Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Centers, and Initiatives in Asia

Dalian University of Technology

Dalian, China 

Penn State Engagement Champion:  Chunshan Song


Penn State-Dalian Joint Center to Promote Collaborative Energy Research 

The Penn State and Dalian University of Technology (DUT) Joint Center for Energy Research (JECR) actively supports faculty and student exchanges and research collaborations at both universities.

For more information about Penn State's strategic initiatives in Asia, contact Marty Trethewey, director of global engagement:

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Pune, India 

Penn State Engagement Champion: Anil Kulkarni ( 

Key Activities  

Fall 2015: Collaboration Development Workshop held at Savitribai Phule Pune University. $75k of seed money was awarded to 10 faculty teams from both universities on a competitive basis. The jointly funded seed money program nurtured the budding collaborations into self-supporting, sustained activities in teaching, research and service. 
Sept 2016: Pan Institute Network for Global Health (PINGH), Pune, India. 45 participants from six international institutes:  SPPU, Penn State, University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Freiburg (Germany), University of Limpopo (South Africa), and  Mount Crest University (Ghana).
Feb 2017: Urbanization and Health Workshop between Penn State, University of Freiburg, Germany, and SPPU.
March 2017: Penn State Student Study Tour. 


Visit Support

When Penn State faculty and administrators visit India support can be provided to them in various forms including local contacts for hospitality, arrangements to meet with students, faculty and administrators at various education and research institutes (not just SPPU) and high schools, visa letters, handling and distribution of promotional material, coordinating faculty interactions and engagements for research and education activities programs, facilitating meetings with government officials.

New Visiting Professorship

Visiting professorship to Penn State funded by the Government of India through Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for a faculty member of University of Pune is being finalized.

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

In 2011, Penn State's Korea GEN task force identified Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) as one of the candidates for Penn State's strategic partner institutions in South Korea. The two universities had already held their first joint workshop at SKKU's Seoul Campus in June 2013, where about 40 professors from the two universities explored possible research collaborations in various fields such as education, engineering, and information sciences and technology. Penn State and SKKU also have an active Staff Exchange program.

For more information about Penn State’s engagement in South Korea, please contact Marty Trethewey at