Purdue says its Global Business Engagement Initiative will be housed in the college's international programs as a joint effort with the school's office of engagement. China is the first country chosen for the initiative, which will seek to generate trade and investment opportunities for Indiana companies and communities.
Purdue announced the move Friday at its Indiana Mayoral Roundtable on China, which included 100 leaders from 39 cities, including more than 20 mayors.
Guoqiang Yang, consul general for China in Chicago, gave the keynote speech about trends in Chinese investment in the Midwest. Indiana mayors who traveled to China with Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2009 and 2010 also spoke about their experiences.