May 18, 2010

Arriving

Our first experience in Beijing Airport is an enthusiastic greeting by two China Agricultural University students. They bring a large bouquet of flowers for President Córdova and smiles for the Purdue delegation. The students, a young man and woman, wear the celebratory T-shirts designed for Purdue Day with CAU on top in Chinese and Purdue University in English below it. A quick trip through heavy evening traffic ends at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the site of the Olympic Games near the Bird's Nest. The conversation between the students and Chris Foster, Purdue's first gentleman, turns to soccer and basketball, and the students agree that the next season for Purdue should be one of the best ever.

The destination in the morning is China's top comprehensive university, Tsinghua University, to discuss and sign a memorandum of understanding for academic and research collaborations.