University of Dayton - Soochow University

American Cultural Center



The University of Dayton - American Cultural Center officially opened in December 2014 at the University of Dayton China Institute, in Suzhou Industrial Park, China. The Center aims at enhancing mutual understanding between cultures and particularly, introducing American culture and history to Chinese students, company employees and local residents in Suzhou and surrounding areas. As of now, the University of Dayton - American Cultural Center is the only one located in an industrial park in China.

2015-2016 Programming Highlights


1st Quarter (September 29 – December 31, 2014)
•    Public Lectures on American Philosophy
•    Workshop on Energy Efficient Manufacturing
•    Public Lecture on High Tech Trends
•    Public Lectures on American Higher Education System at Fujian Normal University
•    ACC Opening Ceremony
•    Establishing ACC reading room at the University of Dayton China Institute


2nd Quarter (January 01 – March 31, 2015)
•    UD China Institute Spring Semester 2015 Program
•    Public Lecture by Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs from the U.S. Embassy
•    Public Lecture, Fox Leadership Program from University of Pennsylvania
•    Eco-literature Project
•    2015 UD Spring Visiting Student Program
•    EtonHouse International School Visit



3rd Quarter (April 01 – June 30, 2015)
•    American Branding Company Visit
•    UD China Institute Summer 2015 Program
•    Participation in the One-Year Anniversary Ceremony of Study at Dushu Lake
•    Corporate Visits: Marian and Higer Bus Company
•    Kunshan High School Visit
•    Public Presentation by Mr. Keith Sinram from Crown Equipment
•    Barbeque with Soochow University Students


4th Quarter (July 01 – September 30, 2015)
•    International Workshop on Thin-Films for Electronics, Electro-Optics, Energy and Sensors
•    UD B.E.S.T. Summer 2015 Program
•    Project on Grand Canal
•    Progress of the Eco-literature Project
•    Home Stay Family Reunion
•    Presentation on “American Culture and Education” in Nanjing
•    Seminar on “Social Responsibility of Company and Strategic Charity”
•    Training on “FMEA and Risk Management”
•    Training on “Industrial Automation”


5th Quarter (September 01 – December 31, 2015)
•    UD China Institute B.E.S.T. Fall 2015 Program
•    Public Lecture on American Education Law
•    Progress of the Grand Canal Project
•    Presentation on Introduction to Entrepreneurship
•    Progress of the Eco-literature Project
•    Workshop on Energy Efficient Manufacturing



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University of Dayton

Weiping Wang

Associate Provost

Executive Director, China Institute

University of Dayton

Dr. Weiping Wang is Associate Provost and Executive Director of the China Institute at the University of Dayton. She is also the Director of the American Cultural Center in the UD China Institute, located in Suzhou Industrial Park, China. She graduated from Nanjing University in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy. She was a lecturer in the Law Department of Nanjing University from 1982 to early 1990, during which she spent one year in the School of Law, Duke University, as a visiting scholar. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. in Legal Studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Her teaching and research areas focus on law and society, social responsibility in business, and cross-cultural studies.

Dr. Wang has since 1997 made great efforts in developing cooperative relationships between American and Chinese universities. She has assisted the University of Dayton in establishing academic exchanges/collaborations with universities in China, particularly in Jiangsu Province. She has also worked at building close connections between education and industry, and more recently, facilitated the university’s development in the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park.