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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002


Texas, Chinese educators aim toward collaboration

By Andrew Fritsch
The Daily Cougar

A short trip down the freeway led to an international meeting of minds this week, when a conference in Dallas served as UHis first step toward forming an international research association.

Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Properties John Warren represented UH at the conference, which brought together representatives from 10 Chinese universities and nine Texas universities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Education has been touring the United States, discussing the possibility of collaboration between the two countries in business, law and, more importantly, research, Warren said.

John Warren, UHis associate general counsel for intellectual property management, attended a conference in Dallas this week meant to start building partnerships between American and Chinese research institutions.
Pin Lim/The Daily Cougar

The purpose of Mondayis conference was to hold a "round-table discussion" between the institutes to determine whether there was a possibility for joint research and student-faculty exchange programs, he said.

At this time, UH has not decided on any specific areas in which to collaborate with the Chinese institutes, Warren said, but faculty and staff will begin meeting soon to determine potential projects.

"This is not an easy process, and I canit wait until next year or else it wonit happen," he said.

The nine Texas universities at the conference will send a delegation to China sometime next year (there is no official date yet) to meet with the same Chinese schools, as well as some from Korea and Taiwan, Warren said.

The Chinese universities expressed interest in working with UHis Bauer School of Business because, they said, it is a good program overall. 

A joint masteris of business administration between UH and Shanghaiis Jiao Tong University program is possible as well.

The Chinese institutes were interested in UHis programs in health-care law, intellectual-property law and Internet/information law because of UHis expertise in these areas, Warren said. The Universityis Law Center is highly ranked nationally in those fields.

"The ultimate goal is to do things that complement each other. Duplicating research is pointless," Warren said.

He said he thought the meeting had a positive outcome. 

"I think weill be able to more effectively collaborate with universities in the Far East."

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