Daniels to encourage stronger ties during trip to Hong Kong

October 22, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels on Sunday (Oct. 25) will begin a three-day trip to Hong Kong to encourage collaborative research and partnerships and stronger ties with alumni and to pave the way for more internship and engagement opportunities for Purdue students—including the thousands of students from Hong Kong and Mainland China who are currently studying at Purdue.

Daniels and Suresh Garimella, Purdue executive vice president for research and partnerships and Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will visit with institutional and corporate partners in an ongoing effort to make a global impact with research and educational engagement. Mary Dennis, vice president for international alumni programs in the Purdue Alumni Association, and Cheryl Altinkemer, associate vice president of advancement for the Purdue Research Foundation, will accompany Daniels and Garimella in Hong Kong.

There are 9,230 international students, including nearly 4,500 students from Mainland China and Hong Kong, currently enrolled at Purdue and hundreds of Purdue alumni currently live in Hong Kong. The university has the second-largest international student population among U.S. public universities, according to the latest Open Doors report, published by the Institute of International Education.

Purdue is the number one STEM school for international students, according to a U.S. government report earlier this year. Purdue has 7,111 international students in the STEM fields, according to the report released by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

Daniels and Garimella will both speak at a luncheon and then participate in a panel discussion, "From Classroom to Lab to Boardroom," on Oct. 26 at the Hong Kong Science Park, which houses over 500 technology companies. Allen Yeung, government chief information officer, HKSAR Government, who received a master's degree (1987) in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue, will make opening remarks. Charles Mok, a Legislative Council member who received a bachelor's degree (1985) in computer and electrical engineering and a master's degree (1987) in electrical engineering from Purdue, will moderate the discussion. Another panelist will be Patrick Wang, chair and CEO of Johnson Electric Holdings Limited. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical and materials engineering from Purdue in 1972 and also received an honorary doctorate in 2004. An alumni event hosted by the Purdue Alumni Association will follow the panel discussion.  

On Oct. 27, Daniels will speak at the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and participate in a discussion entitled "An Update from America," which will be open to the press. For more information and registration, please visit: http://www.chamber.org.hk/en/events/whatson_detail.aspx?e_code=S151027FC 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu 

Sources: Mitch Daniels, president@purdue.edu

Suresh Garimella, sureshg@purdue.edu 

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