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Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 12:03 p.m.

University of Michigan presence growing on Chinese social networking website Weibo

By Kellie Woodhouse


Screenshot of U-M's Weibo page.

University of Michigan is growing its presence on the Chinese social media website Sina Weibo.

The school has more than 5,000 followers on its Weibo account, according to an Inside Higher Ed article.

That's an increase from the 1,300 U-M followers reported by the alumni association in April 2012.

As U-M has increased its presence on the microblogging website, which is the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, a reception in Shanghai for admitted students and their families has grown from the typical 80 attendees to 200 attendees last year.

In a November interview with, former U-M social media director Jordan Miller said U-M ranks as the No. 1 Western university on Weibo.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 11:40 p.m.

Welcome to Michigan: What are they sharing on this website? I am always curious to know as to how the youth of China respond to the realities of the world. In most recent times, nearly one hundred young Tibetan men and women have killed themselves demanding the return of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Tibet. How do these young Chinese college students react and respond to such stories?


Tue, Jan 29, 2013 : 3:26 a.m.

Can we, in Ann Arbor, access the Chinese website? While I cannot read the Hanzi, I would like to view the pictures of our campus. Does have a Link?

Dog Guy

Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

In the 1960's I signed up for several U. of M. Sinology courses taught by Jimmy Crump both because Waterman Gym registration was crazy and because I thought it would be fun to learn about sin. In addition to learning a bit about Chinese languages and cultures, I also learned a thousand pages about sin while reading Jin Ping Mei. I hope that the Chinese social media website Sina Weibo is as much fun for students today as Professor Crump was.