Purdue partners with Chinese university for management program

October 21, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will add China's Nanjing University of Science and Technology as a partner in a program in supply chain management.

The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in global supply chain management, a degree offered by Krannert School of Management, focuses on operations, supply chain management and business analytics. Nanjing University joins Purdue and its current partners Tianjin University (China), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (India). 

A formal signing ceremony is planned for 10:15 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 22) at the Holiday Inn Lafayette-City Center.

The signing takes place during the U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability conference, hosted by Purdue. Scientists from the United States and China will meet to address global challenges involving the Earth's "Critical Zone," the portion of the Earth's land surface that extends form the top of the vegetation canopy to the lowest limit of circulating groundwater. The conference is Oct. 22-24 at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette and the Holiday Inn Lafayette-City Center.

Purdue leads one of six U.S. State Department selected U.S.-China EcoPartnerships for Environmental Sustainability. The U.S.-China EcoPartnership at Purdue focuses on joint research to address the combined effects of climate change, renewable energy and human activities on regional and global ecosystems, and to explore technologies that would aid in restoring damaged ecosystems, said Timothy Filley, professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences and director of the U.S.-China EcoPartnership at Purdue.

Preceding the signing ceremony for the joint program will be a signing ceremony inducting Nanjing University into the U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability.

David Hummels, dean of the Krannert School of Management; Dan Hirleman, Purdue's chief corporate and global partnerships officer; Pan Yi, vice president of Nanjing University; and Xindan Li, dean of Nanjing University's School of Management and Engineering; will sign the partnership agreement.

Filley; Guirui Yu, China director of the U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability-Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Zhenhua Dai, director of the study abroad training and research center of the ministry of education in China and professor at Nanjin University; will sign the membership induction agreement.

The conference will address global challenges to Critical Zone functions, identify common questions and present measures to facilitate networked Critical Zone research with specific emphasis on systems in the United States and China. Funding for the event is through public and private contributions and includes the National Science Foundation, Purdue's Global Engineering Program, College of Agriculture, College of Science, and the Discovery Park Global Sustainability Institute, Purdue's Confucius Institute, as well as FuturaGene, Faegre Baker Daniels, and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.

Up to 120 participants can register for the conference. Registration and other conference details are available at www.conf.purdue.edu/criticalzones. All sessions will be in English. 

Writers: John Hughey, 765-494-2432, hugheyj@purdue.edu

Elizabeth Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

Sources: Amy David, 765-496-6526, david11@purdue.edu

Timothy Filley, 765-494-6581, filley@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Purdue President Mitch Daniels will speak at the conference at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday (Oct. 22). The complete conference agenda is available upon request. Please contact Elizabeth K. Gardner at ekgardner@purdue.edu or 765-494-2081.

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