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International Scholar Focus: Meet Zengyuan Ren

March 23, 2018

Visiting international scholars are an important part of the intellectual and artistic community within UW-Madison’s School of Education.

Visiting scholars contribute new ideas and perspectives to key issues and problems taken up within the fields of education and health, and offer creative and rich approaches to the arts. The generative collaboration with visiting international scholars strengthens the School of Education’s connections with top experts from around the globe, and enables students, faculty and staff an opportunity to learn from and with these talented individuals.

In an effort to help the School of Education community get to know the visiting scholars on our campus, we are launching a new question-and-answer feature that will be highlighting scholars who are spending time at UW-Madison.

The following is a Q&A with Zengyuan Ren, an associate professor of higher education at Jilin University, a leading national research university in China.

What is your field of research/area of study? Higher education governance and evaluation, and university performance management.

Zengyuan Ren and Kate McCleary
Zengyuan Ren (left) poses for a photo with the School of
Education's Global Education Coordinator Kate McCleary
after he delivered a presentation March 16 examining
the evaluation of higher education in China at an event for
international scholars within the School.
What faculty member and department are you working with during your time at UW-Madison? Professor Adam Nelson, with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

When did you arrive in Madison and when will you be heading home? Arrived in October 2017 and staying until October 2018.

What attracted you to UW-Madison? UW-Madison is one of the greatest public universities in the United States and the School of Education is ranked No. 2 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual graduate school ratings. The kindness of professors and the high-level research also attracted me. In addition, I enjoy the comfortable weather and a good church.

What are you most enjoying so far about working here? The resources in the libraries, the environment, and the equipment and services is the best in the world.

What will be some of the most important takeaways from your time at UW-Madison? I’ll have very precious memories and all the happiness I experienced here will be the most important takeaways. Also, the American peoples’ cultured character and kindness impressed me so much. I will stay with me my whole life.

What do you hope people here at UW-Madison most learned from you during your time here? I hope they know more about China’s culture and food, and the development of our higher education system. People should free to talk with me or email me at:

Do you have a favorite place on the UW-Madison campus? I have many, including the Memorial Union and many of the libraries on campus.

Hobbies/other interests: Speaking English and playing table tennis.

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