UW Tacoma Chancellor Mark A. Pagano and Director of Student Fellowships & Study Abroad Cindy Schaarschmidt traveled to China in early May to participate in the Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum. Tacoma Public Schools has a professional relationship with the Education Forum for Asia which hosted the event in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the fifth largest metropolitan region in China. The school district invited Chancellor Pagano to speak at the conference.
Chancellor Pagano gave a keynote speech to university leaders from around the world. His remarks highlighted UW Tacoma school district partnerships including the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative and Pathways to Promise.
“This was a great opportunity to tell UW Tacoma’s story to larger audience,” said Chancellor Pagano. During his talk Chancellor Pagano also discussed UW Tacoma’s commitment to its international students and emphasized the value of a globally-informed outlook. The chancellor ended his speech by discussing Tacoma and the surrounding region.
While in Chengdu, Chancellor Pagano and Schaarschmidt visited Sichuan University, a long-standing UW partner institution in China. The overseas trip also included a meeting with UW alumni living in Hong Kong. Forty people came to “Hong Kong Huskies” event including three recent UW Tacoma graduates. The trip ended with a visit to Shanghai University. The discussion there centered on international summer schools, faculty research collaborations and online classroom collaborations between UW Tacoma and Shanghai University.
Pagano believes the visit was a success. “I enjoyed getting the chance to talk with alumni and see how their lives are taking shape,” he said. “I think it shows that we’re cultivating graduates who can be successful anywhere.”
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org