In order to actively promote increased cooperation between Sichuan University and higher education institutions in the UK and encourage international talent recruitment, Chairman of the University Council of SCU, Professor Wang Jianguo, led a special delegation to the UK from June 8th to 12th to conduct a series of promotional events: the delegation held meetings with SCU’s important cooperative partners in the UK; visited different universities, including Cambridge University and Queen Mary University of London; participated in a job fair organized by the Sichuan Provincial Government; and met with representatives of SCU’s alumni, faculty and students residing in the UK.
On the morning of June 10th, delegates met at the Education Department of the Chinese Embassy in London for a special meeting with SCU’s main cooperative partners in the UK. Attending the discussions on cooperation and development were 30 representatives from the University of Cambridge; the University of Oxford; Imperial College London; Queen Mary University of London; Royal Holloway, University of London; the University of Birmingham; the SCU UK Alumni Club; and the Association for Sichuan Expatriates in the UK. Wang Yongli of the Chinese Embassy’s Education Department and Huang Jianfa, Member of the Standing Committee of Sichuan Provincial Committee, jointly chaired the meeting, taking in the ideas and proposals put forward by the attending scholars and experts.
Wang Jianguo introduced some of the noteworthy developments at SCU over the past years; SCU’s cooperation with higher education institutions in the UK has witnessed substantial results while forging stronger ties between China and the UK in the area of educational and cultural relations. Wang hopes that both sides will take full advantage of this “golden age” in Sino-British relations to reinforce their fruitful cooperation.
Scholars and experts of the various institutions represented and addressed the meeting in turn, summing up their respective experiences in cooperating with Sichuan University and discussing topics such as Sino-British faculty exchanges and attracting outstanding talents to help promote “dual world-class” (shuang yiliu) university construction at SCU.
On the afternoon of June 10th, the Sichuan Province European Promotional Event and Job Fair was held in London, which drew over 400 experts from top universities and research institutions across Europe, including the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and others. Professor Wang Jianguo gave a promotional talk, inviting leading scholars to come to Sichuan University and help contribute to development, innovation at progress. Dozens of promising young scholars expressed their interest in working at SCU while 10 Distinguished Young Scholars enrolled in the “Thousand Talents Program” signed agreements on the spot.
On June 11th, the delegation left for Cambridge, where they met with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Cambridge, Professor Chris Abell. The two sides swapped ideas on how to further improve their working relationship and discussed how best to develop cooperation in areas of common strengths. Proposals were put forward to increase exchanges between the two universities, build upon and expand existing channels of cooperation, and work on joint projects in medical education.
Following the meeting, Wang Jianguo participated in the “Cambridge-SCU Deep Underground Science Joint Research Planning Meeting.” Simon Redfern, Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, chaired the meeting; Professor David Cardwell, University of Cambridge Pro-Vice-Chancellor-elect, Head of the Department of Engineering, and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, also joined the talks. The two sides discussed in-depth plans for the joint Earth Science Research Center and talked about branching out into new fields of cooperation, joint scientific ventures, Sino-British student and faculty exchanges, and professional skills development, among other topics. SCU’s College of Hydraulic and Hydra-electric Engineering and Cambridge’s Earth Sciences Center singed a memorandum of understanding pertaining to their planned cooperation. It is hoped that the various joint projects undertaken between SCU and the University of Cambridge will not only promote scientific proliferation within the two universities, but serve development goals on a much wider scale in both countries, and beyond.
At the invitation of Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal at Queen Mary University of London, the delegates also visited that university, where they met with President Baily and Vice-Principals Colin Grant and Steve Thornton. While SCU and Queen Mary already enjoy a strong working relationship, Wang Jianguo pointed out that the two sides hope to expand their cooperation. Both universities were introduced in terms of the academic strengths and current state of internationalization at each, and a brief history of their cooperation was outlined; the two sides hope to expand student and faculty exchanges, joint education programs, and scientific collaboration, particularly as concerns cooperation in the areas of clinical medicine and stomatology. A satisfactory consensus was reached on the projected goals of the partnership.