A high-ranking Chinese official is in Chicago to help promote cooperation between U.S. and Chinese universities.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong joined university presidents from both countries Monday for a round-table at the University of Chicago.
She says China is committed to widespread institutional reforms in areas like the economy and environmental oversight -- and higher education partnerships are an important component.
She also says the exchange of students and teachers between the countries can lead to solutions for such global challenges as security, climate change, diseases and poverty.
President Obama four years ago announced the 100,000 Strong Initiative to send American students to China for study and cultural exchanges.
The vice premier and Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday will co-chair the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange.