In addition to speaking at the conference, Dr. Connaughton was invited to present at Minzu University of China, and Tsinghua University (“China’s Harvard”- one of the top two universities in China). Dr. Connaughton gave lectures and seminars on sport science using research examples and case studies. Dr. Connaughton has been working with Tsinghua University, for over 10 years including research collaborations, leading a UF study abroad program, hosting visiting faculty, and volunteering for the Beijing Olympics. Looking back since his first visit, Dr. Connaughton is an awe of how China has changed over the years, especially in Beijing during its Post-Olympic era and the strides they have made in improving their green initiatives. Dr. Connaughton appreciates China’s extensive history, its grand culture, and has made many close friends in the country over the years.
Besides having the opportunity to meet several international scholars and students, Dr. Connaughton also met Dr. Zhang, the Director of the University of Florida’s Beijing Center for International Studies. Zhang is responsible for fostering relationships among China and the University of Florida and specifically works with study abroad, collaborative research, faculty exchanges, and admission recruitment.
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