Faculty Fellow Jonathan Noble recently spoke in Beijing at the 7th annual US-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), a conference to promote and strengthen ties between the United States and China in the fields of education, culture, health, science and technology, sports, and women’s issues. This year’s CPE was cochaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong.

Noble delivered his remarks at the June 7 signing ceremony between Notre Dame and the Federation of University Sports China (FUSC), inaugurating a Chinese athletic administrator training program on the Notre Dame campus this summer.

“The University of Notre Dame is committed to strengthening human solidarity through excellence in research, education, and international cooperation and is proud to support the shared goals of the CPE to enhance cooperation and mutual understanding between our two countries,” Noble said.

“Notre Dame also supports friendship and understanding between the US and China, and we will serve to advance people-to-people exchange in education and athletic programs that will bring our two countries closer together in a shared dedication to education, sportsmanship, and well-being.”

The University’s tradition of a Catholic education “emphasizes the importance of a holistic education that is committed to educating the whole person—the intellect as well as the heart and body,” he said.

“An important part of educating future leaders is to nurture young people to possess a strong sense of teamwork, character, and integrity.” (Read the full text of Noble’s remarks here.)

The University’s assistant provost for internationalization, Noble serves as the director of Notre Dame’s Beijing Global Gateway. His research focuses on contemporary Chinese culture and society.

On July 5, Notre Dame will welcome a delegation of more than 40 Chinese athletics administrators for a unique month-long study program covering all aspects of Notre Dame athletics and multiple facets of university administration. Co-hosted by Notre Dame International, the Chinese delegation will have a full schedule of activities, which includes presentations from university leaders on how a university’s athletics funding model supports its academic mission and workshops on integrating student-athlete recruitment into an overall student enrollment strategy.

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, part of the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and students from across the University and around the world that promotes research, provides educational opportunities, and builds linkages related to two topics critical to our world—democracy and human development.

Contact: Sue Lister, director of University media relations, 574-631-7916, sue.lister@nd.edu

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