University of Missouri paving the way for trade with China
MU’s College of Engineering has received a $287,000 federal grant to open the first American environmental and energy technology office in China, Rep. Kenny Hulshof recently announced.
The office, designed as an educational and training resource for Chinese professionals interested in advanced American technologies, is slated to open March 13 in Beijing. The U.S. Department of Commerce grant recognizes the office’s “extraordinary” undertaking, which will improve China’s quality of life even as it helps bolster the bottom line for American businesses, Hulshof said during a Jan. 27 grant presentation ceremony.
“What we do for China is also good for us,” agreed CoE Dean Jim Thompson.
The Beijing office will offer Chinese professionals a neutral academic setting in which they can learn about U.S. environmental and energy technologies, said project Director Thomas Clevenger, an MU civil engineering professor.
That academic environment may help American companies overcome societal barriers that have blocked their entry into China’s burgeoning market, CoE project leaders believe.
“We have found a unique and acceptable way to introduce technology to people who need it and assist U.S. companies in expanding their sales,” said Brian Gauler, the Beijing office’s associate director.
Clevenger said the university also will run a series of two-week technology training programs for Chinese decision makers on MU’s Columbia campus. Both the Beijing and Columbia efforts will initially focus on wastewater and drinking water treatment, solid waste management, energy-saving technologies and heat pumps.