China Institute Grand Opening

We're Doing More Than Building Bridges.
We've Built a Center in China.

The University of Dayton China Institute will elevate the University of Dayton into the realm of global American universities.

In one of the fastest-growing innovation centers in the world, our engineers, scientists and students will collaborate with Fortune 500 companies in the park, secure venture capital and bring technology to the market. We will expand faculty and student exchanges and deliver graduate education and certificate programs in China.

In the Marianist tradition, we've always graduated students who combine competence with character and community-building skills. Yet graduates also need a more international perspective to compete in today’s job market. We are poised to provide the world with American and Chinese graduates who can excel in their professions and collaborate in the workplace — locally and globally.

Welcome to the University of Dayton China Institute.

Academic Perspective

We've spent years forming strong ties with top universities in China.

The University of Dayton has established partnerships with Nanjing University, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing Art Institute, Shanghai Normal University, Zhejiang University and Jiangsu Educational Program. A growing number of students are completing study abroad programs in China. Faculty serve as visiting scholars. A group of faculty recently spent a year studying Chinese culture, politics and business through the University’s Faculty Global and Intercultural Study/Travel Program. They traveled to China in 2012 to visit the cultural sites they studied and to work on individual research projects.

The University of Dayton now enrolls more students from China than any other country outside the United States. The China Institute is another step toward the University's globalization.

Beyond bringing more Chinese students to campus, the opportunities for expanding faculty and student exchanges and delivering education in China are significant. We envision that the University of Dayton China Institute will:

  • Foster more faculty exchanges
  • Create more student exchanges
  • Provide leadership training to executives in the park
  • Offer certificate programs and other curriculum
  • Offer gateway programs to Chinese students, who will have the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate and graduate programs on campus
  • Develop an Engineering Innovation Center with Nanjing University in Suzhou

Research Perspective

A team of University of Dayton engineers, scientists and students will focus their efforts on developing collaborations with Fortune 500 and other companies in the park, securing venture capital funds and bringing technology to the market.

The University of Dayton boasts a strong track record in the commercialization of technology and in building research teams in emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology and bioengineering. The University’s technology partnerships office adeptly works with faculty and researchers to bring technology to the market.  Some product development also will occur on the University of Dayton’s campus in the Design and Manufacturing Clinic in the School of Engineering’s Innovation Center. Here, students have solved more than 600 industry problems for 120 industries in the past 15 years. It is another successful model for moving ideas from the lab to the marketplace.

As the University of Dayton China Institute grows, we will hire some of the best University of Dayton-educated Chinese graduates who can bridge the cultural differences and develop greater educational and research opportunities for faculty and students.

Marianist Perspective

In China, the Catholic population is on the upswing, with plans for the construction of a Catholic church in Suzhou Industrial Park.

Priests in the archdiocese of Nanjing desire in-service training in theology and philosophy that we can provide. We would also welcome Chinese priests in our classrooms and as ministers to our Chinese students.

The archdiocese operates the Ark-Nanjing Special Education Center with support from the local government. Some students have autism. Others have Down syndrome. All have special needs. We see an opportunity for faculty and students in the School of Education and Health Sciences and students in our service-abroad programs to make a difference in the lives of these students.

Service opportunities abound in China, where religious communities often take a leadership role in running medical clinics, helping rural communities get clean water and providing legal aid. This summer, University of Dayton engineering students worked on a wastewater treatment project on the outskirts of Shanghai.

We believe building community begins with building relationships, one at a time. That's a mission that resonates in every corner of the globe.

The world is waiting for you.

The University of Dayton China Institute (UDCI) is just 75 miles from Shanghai in the ultramodern Higher Education District of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), an internationally competitive 111-square-mile high-tech research and education park nestled in a modern urban development next to Jinji lake. Home to 25 universities from around the world and a third of the world's Fortune 500 companies, SIP is a center of innovation and opportunity unlike any other.

UDCI offers year-round programming with programs in the fall, spring and summer. Each semester, a number of courses are offered in business, engineering, and the arts and sciences. Detailed course listings will be posted when they become available.

As part of the learning experience, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and conduct hands-on projects with UD's partner companies in Suzhou, including:

  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • GE Aviation
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical
  • Lilly Pharmaceutical

Other partners include Crown Equipment, CSA Group, Delphi Electronics, Henny Penny, Marian, Makino and SAS Automation — just to name a few.

Guest speakers from multinational companies and professors from UD’s partner universities will provide Chinese culture and society seminars on topics that range from how to do business in China to appreciating the music, art and tai chi. You’ll also spend time exploring the rich cultures of Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing.

We live and work in a world without borders. If you want a global experience and an edge in the workplace when you graduate, register for a semester or summer abroad at the University of Dayton China Institute.

It’s an opportunity to build your résumé and enjoy a life-changing experience.

Disability Statement

The University of Dayton is committed to including individuals with disabilities as full participants in its programs, services and activities. To discuss accommodations for a study abroad program, contact 937-229-2066 (937-229-2059 TTY) or

Your first step is to connect.

For corporate and non-academic inquiries:

Weiping Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost and Executive Director of the University of Dayton China Institute
86-189-1357-8018 (China)
1-937-344-5769 (U.S.)

For inquiries about UDCI Academic Programs: