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The Chicago Tribune’s Jodi Cohen stopped by the Steve Cochran Show to talk about the University of Illinois’ presence in China while opening an office in Shanghai. One in ten freshman this fall will come from China.
Recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates Chao Xia, 26, Xincheng “Albert” Wa, 23, and Wenquian “Carol” Gu, 24, from left, walk along the Bund in Shanghai on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Gu, who graduated in May with a communications degree, recently returned to Shanghai. Over dinner at a modern Shanghainese restaurant, they discussed the challenges of finding a job. Gu plans to do management consulting, a job she got through her father’s connections, but she said: “I want a better job. The competition here is very severe.” Xia recently moved from New York to Shanghai to start a creative design firm. “Five to ten years ago, not that many people had studied in the U.S,” said Xia, who graduated with a computer science degree. “You were more valuable.” (Michael Tercha / Chicago Tribune)