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Chinese minister of education, a UI alumnus, to visit campus

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jin Wu, minister of education for the Republic of China and a University of Iowa alumnus, will visit the campus for three days next week and give a public lecture.

Wu will speak on the subject, "Educational Reform and Globalization in the Republic of China," at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the International Center Lounge.

His schedule also includes a visit to the College of Education to discuss such issues as science education, testing and gifted education; luncheons with administrators and faculty; a tour of the UI Hospitals and Clinics; and a meeting with Chinese students. In addition, Wu will donate more than 350 books from the National Central Library and the Ministry of Education to the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and the UI Libraries.

CAPS Director Jae-On Kim said that since becoming minister of education in 1996, Wu has led a broad range of educational reforms in Taiwan. "He is leading efforts to bring Taiwan's higher education system to the world class level and to cultivate more active exchanges and cooperation with foreign universities," he said.

In conjunction with Wu's visit, Hualing Nieh Engle, UI professor emeritus in the International Writing Program, will speak on the topic, "The Chinese Writer in Exile" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building, Room W410.

Wu received his master's degree and doctorate in hydraulics and mechanics from the UI in 1961 and 1964, respectively. He was chief scientist and head of the Fluid Motions Division and the Division of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at Hydronautics from 1966 - 1974, when he moved on to become professor of engineering at the University of Delaware. His other service includes work as a consultant to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory at National Cheng Kung University, of which he became president in 1994.

3/27/97