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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
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.