Anderson University and the city of Anderson recently welcomed a visit from a delegation from Anderson Indiana's sister city of Yuhang District, Hangzhou, in China. The visit was in response to the mayor’s trade mission to the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou in November 2006.
The eight visitors included six men and two women, representing government, health, education, art and culture for the Yuhang District. Anderson was the only Indiana city the delegation visited while in the United States. Mayor Smith and city of Anderson representatives, Anderson University officials, Flagship Enterprise representatives and business leaders participated in a welcoming dinner.
Anderson Mayor-Elect Kris Ockomon and other representatives of the new city administration have been invited by Mayor Smith to participate in all of the events with the Chinese delegation to assure continued relationships and business opportunities.
The schedule also included a breakfast and meeting with city officials, a press conference, visit to Anderson University and the Falls School of Business, a tour of the Paramount Theater, luncheon at the Flagship Enterprise Center, tour and meetings at the Flagship Enterprise Center and the new Anderson University Flagship Center.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.