Chinese Academician to Visit Gustavus

Posted on May 17th, 2007 by

Dr. Edmund Kwok

Dr. Edmund Kwok

Professor Edmund Kwok, Ph.D., Executive Vice-President of United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China, will visit Gustavus Adolphus College on May 20-21. Kwok and his wife Christine will visit six Minnesota private colleges in all as a follow-up to a visit to China in 2005 by a Minnesota Private Colleges Council (MPCC) group that included Gustavus President Jim Peterson.

The MPCC has agreed to become affiliated with UIC, a new American-style liberal arts college on the Chinese mainland near Hong Kong. The partnership will allow students and faculty from the state’s 17 private colleges to study and work at UIC.

“This partnership is another sign of the private colleges’ commitment to deepening students’ understanding of the world we live in today,” Peterson said. “More than half of the Minnesota college students who study abroad come from the state’s 17 private colleges.”

Kwok is eager for Gustavus participation in this learning initiative through two-way exchange programs for students and teaching stints for faculty. While on the Gustavus campus, Kwok will give a presentation Sunday night, May 20, explaining the impact of UIC in China. There will be an opportunity for interested faculty, staff, and administration members to meet Kwok at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 21 in the Office of International Education.

A reputable scholar and a capable administrator, Kwok has accumulated an impressive track record of substantial teaching, research, and administrative experience at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) during the last 27 years. After first receiving a degree from CUHK, he obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.


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