Vermont Law Partners with Yunnan University in China

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Members of the delegation from Yunnan University Law School join Vermont Law School President and Dean Marc Mihaly and members of the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law for the signing

A delegation from Law School of Yunnan University in China visited Vermont Law School today, signing an agreement with VLS to collaborate on programs that will expand educational opportunities for students from both schools and promote exchange between faculty members.

The agreement includes, but is not limited to, collaboration on student and faculty exchanges and training programs, degree and certificate programs, joint legal research projects, and publications on environmental and energy law research and policy development.

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Vermont Law School President and Dean Marc Mihaly exchanges gifts with CHEN Yundong, Dean of the Law School of Yunnan University

“This partnership reflects our commitment to developing global leaders,” said Marc Mihaly, president and dean of Vermont Law School, after meeting with the Chinese delegation. “We are proud to partner the Law School of Yunnan University and look forward to watching as students and faculty from both institutions work toward influencing environmental law and policy, both in China and elsewhere in the world.”

The Law School of Yunnan University delegation was comprised of Mr. CHEN Yundong, Dean of the Law School; Mr. CAI Lei, Associate Dean of the Law School; Mr. QIU Yongsheng, Faculty of the Law School; Mr. NIE Yuxuan, Faculty of the Law School; and Mr. ZHAO Zhonglong, Faculty of the Law School.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Law School of Yunnan University faculty and are eager to begin working with their students,” said Siu Tip Lam, associate professor of law and program director of the U.S.-Asia Partnerships at VLS. “We likewise look forward to Vermont Law School students taking advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about law and policy in China.”

Author: Nicholas Bihun

Nicholas Bihun joined the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School as Program Coordinator in December 2013. Nicholas combines his knowledge of China’s language, culture, and energy policy with a passion for the environment and renewable energy. He studied Mandarin and international affairs as an undergraduate before moving to China in 2007. While in China he worked for a number of international organizations and think-tanks including the United Nations Development Program. He studied Mandarin at East China Normal University in Shanghai before receiving a Master’s degree from the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. At this time his research focused on U.S.-China joint energy policy and cooperation on renewable energy policies and projects.

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