On May 31st, Jim Mullinax, Consul General of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, paid a visit to Sichuan University, where he was met by SCU President Li Yanrong. Vice President Yan Shijing and relevant personnel joined their meeting.
After offering a brief overview of the current state of Sichuan University, President Li Yanrong emphasized the importance SCU attached to its international partnerships and exchanges: over the past few years, much has been done to expand relations with academic institutions around the world, strengthen existing partnerships, and continue to seek out high-level cooperation in scientific work and educational exchanges. To date, SCU has established 250 solid partnerships with universities and research institutions in 34 countries and regions worldwide, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Washington State University, the University of California, Berkeley, and other top institutions in the US. Li explained that SCU encourages its students to study abroad, especially at internationally leading universities, and is committed to educating well-rounded graduates with broad vision and an intricate understanding of global structures and the world beyond their own familiar surroundings. Sichuan University will continue to expand its scope of cooperation with prominent universities in the US and solidify its existing partnerships. Li looks forward to working with Jim Mullinax to jointly promote Sino-US relations in the areas of scientific collaboration and academic exchanges.
The Consul General thanked his hosts for the kind welcome at Sichuan University. Every time he flies into Chengdu, he remarked, he notices the city’s relentless development: SCU, too, is rapidly developing in terms of scientific and technological innovation, in education, and in its high-level international exchanges, all of which have earned the university solid achievements in recent years. Mullinax acknowledged SCU’s standing as one of China’s leading universities, a forerunner in comprehensive higher education and scientific research. He hopes that Sichuan University will continue to develop its academic strengths and engage in wider and deeper cooperation and exchange with US higher education institutions.