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SCNN Delegation Visits UESTC

published: 2012-04-16 12:52:21       hits: 

On April 3,  a delegation from Newport News City, Virginia, USA, a sister city to Sichuan Province, came to visit UESTC and was received by Vice-president Wang Houjun.

Wang Houjun expressed warm welcome to the visiting delegation on behalf of the university, saying that he hoped to substantive cooperation in areas of mutual concern between both sides on the basis of better mutual understanding. He gave the guests a brief introduction to UESTC’s historical development and future prospect. In the past five decades, he said, UESTC had gained substantial influence at home and abroad with its unique features, and in the current situation, the university had been trying to adjust its developmental strastegies to give fuller play to its features in meeting the changing demands of Chinese society, shifting from the mode of extensive development to the mode of intensive development. He pointed out that one of the major concerns for UESTC at present was internationalization, which required the university to strrngthen ties with top-class universities in the world in order to raise its own eduactional standards. He expressed his eagerness to see cooperation with American prestigious universities in education, faculty training and research. Finally, he wished the delegation a successful and fruitful visit to Sichuan.

UESTC Prof. Liu Shenggang, member of Chinese Academy of Science, was present at the interview, where he recalled the happy moments he spent in the USA when he was doing his studies and research there. He expressed his willingness to help through his own streneous efforts to promote cooperations between UESTC and Americanin institutions of higher learning.

Ms. Sharon Scott, head of the delegation and member of the City Council of Newport News City, showed gratitudes to UESTC's warm hospitality. She gave a brief account for the basic conditions of her city and expressed her wish to gain some good understanding of Sichuan Province through her visit here, hoping to push the bilateral cooperation to the fullest possible scale. She also talked about the deep impression UESTC's beautiful campuses and advanced education concepts had given her, saying that she hoped to intensify efforts to cooperate with UESTC in the area of higher education.

Mr. Al Riutort, Sister Cities of Newport News Board (SCNN) president and professor of Old Dominion University, exchanged his views at lenghth with the hosts on joint education programs, ending in a tentative agreement between the two sides.