A UW-Madison office in Shanghai could be open as soon as June, according to officials who just returned from a trip to China to explore the possibility of the university's first foreign outpost.
Gilles Bousquet, dean of the division of international studies and vice provost for globalization, said that would be the "ideal" timeline but it hinges on continued support here and getting the necessary permits in China. He said UW-Madison is convening a planning team to determine next actions.
"There are a lot of steps that we need before we can go cut the ribbon," he said. "What the trip showed to me was this idea of a UW presence supported by the Minhang District and Shanghai Jiao Tong University is something everybody welcomes and everybody wants. And moreover, they want to help."
Bousquet said the Minhang District of Shanghai has agreed to give UW-Madison office space in a research park that houses hundreds of companies, including Microsoft and Intel, called the Zizhu Science Park. The district would also cover more than half the costs associated with running the office, which Bousquet estimated at about $500,000 per year.