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Davenport Honored by China Institute

China Institute of Oriental Studies names Minnesota State Mankato its chief research center in U.S.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-18-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport (on left in photo) was named the honorary chairman of the China Institute of Oriental Studies and also was named honorary curator of the Oriental Culture and Arts Museum in Tianjin, China, today by Mr. Changdong Xu (on right in photo), who is vice president of the China Oriental Studies Institute and the president of the Western Returned Scholars Association Entrepreneur Alliance.

Davenport’s honorary appointments were announced at a press conference today at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

The China Institute of Oriental Studies has also designated Minnesota State Mankato as its chief research center in the United States.

Davenport led a delegation of Minnesota State Mankato administrators and faculty members on a trip to China in early December to visit Chinese universities and public schools for the purposes of establishing partnerships and recruiting students.

Also traveling with the delegation in December was Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson, who formalized “sister city” relationships with two cities in China. The two cities included Tongxiang in Zhejiang Province and Yongcheng in Henan Province. Anderson signed memorandums of understanding with each city that establishes them as “sister cities” to Mankato.

During the December trip, Davenport delivered a keynote address at the Eleventh Overseas Investment Strategy Forum sponsored by the Western Returned Scholars Association at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He discussed the importance of globalization and new trends in education.

Founded in 1913, the Western Returned Scholars Association is a Chinese government-affiliated entity consisting of more than 40,000 Chinese scholars and researchers who have studied abroad. Its website is at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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