Hundreds of Chinese students could be enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the next few years through a preliminary recruiting agreement UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell is expected to sign in Beijing on Monday.
Officials say the agreement with a Chinese education network would boost the university's international profile and its ability to help Milwaukee companies that do business in China - the city's third-largest trading partner. It also would bring millions of dollars to UWM over the next several years in out-of-state tuition.
UWM would be marketed throughout China, and recruited students would arrive next fall through 2015 under the agreement. More students in China who learn about UWM through the marketing efforts also could be attracted to the university independently.
Both UWM and Milwaukee stand to gain, university and city leaders said.
"Some of these students will end up with skill sets and go back to China to work for Milwaukee companies that have operations there," said Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.