Accompanying the UC San Diego chancellor to Shanghai

When UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla travelled to Shanghai in April 2016, he came with a small, yet very intellectual entourage: UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) Dean Peter Cowhey and GPS's 21st Century China Program Chair Susan Shirk. Here, we track their whereabouts.


  1. Throughout his academic tour through Shanghai, Khosla kept his UC San Diego counterparts informed about his travel via his blog, providing briefs on meetings with academics, leaders and alumni.
  2. On the agenda was a Triton Community reception in Shanghai, reuniting UC San Diego alumni in the city that is far from their alma mater. Shirk even reconnected with a couple of GPS alumni at the reception.
  3. The trio also spent ample time at UC San Diego and GPS's institutional partner Fudan University, partaking in a panel discussion on public universities, innovation and U.S.-China relations.
  4. Khosla took the floor during a part of the discussion to also highlight UC San Diego’s strengths in innovation.
  5. He touched on this in his blog, as well, including the ways in which UC San Diego is strengthening collaborations with Fudan University.
  6. In fact, Khosla and Fudan University President Xu Ningsheng signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) during his trip.
  7. As part of the MOU signing, the group unveiled a new plaque for the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China. Based at GPS, the Fudan-UC Center is the first academic institution established by a major Chinese university in cooperation with a leading North American university. As such, it is the the driving force behind UC San Diego's collaboration with Fudan University.
  8. Read, in Chinese, more about the MOU signing.
  9. And view more photos from the trip.