University of Wisconsin-Stout

April 22, 2010

A dance and cultural program featuring 26 performers from China will begin at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

“Colorful China” will be presented by the Academy of Dance at Minzu University of China and the China Ethnic Singing and Dance Troupe in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

China’s 56 ethnic cultures will be represented via song, costume and dance during the performance. “It should be a wonderful program, something for the whole family,” said Claudia Smith, director of the Office of International Education at UW-Stout.

Administrators and journalists from China will accompany the 26 performers, bringing the total delegation to 42 people. The Provost’s Office is providing support for Wednesday’s performance.

Minzu University, from Beijing, China, has 17,000 full-time students. It is one of UW-Stout’s key partners in international education. A group from UW-Stout, including Provost Julie Furst-Bowe and math professor Mingshen Wu, a native of Beijing, visited Minzu in 2008 to help establish a study abroad program.

The program began last fall with three students from Minzu attending Stout. Up to a dozen students from Minzu are expected in fall 2010, according to Smith. In the 2+1+1 program, students study their first two years in China and their third — or junior — year overseas before returning to China to finish their undergraduate degree.

“We’re hoping to develop more partnerships. We’ve been recruiting in China for a few years,” Smith said, noting that Minzu and UW-Stout offer some parallel programs.

A total of 14 students from across China are studying at UW-Stout.

A group of UW-Stout students is scheduled to go to China this summer as part of an organizational leadership class. Led by Xuedong Ding, professor of operations and management, and Donna Stewart, associate dean of the College of Management, the group will tour industrial sites and businesses in China as part of the class. Also, Wu will lead a cultural tour of China in June through UW-Stout’s Professional Education Programs and Services.

For more information, contact Smith at the Office of International Education, 715-232-2132 or