On July 26, Dean Rachel Rebouché and Assistant Dean John Smagula received Counsellor Yu Yougen from the Education Office of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, along with colleagues Consuls Qin Qilun and Yang Xiaoyu. 

Dean Rebouché welcomed the delegation and briefed them on Temple Law School’s rule-of-law program in China, the centerpiece of which is the Master of Laws program in Beijing in collaboration with Tsinghua University. This program, launched in 1999, is the first accredited cooperative Master of Laws degree program approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. 

John Smagula, Yu Yougen, Rachel Rebouché, Qin Qilin

Over 900 students have graduated from this program, including judges, prosecutors, government officials, law professors, and commercial lawyers. The program will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2024, with events planned in Philadelphia and Beijing to mark the occasion. 

Counsellor Yu said that Sino-US educational cooperation has been and still is a critical national priority, providing opportunities for mutual understanding, cultural exchange, and academic enrichment. Dean Rebouché thanked the Consulate for their great support of the program and committed to ongoing dialogue to build upon and strengthen our cooperative work in China. 

During their visit to Temple, the delegation also met with Vice Provost Emilia Zankina and Assistant Vice President Erika Clemons in the Office of Global Engagement to discuss Temple’s other work in China and explore opportunities for future collaboration across other disciplines.