INDIANAPOLIS | Former Gov. Mitch Daniels is returning to China Saturday for a one week partnership-building trip on behalf of his new employer, Purdue University.
"Purdue has longstanding and deep ties with China," Daniels said. "It's important to honor that history, and the best way to do that is by examining ways we can move forward with both longstanding and new partners to harness our combined strengths to build economic and educational opportunities."
The Republican former governor made several trips to Asia, including stops in China and Japan, during his two terms in office that ended Jan. 14.
On his first Asian trip as president of the 75,000-student university, Daniels is set to meet with Chinese business, university and research organizations currently or considering working with Purdue on a wide range of projects.
"These partnerships allow us to bring some of the top researchers in their respective fields together to conduct research on topics of mutual interest," Daniels said. "The additional benefit is that such joint, multinational projects allow us to pursue larger research funding grants."
Daniels, who is also co-chairman of the National Research Council's Committee on Human Spaceflight, is additionally slated to discuss space issues with Yin Hejun of the Chinese Academy of Science.
"The Chinese have become major players and have been actively growing their spaceflight program over the last several years," Daniels said. "Given Purdue's ongoing contributions to spaceflight and my current role with the committee, this will be a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into China's program and vision for space exploration."
He also will host two alumni events for Purdue graduates living in China.