For more than twenty years, Saint Martin's University has actively engaged in programs and partnerships with China. Saint Martin's has sent delegates to China and hosted Chinese relations conferences here. Saint Martin's currently maintains sister university agreements with four universities in China: Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Inner Mongolia University and North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering.

Timeline

1997
Josephine Yung, Vice President of International Programs and Development, first went to China as a delegation member of the Washington State Governor Gary Locke’s International Trade Mission to China.

2001
Saint Martin’s and Shanghai Maritime University signed a sister-university agreement and entered into a partnership of the International Business and Accounting program.

2002
Saint Martin’s and Shanghai Maritime University started the annual faculty and student cultural exchange program.

2004
Saint Martin's organized a China Conference entitled “The Timing is Right: Doing Business with China” on April 9, 2004. Keynote speakers: Hon. Gary Locke, Governor of Washington State; Hon. Peng Keyu, Ambassador, Consul General of PRC in S.F.

2006
In partnership with the Thurston Economic Development Council, Saint Martin’s led a “Business to Business Trade Delegation to China”,  on March 3-12, 2006.
Saint Martin’s University organized its first annual Dragon Boat Festival on May 6, 2006. Shanghai Maritime University and Wuhan University of Science & Technology sent their Dragon Boat teams to participate in the dragon boat race.

2008
Saint Martin’s University and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine signed a sister-university agreement.

2013
Saint Martin’s University and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine organized the "Traditional Chinese Medicine Exhibit" at Saint Martin’s University. Close to 1,000 people attended the Exhibit.
Saint Martin’s University and Inner Mongolia University signed a sister-university agreement and entered into a joint partnership of International Business and Accounting program.

2014
Inner Mongolia University of Science & Technology sent its faculty to Saint Martin’s University for a summer teacher training program.
Bei Cai High School in Shanghai started sending its faculty and students to Saint Martin’s University to attend the annual summer cultural exchange program.

2015
Saint Martin’s University and North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering signed a sister-university agreement and entered into a joint program partnership of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.

2016
Saint Martin’s University celebrated its 10th annual Dragon Boat Festival on April 25, 2016. Shanghai Maritime University and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine sent their Dragon Boat teams to participate in the 10th Anniversary race.

2017
The Saint Martin's Gala Event highlights the 20 years of relationship swith China. 
Concurrent to the Gala, on Nov 3-4, 2017, Saint Martin's will host the “Global Education and International Exchange Symposium” and a signing ceremony between Saint Martin’s University and its Chinese sister universities will be held.
Dignitaries attending the Gala and the symposium include the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in S. F.