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Sac State hosts Chinese sister city delegation


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Interim Provost Charles Gossett today welcomed a delegation from the Jinan Municipal People’s Government to Sacramento State.

The visit marked a continuing relationship among the city of Sacramento, Sacramento State and Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province in the People’s Republic of China. Sacramento and Jinan have been sister cities for 28 years.

Interim Provost Charles Gossett with member of Jinan delegation.

Interim Provost Charles Gossett with Jianxin Geng, deputy secretary general of the Jinan Municipal People’s Government.

“This partnership is significant because Sacramento State is a critical regional partner with our city, and when the city partnered with Jinan, we were a natural ally,” says Don Taylor, interim assistant vice president for Academic Programs and Global Engagement.

Taylor, along with Guido Krickx, dean of the College of Continuing Education, and Paulo Pinto, director of International Programs in the College of Continuing Education, represented the city of Sacramento in September at a convocation in China of Jinan’s sister cities.

During its visit to Sacramento, the six-member Jinan delegation met with Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City Council, had dinner at Ella Dining Room downtown and toured the State Capitol.

“They are in Sacramento to enhance and reinforce the vitality of the sister cities,” says Taylor.

The delegation is led by Jianxin Geng, deputy secretary general of the Jinan Municipal People’s Government, and Shengren Xie, deputy president of the Jinan Municipal People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Among those welcoming the visitors to Sac State were Robin Carter, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and Sheree Meyer, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies.

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.

– Dixie Reid