When WVU College of Business and Economics Milan Puskar Dean Jose “Zito” Sartarelli visited China last month, he had a busy schedule: help an accompanying WVU delegation recruit new students; spend some time with distinguished B&E alumni; and expand and deepen established relationships with universities there.
Sartarelli, who also serves as Chief Global Officer at WVU, said the trip included a planned meeting with Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia High Education Policy Commission (HEPC), who was in China on state business.
“Our time with Dr. Hill was well spent,” said Sartarelli. “We got to introduce him to distinguished WVU alumni in Shanghai and visit Shanghai University together. These were great opportunities and the time spent there was invaluable.”
The WVU delegation met with notable alumni and discussed ways to further cooperate on a number of opportunities. High-ranking individuals who met with the WVU group included Mr. Ping Jiang, a WVU alumnus and Vice Mayor of the City of Shanghai; Mr. Lehiang Xu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baosteel Group Company; Mr. Zhihao Dai, President of Baosteel; and Mr. Shuhai Cong, WVU alumnus and President of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
“We have great alumni and very formidable business contacts in Shanghai,” Sartarelli said. “These meetings are important because they give us opportunities to meet with our alumni and business contacts for WVU and B&E that are vital to our growth. The topics we spoke about ranged from educational opportunities to business opportunities, student and faculty exchanges, and outreach to our friends in Shanghai. And having Dr. Hill with us to participate in these critical relationships was fantastic.”
The delegation also visited other WVU alumni in Shanghai. The Shanghai Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association provided support to the delegation during the visit. Additionally, members of the WVU delegation attended the China International Education Exhibition in Shanghai.