On December 15,
2011, Vice president Ding Renzhong welcomed U.S. Consul General in Chengdu He
Mengde (Peter Haymond), accompanied by Consular Tang Mingjun (Michael Toyryla),
to visit our university. Vice President Ding met with the dignitaries at the
Teng Xiang building, along with the Foreign Affairs Department and the School of Business Administration.
the history of the educational reform in SWUFE, wider university development
strategies, approach in running the university and reform on teaching methods,
as well as our foreign exchange and cooperation. President Ding further pointed
out that SWUFE is the only university in China with a financial background
that has benefited from being under the administration of the People's Bank of
China for a significant period of time. In the year 2000 University
administration changed to be directly under the Ministry of Education, and
SWUFE become one of the 100 key universities’ in China.
In recent years,
the university has increased the pace of its internationalization. Now, SWUFE
has established stable relations with nearly 70 international universities and
many international well-known financial institutions and enterprises in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa,
including for example Citibank and Oracle. Vice President Ding hoped that
consul general He Mengde could give further support and advice to SWUFE in
terms of generating more international exchange and cooperation opportunities
with the United States.
Consul General He
Mengde was very grateful for the hospitality from Vice President Ding and
Faculty members from the School
of Business Administration.
He said that SWUFE has a well-known reputation in the financial sector in China, and he
highly praised the great success of SWUFE has made in the process of
internationalization in recent years. Consul General He Mengde looked forward
to enhancing the communication and further expanding the scale and scope of
international cooperation opportunities. He also said he has a responsibility
to publicize SWUFE when he returns to the US,
so that more American students can further understand Chengdu and be more aware of SWUFE.
Peter Haymond gave a presentation to our students in the conference room of the
TengXiang building titled “The interdependence of the world's next Sino-US
Mr. He Mengde has
served as the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu
since September 2011, and previously served as deputy U.S. Embassy in Laos.
Ambassador He Mengde has a Ph.D. in economics from the Fletcher School of Law
and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has twenty years’ experiences working
as a U.S.
diplomat. He was worked as U.S.
ambassador to China, Laos, Thailand
and South Korea,
and has also worked in the Washington State Energy Policy Office, Office of the
anti-terrorism and multilateral economic development. (The President’s Office)