In spring 2014, Mayor Bailey convened a task force consisting of representatives from Riverside schools, colleges and universities, businesses (including realtors), transit agencies, and the IRC to develop a strategy for making Riverside a more international student friendly city.
The determination to nurture and expand international relations for students across the globe exemplifies Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city and location of choice pillars. Establishing relationships with sister cities and proactively engaging students of different cultures and backgrounds is what sets Riverside apart from just any other city. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation and world.
According to the Office of the Mayor, “Riverside was voted 2012’s most intelligent community in the world by the prestigious Intelligent Community Forum. Our City of Arts & Innovation is a world class city, in part because of a sister city program that has been hailed by Sister Cities International as one of the best in the country.”
Mayor Bailey led a Riverside economic development/education delegation to China May 23-30, 2014. The visit, which has significantly increased the inflow of Chinese students, especially to CBU and UCR, resulted in an MOU between the UCR School of Business and Jiangmen’s WuYi University, and a reciprocal visit by a WuYi University delegation to UCR in August 2014. A highlight was Mayor Bailey’s visit to Jiangmen’s No. 1 High School where he delivered a brief civics/government lecture. Just this past August, a group of 45 students from sister city Jiangmen’s No. 1 High School visited sister high school John W. North. The visiting students home stay and interact with students, faculty and administrators at North High.
One of the most significant sister city milestones was the 2007 4-Party agreement signed by Riverside, Sendai, UCR and Tohoku University on the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Riverside and Sendai. This agreement resulted in the creation of SC-RISE (Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy) at UCR. SC-RISE annually brings in solar energy researchers from Tohoku, and has expanded its base of support to corporations such as Riverside’s SolarMax Technology and entrepreneurs such as Shenzhen’s Winston Chung.
Maintaining the momentum of Riverside’s international presence, Mayor Bailey will be visiting Mexico sister city Cuautla in September 2014 to participate in the Mexico Independence Day celebration and explore cultural and business opportunities.
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