China Initiative

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has, as its Initiative, the Mission to:

Strengthen ties and understanding between China, UNC Charlotte and the State of North Carolina by exchanging knowledge across academic disciplines, promoting socio-economic interactions and an understanding of Chinese life and culture

UNC Charlotte China Initiative Updates

Dr. Pamela L. Shue

Dr. Pamela L. Shue Awarded UNC-China Technology Learning Grant

Dr. Pamela L. Shue, assistant professor in the Child and Family Development Program in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte, was awarded a UNC-China Technology Learning grant by the UNC General Administration. The grant will fund the development of a global understanding course focused on early childhood education in collaboration with partners at Beijing Normal University (BNU) in Beijing, China. Read more...

Xiamen University Students Explore the U.S. Graduate School Experience at UNC Charlotte

July 2012. A group of 26 undergraduate students visited UNC Charlotte from Xiamen University to gain insight into the U.S. graduate school experience as part of a program through Intercultural Outreach Programs in the Office of International Programs. While here, the students met with faculty and students, as well as recent graduates including a  panel on internships and networking opportunity coordinated by Robin Boswell, Director of Graduate Student Career Development in the Belk College of Business. Read more...


Exploring Partnerships in China: From Charlotte to Xiangyang

March 2012. Upon invitation from the Carolina Asian American Chamber of Commerce, two staff members represented the Office of International Programs on an informational and exploratory visit to Xiangyang, China, in March. Dr. Jian Zhang, Associate Professor of Biology at UNC Charlotte also joined the group. Zhang is the past president and Board Chairman of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Read more...

Study Abroad in China: Students from Five Colleges Explore Beijing Together

March 2012. Dr. David Mozina, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and Dr. Jing Wang, Assistant Professor of Chinese, taught  “Beijing in the Mirror of Time: Glimpses of Old China in a Modern Metropolis” in spring 2012 course which culminated with a study abroad experience in Beijing in March 2012. A diverse cohort of undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Belk College of Business, the College of Arts + Architecture, the College of Education, and the William States Lee College of Engineering, most with no prior experience studying Chinese language, history, politics, or business, enrolled in the course. Read more...

Xiamen Student Enrollment Growth in College of Business

March 2012. Dr. Rick Conboy, Director of Global Business Studies and Associate Professor of Management in the Belk College of Business, is pictured here visiting with nine Xiamen University students in the summer of 2012. These students were enrolled in the College's early entry graduate programs for Fall 2012, which expands the College's relationship with Xiamen.  The College will enroll as many as 30 students from Xiamen in the M.S. Mathematical Finance program, a joint program with the Department of Mathematics for Fall 2012.  In 2011, the College enrolled 11 Xiamen students in the M.S. Finance program. Read more...


Dean of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences travels to China to Strengthen Partnerships

October 2011. Nancy Gutierrez, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Joël Gallegos, Assistant Provost for International Programs,  travelled to China in October to further develop partnerships and exchange opportunities with key institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xiamen. Read more...

Wong, Associate Professor of Architecture, Serves as Visiting Professor at Tongji University

Fall 2011. Dr. Peter Wong, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the School of Architecture, served as a visiting scholar at Tongji University in Shanghai, China for the fall semester of 2011. As a visiting scholar, Wong lectured and served as a review critic in five graduate and undergraduate courses in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University. “The experience afforded a critical understanding of the global and developmental pressures now facing China and other East Asia countries,” said Wong. Read more...



College of Computing and Informatics Dr. Fan Named First UNC-Fudan Senior Fellow

Fall 2011. Following a highly selective application process, Dr. Jianping Fan, associate professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte, has been named the first UNC-Fudan Senior Fellow.  This prestigious fellowship will strengthen and enhance current initiatives and develop new opportunities for partnership with Fudan University in Shanghai as well as other universities in China on behalf of UNC Charlotte and the UNC system. Read more...

Southwest University of Political Science and Law Delegation Visit

UNC Charlotte Hosts Delegation from Chinese Law School

April 2011. Hosted by criminology professor Paul Friday and Qingli Meng of UNC Charlotte's Department of Criminal Justice China Center, a delegation of law professors and prosecutors from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China, visited UNC Charlotte from April 5-6, 2011 as part of a comprehensive training program for judges and prosecutors in juvenile justice.


Xiamen University Delegation Visit

Xiamen University Delegation Visits UNC Charlotte

January 2011. On January 14, 2011, a five person delegation from the prestigious Xiamen University, located on the southeastern coast of the Fujian Province of China, visited the UNC Charlotte to discuss the current joint program in Math Finance between the Belk College of Business and WISE, the Wang Institute for Studies in Economics, at Xiamen University.


For more information about the UNC Charlotte China Initiative, please contact:

Joël Gallegos
Assistant Provost for International Programs
Office of International Programs

Paul C. Friday
Professor and Director of the Center for Justice Studies in China
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Qingli Meng
Associate Director, Center for Justice Studies in China
Public Policy PhD Program