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UESTC Delegation Visited American and Canadian Universities

published: 2016-10-21 09:32:52       hits: 

No sooner did UESTC’s 60th anniversary successfully completed than the delegation headed by President Li Yanrong set off on 6th October to visit 6 American universities and Canadian middle-western universities until 14th. During this journey, they have discussed the establishment of overseas talents cultivation base, the promotion of creative talents education through university and enterprise cooperation mode, the transformation of scientific and technological research fruits and other projects together with leaders and professors of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and at Andiel, Northwestern University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Stanford University and University of British Columbia; meanwhile, they have met UESTC alumni in Detroit, Silicon Valley and Vancouver.

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On the morning of 7th October, UESTC delegation headed by Li Yanrong had a face-to-face meeting with the President of UMD Daniel Little, Director of China Affairs Prof. Chen Yubao, President’s international affairs assistant Monica Porter, Director of faculty of engineering and other leaders. Both presidents reviewed the first five-year cooperation education and signed an agreement of the second five-year 3+2 project. Leaders from both universities were highly consistent with the direction of future cooperation and agreed to make the best of UMD’s System Engineering professionals and its unique education mode as well as the abundant resources of Detroit’s advanced vehicle design, research and development, and manufacture, especially the natural relation with University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and with representative companies such as Ford in American automobile industry centered in Detroit, which all will enlarge the scale of joint education between these two universities and promote summer vacation short-term exchanges and internship projects so as to broaden students’ global perspectives.

During this visit, UESTC delegation had a view of UMD’s industry system opening laboratory and held a symposium with UESTC’s distinguished alumni and UMD’s professor Xiang Weidong and students of 3+2 project.

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On the afternoon of 7th October, UESTC delegation had a meeting with Jack Hu, vice-president of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor who charges scientific research, and Ni Jun, Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu sponsorship science professor of engineering college; altogether they discussed university’s scientific research mechanism, general education, personnel administration and other issues, especially the way to guide future development strategy and goal of world first-class university. The delegation visited the “WuMRC: S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center” which made a huge contribution to Sine-American talents cultivation and subjects establishment, and probed into issues related to overseas talents cultivation base.

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On 8th October, the delegation came to the Northwestern University along the Michigan river and visited the world renowned Material College and Nano Research Center under the guide of UESTC’s “thousand youth” expert project professor Kang Yijin; and paid a respect to 2016 Nobel Chemical Prize winner professor Sir Rraser Stoddart for his outstanding contribution to the molecular machine design and synthesis field and visited his laboratory. Professor Stoddart encouraged youth to be persistent in their journey in pursuit of science and to enjoy the joy of doing scientific research as well.

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On 10th October, the delegation visited University of California at Santa Barbara(UCSB), and had a meeting with President Henry T. Yang, UESTC’s honorary professor and 2014 Nobel Physics Winner Prof. Shuji Nakamura. President Yang shared his experience of introducing advanced talents into UCSB, his view on issues such as the development of higher education in the 21st century and the innovation cooperation between university and industry. In the same day, the delegation had a symposium with Pierre Wiltzius( Dean of UCSB’s Liberal Arts College), Ram Seshadri( Dean of Engineering College), and Michael Brown (Dean of Continuing Education College). They explored in depth the education mode of liberal studies, faculty and student exchange scale in the future and the launch of scientific research cooperation. Under the accompany of professor Shuji Nakamura, UESTC delegation visited solid state lighting and energy electronic centers, and material research laboratory and ultra-clean chamber only accessible to UCSB and Santa Barbara enterprises, and they were informed of the operation mode of opening laboratory.

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On 11th October, in the company of professor Xu Niangcheng (UESTC’s alumni and once guest professor Stanford University) and professor Xiang Yong (doing cooperation research in Stanford University), UESTC delegation visited the laboratory of Professor BaoZhenan who won the Science journal’s 2015 top ten scientific figures, and visited Cun Yi Material Research Center. Professor Cui Yi introduced the innovative talents cultivation mechanism of Stanford University and main research of applying nano technology into battery design in recent years. Professor Cui Yi’s study was awarded by Scientific American as 2014 “ten ideas that change the world”, and was given lengthy feature report in Science on May, 2016. UESTC delegation was deeply impressed by free and energetic intellectual tmosphere, liberal education and management, academic study and industry innovation mechanism.

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In that afternoon, the delegation visited world renowned Internet enterprise Facebook where dozens of UESTC’s alumni work, and the delegation also had an understanding of its management, talents on demand, talents employment pattern and the working state of alumni.

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On 12th October, the delegation visited the University of British Columbia (UBC) at Vancouver accompanied by UESTC’s alumni Li Xiaobai and Chen Youping. Together with Marc Parlange (Dean of Applied Science College), academicians of Canadian Engineering Academy, IEEE Fellow and professor Andre Ivanow (chief member of UBC council), and Adel El Zaim (Dean who is in charge of scientific technology and International Cooperation), they discussed how to expand exchanges and cooperation on the base of former professors exchange program and students’ international classes in summer vacation, especially enhancing cooperation on the mutually beneficiary key fields such as biological medicine, informational medicine, nerve and brain sciences, and the nurture of leadership ability for engineering students. Leaders of both universities agreed to initiate a mechanism of high level exchange visits in order to discuss the future cooperation of running the university and increase the possibility of establishing research center.\

During this journey, the delegation met many alumni in Detroit, San Francisco and Vancouver. On behalf of UESTC, President Li Yanrong extended his appreciation to all alumni who care deeply about the development of their Alma Mater as well as make a great job overseas to add luster to UESTC. In the symposium, alumni talked freely and merrily to their hearts about the development of UESTC over the 60 years, and had a hot discussion about the just finished 60th anniversary celebration which they all agreed that it has enhanced the cohesion among the alumni over the world and all felt proud of their Alma Mater; finally, they all wish UESCT a more brilliant development in the next 60 years and show their willingness to contribute to the international development of UESTC.

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Translator: Luo Ting