Daniel J. Julius, vice president for academic affairs for the University of Alaska System of Higher Education is reported in the Shanghai Daily as saying that in the past 30 years, and in some cases for longer periods of time, Chinese and American universities have moved inextricably closer.
Collaboration has taken place in theoretical and applied research areas, promotion of student and faculty exchanges, and development of joint degree programs.
Relationships have blossomed with the assistance of the Chinese and US governments coupled with the mutual respect of American and Chinese scholars.
Chinese students enhance US research productivity and capability, promote diversity on numerous campuses and integrate into extra curricular activities.
It is estimated that Asian students now comprise over two-thirds of foreign nationals studying in the United States.
China is becoming a favored destination for US students as well. American and Chinese scholars are increasingly obtaining funding for joint research projects to advance scientific, technological, civic and cultural knowledge.
Academic interdependence is of value to both societies. We learn from each other as our institutions respond to calls for increased accountability, the prudent use of resources, and measurement of educational outcomes.