Today, Whittier College hosted a delegation of Chinese officials led by the Hon. Xu Jialu, vice chairman of the National People's Congress of China. Vice Chairman Xu is visiting the United States to deliver a series of lectures and develop further ties between the U.S. and China as senior advisor of the China Association for International Friendly Contact. The delegation visited the Rose Hills Center for Information and Technology Resources to view the College's collection of material belonging to President Richard M. Nixon '34, accumulated during his time as vice-president.
"We talked about the importance of faculty and student exchanges, cooperation in science and technology, and the need for people all over the world to get to know each other's language, customs, and culture better," said Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger.
Whittier College has a growing connection with China and recently signed two agreements with Chinese universities that will expand study and travel opportunities for students. Currently, the College offers programs at universities in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong as well as the January Interim course that travels through various regions in China.