We hosted fans today in Weatherup Center as we get ready to head to China on Thursday afternoon. Below are some things we let our fans know about Arizona State and all the good it has going on in China, along with some things to know about the wonderful nation we will be visiting.
We leave Thursday, Aug. 8 in the afternoon and return super late on Sunday, Aug. 18. Three games will be played, and the team will visit all kinds of sites and Chinese monuments. More information to come later in the week.
In the meantime, here are all kinds of things to know about Arizona State and/or China...
• ASU has established academic collaboration and exchange with more than 30 universities in China, such as the accelerated joint bachelor/master's program (3+2 program).
• ASU is working with Sichuan University to develop China's first creative writing program at a Chinese university, in Phoenix's sister-city of Chengdu in Sichuan, an inland province in the southwest nestled between fertile plains and gorges, and the snowcapped foothills of the Himalayas
• The School of Social Work at ASU is partnered with Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) to develop a plan to promote social work education and research in central China.
• ASU College of Health Solutions has established the China Project to build collaboration among ASU, the College of Health Solutions, Nicholas A. Cummings Behavioral Health program, and Chinese universities, hospitals, and community health centers.
• ASU has partnered with Sichuan University and established the Center for American Culture to promote cross-cultural understanding between China and the United States by reaching Chinese students- the next generation of leaders at one of the largest universities in China.
• The Arizona State Chinese Language Flagship Program is an undergraduate program designed for Mandarin language learners who seek to achieve superior language proficiency while pursuing degrees in the academic major of their choice. This innovative curriculum is designed to produce graduates with dual strengths in professional level Mandarin language proficiency and their chosen career domains.
• Arizona State offers a PhD, a MA and a BA in Chinese.
• The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University launched the Executive MBA in Shanghai in 2003, which is now ranked 21st globally by the Financial Times.
• Arizona State offers a Chinese Language Camp called "From STARTALK to Flagship 2013" and it consists of a 15-day intensive residential program for motivated 8th-12th grade students in Arizona.
• Arizona State has alumni chapters in both Beijing and Shanghai.
• Denis Fred Simon joined the senior leadership team at Arizona State University as vice provost for China Initiatives and Strategy in January of 2012.
• The Pac-12 played host to a group of Chinese athletic officials at the Pac-12 basketball tournament in Las Vegas as part of a symposium on collegiate sports development, sent an all-star volleyball team to China for six matches and has coaches conduct clinics for more than 150 Chinese coaches over a six-day span in Shanghai in early August.
• Of the 72,254 students at Arizona State last semester, 6.1 percent were international students, a 16 percent increase from the year before.
• Sun Devil water polo athlete Ao Gao competed as a member of China's 2012 women's water polo team in London.
• Zachary Marin and Tina Cai, students in the Chinese Language Flagship Program in Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures, were awarded the Fulbright-Hays GPA Scholarship to study in China this summer to improve their Chinese language and cultural skills.
• One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese and its population is 1.3 billion.
• Chinese students are the fastest growing demographic of applicants to Pac-12 universities.
• An estimated 300 million people play basketball in China, roughly the population of the United States.
• In 2007, 100 million Chinese people tuned in to watch Yao take on countryman Yi Jianlian of the Milwaukee Bucks.