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Chairman of G-MEO Dr. David C. Chang Visited UESTC

published: 2016-04-22 14:14:00       hits: 

On April 21, a delegation led by Dr. David C. Chang, Chairman of Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. (G-MEO), former President of Polytechnic University of New York, and Chancellor of NYU-Poly visited UESTC. Prof. Li Yanrong, President of UESTC and Prof. Shen Xiaorong, Deputy Party Secretary of UESTC met the guests on Qingshuihe Campus.\

Prof. Li Yanrong extended a warm welcome to the delegation and introduced our university’s progress in areas like talent cultivation, international cooperation. He said that in recent years, the principle of “elite cultivation” has been upheld in UESTC, and the all-round reform of undergraduate education has been fully propelled, among which a broad vision is particularly emphasized, for it helps young students grow up, and it partly determines their future path. The University has made great efforts on helping students broaden their horizon in recent years, and is committed to providing students with more opportunities for furthering their study abroad. Prof. Li Yanrong hoped the cooperation between the two parties could be strengthened, especially in the areas of international faculty attraction, summer program developing and international communication fostering, etc., for the purpose of cultivating more talents with broader vision.                                    

Dr. David C. Chang spoke highly of the principle UESTC adheres to in talent cultivation, as well as international cooperation and exchange. Then he introduced the development of G-MEO, and expressed his keenness on expanding cooperation in American students’ engineering course learning in UESTC, and international teachers’ teaching in UESTC, etc.            

Prof. Shen Xiaorong expressed her gratitude to Dr. David C. Chang for his contributions to Sino-American university cooperation, and student cultivation and exchange. She said that UESTC would make detailed plan for international teachers’ and students’ visit in UESTC, creating an atmosphere of globalization, internationalization, and multi-culture for young people from both countries to enhance mutual understanding, broaden their vision, and promote their capabilities.                   

It is reported that, the cooperation between the two parties was launched in 2015, mainly concerning student exchange programs. These programs include: UESTC students in the “American University -- G-MEO Summer Study Tour” in the US, for leadership training; American students in summer schools in China.

Relevant directors from Office of International Cooperation & Exchange attended the meeting. \

After the meeting, Dr. David C. Chang delivered a speech -- the Role of Higher Education in Innovation - Based Economy -- on Chengdian Forum. He started with the influence of ICT to the world, the new economy in the rapid growth of central cities worldwide, and the mushrooming innovative districts. Then he conducted in-depth analyses on “how can universities meet the demands of innovation-based economy”--start-up businesses and regional economy development should be highly valued, and development strategies, the form and content of curricula should be readjusted and innovated to nurture teachers’ and students’ spirit and style of innovation and start-up. Combining examples, he pointed out that “higher education, esp. top universities like UESTC, ought to play a significant role during regional economic development.”

Translator: Fang Fang