Michigan officials visit SJTU
Updated: 2016-11-18

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Rick Snyder (left), governor of the state of Michigan in the US, poses for a photo during a visit to Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Nov 12. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

A delegation led by Rick Snyder, governor of the state of Michigan in the US, visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) on Nov 12.

Snyder expressed his appreciation for SJTU's cooperative partnership with the state of Michigan, especially a fruitful joint institute set up by SJTU and the University of Michigan (UM) in 2006, which aims to build a world-class teaching and research institute in China for nurturing innovative leaders with global vision.

He also expressed the state's eagerness to attract excellent engineers, as Michigan has long been famous for its manufacturing industry and engineers will play an increasingly important role in the automotive industry.

Jiang Sixian, secretary of the Party committee of SJTU, agreed with Snyder about the benefits of the two parties' close connection and hoped for further and broader collaborations, especially in the business field.

The day also witnessed a joint announcement by UM-SJTU Joint Institute and UM's Ross School of Business of the launch of a new automotive executive development program.

Aiming at promoting China's automotive industry and smart car development, the program will invite renowned professors and scholars to provide innovative ideas and practical guidance to Chinese automotive executives in strategic planning, future business trends, organization and management models, and consumer research.

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Officials from SJTU and the US state of Michigan pose for a group photo on Nov 12. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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