Nine students from Xiangtan University in China arrived at Tulane Law School this summer, the first cohort of students as part of an important academic partnership between the two universities.
The students are enrolled in Tulane’s LLM program, studying international finance and credit law.
Last week, they were treated to a welcome lunch, and were joined by law Dean David Meyer, Tulane Law Prof. Guiguo Wang and Prof. Mingqing You (LLM’05), who returned to Tulane this fall a visiting professor from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China, teaching a course on Chinese Public and Environmental Law.
The significant academic partnership began about a year ago and will entail an ongoing exchange of faculty teaching short courses at the two partner institutions, funding faculty research collaboration and eventually providing 25 full-tuition scholarships annually for Xiangtan students to pursue LLMs at Tulane Law.
The Tulane-Yongxiong Center for International Credit Law, funded by a generous gift by Dean Tan Man, the founding dean of the Xiangtan University School of Credit Risk Management, will provide support for students and for faculty research and teaching collaborations relating to international finance and credit law.
“This is an important opportunity to extend Tulane Law School’s international and comparative leadership in business and credit law, in partnership with an ambitious and committed academic partner in Xiangtan University,” said Dean David Meyer.
“We’re grateful to the generosity and visionary leadership of Dean Tan in making this possible and excited to build this together.”
Tulane faculty have already joined Xiangtan faculty in academic conferences on comparative credit law in Changsha and elsewhere. Dean Meyer and Professor Wang, Tulane’s Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law and co-director of the Tulane-Yongxiong Center, will travel to Xiangtan in October to take part in the Second Annual Shaoshan Forum on Credit Law, organized by Xiangtan’s School of Credit Risk Management.
The total financial commitment to Tulane under the partnership agreement is approximately $7 million over the next five years. The agreement can be renewed thereafter.