High Ranking Lijiang Delegation Visits the College of Education and Social Services
Vice Governor meets with Dean Miller to discuss education and the role of women leaders
- By Jacqueline Drouin
The College of Education and Social Services hosted a delegation of government and educational leaders from Lijiang, China, during the first week in December. The leader of the delegation, Madam Li Runlan, Vice Governor of The People's Government of Gucheng District, is the highest ranking government official to ever visit CESS, and the college was honored to host her and her delegation. The Sunday evening meal was hosted at the Dean's home and provided the Dean and Madam Li the opportunity to discuss education and the role of women leaders in their respective countries.
The delegation also included He Dongguang, principal of Fu Hui School of Gucheng District, He Xuejia, principal of Da Yan Middle School of Gucheng District, Zhang Heling, principal of Da Yan Zhing Xin Elementary School of Gucheng District, and Wang Qingyun, a teacher at Teacher Training School of Gucheng District. The delegation was greeted at the airport and joined at dinner by Professor Emeritus Dr. Juefei Wang and Director of the Asian Studies Outreach Program Bill Williams.
Also in attendance were Wang Ping, a visiting scholar from China, who is currently teaching English and Culinary Arts at NECI. Rounding out the group were Ellen Baker, CESS Director of Teacher Education, her husband Edward, and Dean Miller’s husband Robert Biral.
The delegation's visit included attending the Vermont International Festival where Madam Li was able to meet the Visiting Scholars from China and Thailand, a visit to Stowe, and a visit to Montpelier High School. During the visit to Montpelier High School, the delegation was delighted to see a student practicing Chinese juggling. The delegation also visited the New England Culinary Institute and met Katleen Finck, the Senior VP at NECI to learn about technical education in Vermont.
At the end of dinner ceremonial toast, both Dean Miller and Madam Li expressed their deep appreciation for the many and close ties that have been formed between CESS and Chinese government and education officials, that have resulted in the robust exchange of scholars and students between the two countries. Each spoke eloquently of the importance not only of maintaining the ties between the two countries but insuring their growth in the future.
During the gift exchange, which is customary in Chinese culture, Dean Miller presented Madam Li with handmade Vermont scarf by a local Vermont artisan. The delegation from Lijiang presented Dean Miller with a handcrafted silver calligraphy that represented the friendship between Lijiang and the College of Education, and traditional red emblems that represent the strength of the Lijiang people.