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Building on its long history of strong partnerships with China, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has opened an an office in the Zizhu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in Shanghai, in partnership with the Minhang District. This office, inaugurated in June 2012, is the first self-sustaining overseas presence for the University.

Mission: The UW-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office美国威斯康星大学创新中心 is designed to facilitate faculty-led projects and to raise the profile of UW—Madison abroad. The SIO will help coordinate student academic and internship opportunities, faculty research collaborations, alumni outreach and business partnerships.

Proximity: The SIO is located in the Zizhu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in the Minhang District of Shanghai, close to key partners—including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University and East China Normal University (SJTU).  The SIO also offers regional proximity to longstanding partners in Beijing, interior China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and throughout East Asia.

Administration/Operation: The SIO is administered by the Division of International Studies on behalf of the UW-Madison Provost’s Office under the direction of the SIO Oversight and Steering Committee.

Neville Lam, the founding president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Shanghai Chapter, currently serves as interim director of the SIO. Lam, director of China business development for American Appraisal China Limited, received his bachelor’s degree in business at UW–Madison in 1997. He played a vital role as UW–Madison’s on-site consultant for getting the Shanghai office ready to open and continues to serve as a key UW contact in China.

Contact: Inquiries about the UW-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office may be directed to Laurie Dennis at ldennis@international.wisc.edu.

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