After several years of planning, Indiana University's China office opened its doors on Friday, May 23rd. Although the cover photo for the office's website may exaggerate how clean Beijing's air is, the facility really is state of the art, and will be a very comfortable home for IU faculty, students, and alumni who need to do research and hold meetings in China. For more info on using the facility, visit IU's China Office website.
The opening is officially described in a press release issued by IU, so no need for me to go into much more detail here. But you can see from the "before" and "after" shots, that the space underwent a dramatic change in just a few short weeks.
January 2014: We received the space essentially naked, with no floors, walls, or ceiling. Each tenant in required to install and uninstall all of this when moving in or out. This adds a lot to the cost of the space, but is a boon to the remodelling and interior design sectors.
May 2014: Picture taken from the same physical location. A little different, no?
May 2014: RCCPB Center Coordinator Roy Hooper in the reception area.
May 2014: The view from the reception area toward the conference room and other offices.
May 2014: President McRobbie speaks at the opening ceremony.
May 2014: 75-80 people attended the ceremony.
May 2014: President McRobbie and his Tsinghua counterparts renew our Memorandum of Understanding between the two schools.
The IU Office is located within the Tsinghua University Science (TUS) Park, a 5-minute walk from the East and South gates of Tsinghua University and a 10-minute walk from the #13 subway line. Click here for directions. You're welcome to visit any time!