Tsinghua University is often referred to as the "MIT of China." Tsinghua (whose main campus is in Beijing) maintains a "Tsinghua Science Park" (a technology park) at its campus in Langfang, Hebei, a Chinese Province of 76 million people. Tsinghua is also closely allied with the Provincial Government of Hebei through the "Hebei-Tsinghua Development Institute."
In September, 2006, the University of Massachusetts signed a Letter of Intent with the Hebei-Tsinghua Development Institute. This partnership brings UMass recognition in China as a world class university and provides important access to the Chinese Government. With this agreement, Tsinghua University and the main development arm of a Chinese Province of 76 million people have jointly pledged to help Massachusetts companies set up technology sales and other business initiatives.
In March, 2007, University of Massachusetts
Medical School professor and Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD,
traveled to speak at Tisinghua University. There, Dr. Mello, who serves
as the Presidential Science Advisor to UMass President Jack M. Wilson,
agreed to serve as a Science Advisor to Yankang Zheng , Vice Chair of
the Tsinghua University Council and President of Tsinghua University.
Tsinghua University Academic Bridging Program
The Tsinghua University Academic Bridging Program provides specialized, focused preparation in Beijing that then becomes a pathway to study at the University of Massachusetts. Currently the program has enrolled 80 Chinese students who are studying at UMass Boston. The program is expected to grow quickly, with a target of 200 such students a year.
Massachusetts Technology Base at Tsinghua University
July 5, 2007 Dr. Marcellette G. Williams, Senior Vice President for
Academic and Student Affairs and International Relations for the
President's Office of the University of Massachusetts, and senior
officials of Tsinghua University unveiled the Massachusetts Technology
Base at Tsinghua University Hebei Institute in China.
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