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British Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward visits UESTC

published: 2015-11-19 10:24:00       hits: 

On November 19th, British Ambassador to ChinaBarbara Woodward visited UESTC. Chairman of UESTC UniversityCouncil and director of the school committee Wang Zhiqiang together with Xiong Caidong, the vice president, extended a warm reception to the distinguished guests. Both sides agreed that it is high time to promote communication and cooperation between UESTC and British universities as well as British scientificresearchinstitutes in the golden time of Sino-British relations.

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Wang Zhiqiang expressed his sincere welcome to the visit of Barbara Woodward. He also introduced the history of development, talents training and international cooperation of UESTC and so on. He said:” As a key university of China’s ‘Project 985’ and ‘Project 211’, our school spares no effort to push forward three strategies in recent years. They are ‘strengtheninguniversitybytalents’, ‘Expanding disciplines’ and ‘internationalization’. Meanwhile, we are striving to complete the building of a word-class university with advancedworldlevel in the field of electronic information. UESTC has carried out student exchange project and joint training programs with elite universities in Britain such as UniversityofGlasgow, Cardiff University and University of Strathclyde and so on. Among them UoG-UESTC Joint School runs quiet well and receives widely praise from society. Educational department also speaks highly of it.” Wang Zhiqiang pointed out that UESTC is willing to further strengthen communication and cooperation of multi-level and high standard with British universities and research institutes in the golden time of the UK-Chinarelations. 

Ambassador Barbara Woodward believes that government, business and education are the three important aspects for the promotion of bilateral relations. She especially hopes that the relationship between the two countries will get closer and friendlier by educational communication and cooperation, which in return drives the development of economy and culture. Ms. Woodward appreciated the effective cooperation between UESTC and British universities. As an ambassador to China, she said, UESTC was her first choice upon arrival Chengdu, and the beautiful campus, the friendly atmosphere and the vigorous students all left a deep impression on her. Ms. Woodward expected that UESTC will play a greater role in the cultural and educational cooperation between the two countries.

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After the meeting, Ms. Woodward delivered a speech entitled “’Golden time’ for China-UK relations: working together to build a green and low-carbon future”.

Barbara Woodward happily recalled her sweet memories when she came to China for the first time as an English teacher in 1984. She felt quiet close and cordial to communicate with teachers and students of UESTC. She also mentioned that China-UK relationship entered into an unprecedented “golden time” in 2015, during which many British politicians, members of the British royal family visited China, including the Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William and so on. Meanwhile, many Chinese leaders like President Xi Jinping and the vice-premier of the State Council Liu Yandong visited Britain too. China and Britain kept close interaction. Besides, various forms of non-governmental exchanges were also very active.

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Barbara Woodward put forward three characteristics of the ‘golden time’ of China-UK relationship. First one is openness. China’s implementation of reform and opening-up for about three decades boosted the overall national strength. Britain is always famous for its openness and inclusiveness, and one good example is the nuclear energy cooperation between China and the UK. Secondly, the two countries share similar ideas in planning their future development. Both sides are committed to developing clean energy, science and high technology, as Britain is one of the birthplaces of world industry, and China is currently the largest manufacturing center in the whole world. The third one is working together to cope with global issues and challenges.

What does the green and low-carbon future mean to us? And what should we do? “It is our responsibility to popularize the use of clean energy and lead a low-carbon life, in order to create a better and healthier future for our offspring”, Ambassador Woodward advocated, “as it is closely related to each of us”. She also held that government, enterprises and citizens should all make their own contribution to build a green and environmentally friendly world.

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