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Chinese Government and Business Leaders Visit Miami Dade College

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(L-R) Ms. Lijun Liu, China's director general for the Department of Training and Supervision of the State Administration of Civil Service, Dr. Pamela Menke, MDC's associate provost, Mr. Yunhua Wu, China's deputy administrator of the State Administration of Civil Service, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and Iliana Castillo-Frick, MDC vice provost for human resources.

Miami, December 3, 2009 - Throughout the world, Miami is viewed as a prime business and cultural hub. At the heart of the city is Miami Dade College, the institution that binds the community and trains future professionals with its innovative programs. A delegation of senior Chinese government and business officials has taken notice. The delegation visited the college’s Wolfson Campus recently to attend briefings on U.S. social security, human resources principles, higher education, policy making, and ethics reform, among other areas of interest. 

The visit was led by Mr. Yunhua Wu, China’s Deputy Administrator of the State Administration of Civil Service, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Other members of the group included top human resources administrators from various provinces in China. It was their first time in Miami.

“There are 7 million civil servants in China. It is our responsibility to train them and manage them effectively. Learning experiences of other countries are very valuable. We appreciate the time you spent with us and the opportunity to learn from you. We are very fortunate to have visited Miami Dade College,” Mr. Wu said.

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón greeted the delegation. The college’s associate provost, Dr. Pamela Menke, and vice provost for human resources, Iliana Castillo-Frick, were also present to address the group. Presenters included Miami-Dade County’s Inspector General Chris R. Mazzella and City of Miami Social Security Administration Branch Manager, Iliana Pelaez.  

MDC has enjoyed a close relationship with China on numerous fronts. Most recently, the college was authorized to open a prestigious Confucius Institute to offer numerous classes and workshops on the Chinese language, culture and business opportunities. The college has also hosted several groups of Chinese air traffic controllers at its acclaimed Eig Watson School of Aviation, among other important projects.

The delegation expressed interest in possibly establishing a similar partnership to train Chinese professionals in the areas of human resources and social security in the future. 


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