and TC’s Henry Levin was the keynote speaker.

Representatives of colleges and universities throughout China, as well as Yu Wei, a Former Vice Minister of Education, also delivered remarks. TC faculty members including John Black, Mina Hsu-Min Chiang, Xiaodong Lin and Mun Tsang, delivered presentations and conducted panel discussions about the history of collaboration between TC and education institutions in China. The event was co-sponsored by the CV Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University and the China Institute. It was spearheaded by Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, a great grand-niece of Kuo Ping Wen.

Also at the symposium, the Kuo Ping Wen scholarship fund for international students from China was announced.

“A Global Search for Education,” a blog about international education trends on the Huffington Post, featured a Q and A with two of the symposium’s Chinese participants.

An article appeared in Southeast Nanjing University’s newspaper. For an English translation, click on “translate” at the top of the page.

Additional coverage in Chinese newspapers is being translated.

Published Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Kuo Ping Wen Symposium Draws Historical TC-China Connections

A symposium in Milbank Chapel on October 25 commemorated Kuo Ping Wen, the first Chinese national to receive a doctorate from Teachers College, in 1914.

President Susan H. Fuhrman, who has been active in developing programming in China and with TC alumni there, delivered opening remarks, and TC’s Henry Levin was the keynote speaker.

Representatives of colleges and universities throughout China, as well as Yu Wei, a Former Vice Minister of Education, also delivered remarks. TC faculty members including John Black, Mina Hsu-Min Chiang, Xiaodong Lin and Mun Tsang, delivered presentations and conducted panel discussions about the history of collaboration between TC and education institutions in China. The event was co-sponsored by the CV Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University and the China Institute. It was spearheaded by Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, a great grand-niece of Kuo Ping Wen.

Also at the symposium, the Kuo Ping Wen scholarship fund for international students from China was announced.

“A Global Search for Education,” a blog about international education trends on the Huffington Post, featured a Q and A with two of the symposium’s Chinese participants.

An article appeared in Southeast Nanjing University’s newspaper. For an English translation, click on “translate” at the top of the page.

Additional coverage in Chinese newspapers is being translated.

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