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October 25, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence


Bev Harris, Laurier Board of Governors chair, presents a silver plate to Yunnan Normal University president Yang Lin

Laurier’s China Office



In October 2007, Laurier opened an office in the city of Chongqing, Southwest China. A number of universities from around the world have partnerships in the area, but Laurier is the first Canadian university to establish an office in this strategically important region.

Shawn Steil, former consul and senior trade commissioner at the Canadian Consulate in Chongqing, said, “By looking beyond the traditional coastal areas of China and establishing an office in Chongqing, Laurier is strategically positioned for the next wave of China’s development.”

Through its office in Chongqing, Laurier has eight Chinese university partners and has established collaborative relationships with government and the private sector. Exchanges are available to students in a variety of disciplines, from business to social work, and from the sciences to the humanities and social sciences.

“The Laurier office in China provides students and faculty with the support needed to access an unprecedented number of opportunities to gain understanding of Asian and global perspectives,” said Dr. Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Laurier. “Our objective is to increase cooperation in addressing some of the most important economic, social and environmental issues of the day.”

In partnership with the Canadian Consulate in Chongqing, Laurier is leading a number of Canada’s initiatives in the region, including collaborations with Canadian public and private sector partners in the areas of supply chain management and logistics, health care informatics, social services, and higher education management.