Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science Visits SUSTech

Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science Visits SUSTech

Mar 4, 2017 Latest

On March 1st, Marc Parlange, Dean of Faculty of Applied Science of the University of British Columbia visited SUSTech. President CHEN Shiyi, Vice President TANG Tao, and Chief Operating Officer LU Chun extended their welcome and held discussions with the visitors.

President CHEN looked back on the friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two universities, including his visit to UBC last December. He also acknowledged the close relationship and hopes to promote the partnership through academic exchanges in the future.

The two sides discussed various international education programs such as joint research, PhD student joint nurturing and overseas campus construction. With the mutual understanding to deepen collaboration achieved in the talk, we look forward to a long lasting friendship with UBC.

Fraser Forbes, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta Canada visits SUSTech

Fraser Forbes, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta Canada visits SUSTech

Mar 23, 2017 Latest

On March 21st, 2017, the University of Alberta's Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Dr. Fraser Forbes came to visit SUSTech. He was joined by Vice President Tang Tao and other guests for discussions.

Dr Fraser Forbes from University of Alberta Visits SUSTech

Exchanges between university representatives

Professor Tang welcomed Dr. Fraser Forbes to the university campus and introduced him to the teaching and research facilities, students and teachers and expressed his hope that such visits can sow the seeds for future exchanges and bilateral collaborations between the two institutions.

Dr Fraser Forbes meets Dr Tang Tao fom SUSTech

SUSTech Vice-President Tang Tao

Dr Fraser Forbes Visits Sustech University

Dr. Fraser Forbes

Discussions centred around joint research projects, joint training for PhD students, exchange programs for undergraduates and various other areas where collaboration would create a synergy. Dr Fraser Forbes was accompanied by the Vice-President of the Department Ying Tsui, as well as the Director of the Nanofabrication and Characterization Facility Dr. Eric Flaim. Professor Xu Zhenghe, Dean of the College of Engineering at SUSTech and a former faculty member at Alberta was also present for the discussions.

The University of Alberta is located in the state capital of Edmonton and was founded in 1908. Along with the University of Toronto, the McGill University, and the British Columbia University it ranks in the top 5 education institutions of Canada and in the world's top 100. It is a founding member of the Canadian U15 University Alliance and a member of the World University Coalition. A number of Royal Society members have passed through the university, and it ranks 5th in the application of US patent, and also ranks 5th in terms of total funding for scientific research making it one of the leading science and technology institutions in the world.

SUSTech to host 2018 THE Asia Universities Summit

SUSTech to host 2018 THE Asia Universities Summit

Mar 22, 2017 Latest

On the 14th of March 2017, the London-based Times Higher Education magazine invited SUSTech's president Chen Shiyi as well as Associate Vice President for International Affairs and Chief Operating Officer Lu Chun who went on behalf of Professor Chen and SUSTech to the 2017 Times Higher Education Asian University Summit held in Ulsan, South Korea. President Chen was unable to attend as he was participating in the National Party Congress in Beijing which was held at the same dates, however Lu Chen presented a video introduction of Professor Chen in which he cordially greeted the audience, and announced that the 2018 edition of the summit will be held here at SUSTech in Shenzhen, the first in Mainland China.

Lu Chun introduced SUSTech

At the closing ceremony of the 16th Summit Lu Chun extended his greetings to the rest of the guests and thanked them for their involvement in the 2017 edition. He said he looked forward to receiving them in 2018 at SUSTech to attend the next summit and introduce SUSTech and the city of Shenzhen. This was an opportunity to present the university to education industry leaders and media.

President of Ulsan University Yeon Cheon Oh, THE editor Phil Baty and SUSTech's Lu Chun

The 2018 Times Higher Education summit for Asian Universities will be for the first time held in mainland China right here at SUSTech from the 5th to the 7th of February 2018. Building on the success of the summits at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2016 and Ulsan University in South Korea in 2017, next year's gathering will bring together higher education sector leaders, policy makers, inspiring academics and industry representatives to China. The event will attract a wide range of scholars and leaders from the educational sector from all over the world, as well as political, cultural and social figures, a significant place in the international spotlight for SUSTech.

Times Higher Education is a London-based education magazine published weekly. They publish the Times Higher Education World University Ranking which is recognised by the international public opinion. They hold a main global summit, as well as various regional ones, during which crucial topics are discussed such as education, research and innovation, as well as exchanges on common issues that the industry faces.

This year's summit attracted more than 220 delegates from 86 colleges and universities in 24 countries. The summit focused on the relationship between industry, academia and research, the fourth industrial revolution, university governance, innovation and cooperation, business practice, university rankings and its role in university research teaching, collaboration and other topics. The insitute also released the 2017 Times Asian University ranking.

SUSTech Welcomes Thurston Economic Development Board delegation from the USA

SUSTech Welcomes Thurston Economic Development Board delegation from the USA

Mar 28, 2017 Latest

On March 25th, a delegation from the Thurston Economic Development Council came to visit SUSTech and was greeted by Professor Hou Shengtao, Dean of the International Cooperation Department of SUSTech. Both parties used the opportunity to underline the importance of maintaining close cooperation and exchanges.

Professor Hou introduced the delegation to SUSTech's facilities and structure, from how the university is operated to the personnel training, the scientific research and the innovation and entrepreneurship focused spirit. He also explained how the city of Shenzhen builds close ties with SUSTech and vice-versa in a mutually beneficial relationship.

The delegation expressed it's strong desire to build closer ties with the university, particularly in the domain of offering overseas internships to the students and pooling resources, because it believes the training and development here at SUSTech, and to a wider extent, in the city of Shenzhen, has big potential for the global industry.

The delegation was composed of Executive Director Michael Cade, Board Chairman Perry Shea, Mayor of Aberdeen, Washington Erik Larson, Director of International Relations of Evergreen State College David McCavity, and Professor of Economics of the University of Saint Martin's Professor Riley Moore.

Contributed by: Department of International Relations. Edited by: Jeremy Welburn

Korean Universities Delegation visits SUSTech

Korean Universities Delegation visits SUSTech

Apr 11, 2017 Latest

On April 7th 2017, a delegation of Korean universities was invited to visit SUSTech. The purpose of the visit was to share and exchange ideas on practical problems such as student start-up companies, entrepreneurship education and the combination of production, teaching and research in colleges and universities. The delegation was composed of representatives for leading universities in Korea, including:

- Heekyung Park, Vice President of Scientific Research of the Korea Science and Technology Institute

- Doh-Yeon Kim, President of Pohang University of Technology

- Wan Kyun Chung, Vice President of Scientific and Industrial Affairs

- Seong Jin Park, Vice President of Industry and Academic Affairs

- Yong-Hak Kim, Yonsei University President

- Moon Gun Choi Vice President of Research, as well as a number of other key figures.

Exchanging ideas

Vice President of International Affairs Associate Professor Lu Chun and Professor of the Department of Chemistry Liu Ke, Director of Materials Science and Engineering Department Cheng Xin, Director of Mechanical and Energy Engineering Department Rong Yiming, Computer Science and Deputy director of the project Hao Qi and other SUSTech leading members joined the delegation to participate in the talks. Also attending the meeting were representatives from the Innovative Entrepreneurship Institute, the Department of International Cooperation, and a number of Korean scholars from SUSTech.

SUSTech President Chen Shiyi

Professor Chen welcomed to the delegation visit and hoped they were find it as pleasant as he did his visit of the University of Science and Technology in Pohang. He was followed by Professor Tang Tao who introduced the scientific research strength, cooperation and joint training of the school. Lu Chun then made a comprehensive introduction of SUSTech, highlighting the close relationship the university maintains with the city of Shenzhen and the economic industry, as well as the school's course programs, faculty members, and international development plans.

For many members of the delegation, it wasn't just a first-time visit to SUSTech, but to the city of Shenzhen. They were impressed by the phenomenal social and economic development of the city, and even more so by SUSTech's development, and were charmed by the natural campus surroundings. Hoping to build closer ties between Korean educational institutions and SUSTech, Don-Yeon Kim, president of Pohang University of Technology, said: "To travel fast, one travels alone; but to travel far, we travel together” and said he welcomed future exchanges and partnerships between SUSTech and Korean universities and professors. The visit continued with a presentation on the university's campus model.

Related Background:

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), built in 1971, is a public research university specialised in natural science, life sciences and bioengineering, engineering, arts and culture and business. The university not only undertakes national research projects, but also works jointly with major companies on development projects such as Samsung, LG and many other industry leaders.

Pohang University of Science and Technology (often referred to as POSTECH) was founded in 1986, and is South Korea's first research-oriented university. It has now developed into one of the world's leading research-oriented science and technology universities, and one of South Korea's most dynamic engineering center. The school has the only national Accelerator Laboratory and Biotechnology Research Center, the National Nano Materials Research Center, South Korea Intelligent Robot and Fusion Technology Research Center and is home to many other of the country's top research centers.

Seoul National University, formerly known as the National University of Seoul is recognized as the highest institution in Korea. It was founded by the Japanese in 1924 under the name Imperial University and in 1946 was renamed Seoul University by the Republic of Korea's government. The university is a member of the Asian University Alliance, the Pacific Rim Union, the East Asia Four University Forum and the East Asian Research University Association.

Yonsei University is a Christian private research-based comprehensive university, founded in 1885. It is one of the oldest universities in Korea and was ranked second in Korea's top universities.

Contributed by: Global Engagement Department

Edited by: Jeremy Welburn

Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Dean Andrew Moore visits SUSTech

Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Dean Andrew Moore visits SUSTech

Apr 19, 2017 Latest

Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science Dean Andrew Moore and his entourage recently came to visit SUSTech. President Chen Shiyi welcomed the guests and accompanied them on a tour of the facilities.

Professor Chen meets with Andrew Moore and his team

The delegation visited the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Professor Yao Xin – Chair professor of the department – introduced the faculty, research programs and teaching status, undergraduate and postgraduate training and so on to the visitors.

On the site of the meeting

Both parties discussed future cooperation between doctoral students, the possibility of exchanges of undergraduates and visiting scholars and many more key areas where they would like to build closer links. The two sides underlined their hope to strengthen their understanding and exchange and establish a close cooperation.

Professor Moore was accompanied by various key faculty members, including Dr. Philip Lehman, Associate Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mimi Fairman, Director of International Development.

Background information

Carnegie Mellon University – based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – was founded in 1900, and is a world-renowned private research university. It has the world's top computer academy, and its computer science professionals rank among the world's very best, ranking on the same level as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University in 2016 – 2017, according to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Overall Carnegie Mellon University ranked 23rd, of which the computer professional ranked sixth in the world.

Contribution: Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Edited by: Jeremy Welburn

SUSTech signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Jagiellonian University, Poland

SUSTech signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Jagiellonian University, Poland

Apr 28, 2017 Latest

On April 25th 2017, SUSTech Vice-President Tang Tao signed a memorandum of cooperation with Adam W. Jelonek from the International Affairs of Jagiellonian University based in Krakow, Poland. The two sides committed to build closer relationships in the forms of student exchanges, cooperative research, joint training and in various other areas.

Talk to the scene

Before the signing ceremony, the two sides held talks. Tang Tao accompanied the delegation on a visit and introduced the characteristics and development of SUSTech. He said that Poland has a long tradition of scientific research, producing revolutionary scientists such as Copernicus, Marie Curie and other individuals who would shape the history and scientific knowledge of mankind. Jagiellonian University is one of the oldest universities in Europe and Poland's most reputable, with a very strong college system and internationalization process, and with 600 years of history and experience, it will be an ideal partner for SUSTech to grow with.

Adam W. Jelonek introduced the Jagiellonian University, explaining how it was founded in the Middle Ages, and how with the re-industrialization of Poland, it played a major role in developing cutting-edge scientific research and education. Currently, Jagiellonian University has been ranked as a top level institute in Europe in biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology and various other fields. He concluded by saying: " Jagiellonian University is located in the ancient and beautiful city of Krakow, and with open arms, we welcome exchanges and visits from students and staff”.

According to the memorandum of cooperation, both parties will make the most use of their respective characteristics and complementarity, and actively explore and carry out cooperation and exchanges between the two universities, especially in biology and chemistry studies.

Representatives and professors of the Department of Global Engagement, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology attended the talks and signed the agreements.

Jagiellonian University background:

Jagiellonian University was founded in 1364 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. As the alma mater of the famous astronomer Copernicus, the teaching and research level of the Jagiellonian University ranks among the best in Europe, and is Poland's most important comprehensive research university, ranked 75 among the top comprehensive institutions of higher education. It is informally known among the Chinese academic circles as Poland's "Tsinghua University". In Poland, the Jagiellonian University has the largest number of professors with average academic publications and the highest professors average academic publication cited rates.

Contribution: Department of Global Engagement

Edited by: Jeremy Welburn

President Chen Shiyi visits Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to discuss joint projects

President Chen Shiyi visits Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to discuss joint projects

May 4, 2017 Latest

On April 27th 2017, President Chen made a formal visit to the Columbia University, and was warmly welcomed by the institution's leadership. Columbia University Dean John Coatsworth, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Mary Boyce, Executive Vice President Shifu Chang, Director of Biomedical Engineering Andrew Laine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering Guo Xiangdong and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering attended the meeting to hold discussions. Vice President Wu Chuanyue, and Associate Vice President, International Affairs and Chief Operating Officer Lu Chun accompanied the President to participate in the visit.

Chen Shiyi was presented souvenirs from John Coatsworth

Coatsworth extended a warm welcome to Chen Shiyi and gave a brief overview of Columbia University's present situation. Coatsworth highly appreciated SUSTech's philosophy, development and vision, and said he was impressed with the remarkable achievements the university made in just a few years. He expressed his appreciation for the two universities' joint work projects in the field of biomedical engineering, and expressed support for deeper relationships. He said he hoped that working alongside SUSTech will spark innovation and progress in research and bear fruitful results.

Chen Shiyi then took over to give an introduction about SUSTech and the city of Shenzhen, and said that collaborative research projects in biomedical engineering would be very promising, to explore medical and engineering research and education projects, joint training and undergraduate collaborations in international education programs.

During the talks, Coatsworth accepted the invitation of President Chen to a second visit to SUSTech to further discuss the projects' implementation between the two universities.

President Chen Shiyi takes a photo with Dean John Coatsworth and Dean Mary Boyce

During the visit, the delegation met with Mary Boyce, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, ShiFu Chang, Executive Vice President of the Faculty of Engineering, and Andrew Laine, Director of Biomedical Engineering. Together they held talks on cooperating in engineering, medical research, as well as in the undergraduates' training and international education projects and other issues in a series of in-depth exchanges.

In-depth discussions

Later in the day the delegation visited the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Science and Technology of Columbia University, where they held talks on the overall situation of scientific research and education.

The Chair Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Columbia

On April 28th 2017, following up on the invitation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), President Chen made a formal visit to the Institute. MIT attached great importance to the delegation's visit, with the welcome of Dean Martin Schmidt, vice president of international affairs Richard Lester, Dean of the Institute of Technology Ian Waitz, director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Chen Gang and director of resource development Liu Zhenli all present to hold discussions with the SUSTech delegation. Associate Vice President of International Affairs Lu Chun and Dean of Engineering Xu Zheng accompanied President Chen to attend the meeting and discussion.

The delegation takes photos with Martin Schmidt, Richard Lester and Chen Gang

Schmidt was the first to welcome President Chen's visit. He said that MIT attaches great importance to building closer relationships with mainland Chinese universities with the goal of joint research collaborations in many fields. Schmidt mentioned that in January 2017 he visited Shenzhen and was very impressed by the city and by SUSTech. He said that Shenzhen's economic and social structures are developing rapidly. Shenzhen attaches great importance to the development of higher education, international cooperation and communication, technological innovation and the development of the manufacturing industry. For this reason, MIT welcomes and supports the establishment of a solid and mutually beneficial strategy with SUSTech, and Schmidt accepted President Chen's invitation to visit SUSTech to continue to build on this idea.

Schmidt said that the MIT innovation center set up in Hong Kong with Unicom Shenzhen, which is China Unicom's Southern Branch, and which works on the industrialization of scientific and technological research results will be extended to the city of Shenzhen, and both sides agreed it would be a great opportunity to develop joint partnerships in training, production and research.

During the visit, President Chen and his entourage also held talks with Professor Ian Waitz, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering who also showed significant interest in joint projects and student exchanges.

Talks at the scene

The SUSTech leaders made the most of the visit and stayed on to listen to a report from the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Professor David Wallace and Sangbae Kim entitled "Education and Innovation in Mechanical Engineering".

David Wallace 's Report on "Education and Innovation in Mechanical Engineering"

Contribution: Office of Global Engagement

SUSTech and Shenzhen Municipal Government Delegation Visits Johns Hopkins University to Promote Bilateral Cooperation

SUSTech and Shenzhen Municipal Government Delegation Visits Johns Hopkins University to Promote Bilateral Cooperation

May 5, 2017 Latest

On April 26th 2017, the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government Deputy Secretary-General Liu Jiachen led the delegation of the city of Shenzhen and SUSTech's representatives President Chen Shiyi and Chairwoman Guo Yurong to visit the United States' Johns Hopkins University.

Also included in the visiting delegation were the directors of the Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission, the Municipal Education Bureau, the Municipal Public Hospital Management Center, as well as SUSTech's Vice President Wu Chuanyue and International Affairs Chief Operating Officer Lu Chun.

Johns Hopkins University's Vice President of Medicine, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and President of Johns Hopkins Medical Systems Paul Rothman welcomed the visitors. He said that since President Chen's first visit to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on August 15, 2001, both parties have exchanged visits and achieved great results through their close cooperation. SUSTech and Johns Hopkins University share a common philosophy, and that is an important basis for a strong relationship. He went on to say that the Medical College was looking forward to working and building closer ties with the city of Shenzhen and with SUSTech.

At the scene of the talks

Group photo

Dr. Robert Ziegelstein, Associate Dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, introduced the progress made in collaborations between SUSTech and the Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine which served as a model for SUSTech, and briefed the delegation on Johns Hopkins University medical education methods, function, organizational division and its significance.

Roy Ziegelstein presents his department to the delegation

On behalf of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, Liu Jiachen gave the Johns Hopkins University an introduction to the basic situation of health care, strategic development, leadership, and innovation-oriented urban development concept which makes the city so unique and in the focus. She said that Shenzhen attaches great importance to building relationships with reputable domestic and foreign colleges and universities and is working especially on closer ties with medical institutions. The city has already successfully helped forge multiple partnerships with top institutions and will continue to actively promote cooperation between SUSTech and Johns Hopkins University in particular.

Wu Chuanyue went on to introduce the progress of the preparation work for the SUSTech of Medicine, Shenzhen Qianhai Free Trade Area and the former sea hospital vision to the representative of the Hopkins Hospital Dean Redonda Miller. Miller said Johns Hopkins Hospital is always eager to establish contacts with SUSTech and the wider Shenzhen health care system and explore the possibility of future cooperation.

President Chen Shiyi and Deputy Dean Denis Wirtz

On Wednesday 26th, President Chen met with Denis Wirtz, Deputy Dean of Johns Hopkins University. The two sides exchanged views on the development of scientific research, interdisciplinary research projects and research policy funding as areas of potential cooperation.

Liu Jiachen, Guo Yurong, Chen Shiyi and Sunil Kumar

On the evening of the 26th, the SUSTech and Shenzhen Municipal delegation held talks with the university delegates at the Johns Hopkins University including Dean Sunil Kumar and 2003 Nobel laureate Peter Agre.

Chen Shiyi meets 2003 Nobel Prize Winner Peter Agre

Kumar welcomed the delegation to visit Johns Hopkins University. He is very optimistic about the prospects of SUSTech partnering with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and expressed his pleasure at seeing that SUSTech established further partnerships in departments such as medicine, engineering and related disciplines, and is looking forward to working to establish a more comprehensive, deeper and more lasting partnership.

During the visit, the visitors were interviewed by Ralph Hruban, Dean of the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Howard Haft, Deputy Director of the Maryland Health Department. Together they visited the Johns Hopkins Hospital Control Center, operating room, medical school simulation teaching center and the technology incubation center.

Also attending the event were Charles Wiener, Vice President of International Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Sanford Wu, Executive Director of International Medecine, and Zhiping Li, Assistant Director of International Medical Education.

Contribution: Office of Global Engagement

SUSTech signs Memorandum of Understanding with King’s College London

SUSTech signs Memorandum of Understanding with King's College London

May 15, 2017 Latest

On May 11th 2017, President of King's College London Ed Byrne, Director of International Affairs Tayyeb Shah and their accompanying team attended a meeting in SUSTech to sign a MOU - Memorandum of Understanding with the university. Vice President of the School of Medicine Zhang Jian and the Graduate School representatives met with the guests.

On the site of the talks

Lu Chun was first to lead the talks as he introduced the characteristics and advantages of SUSTech. Zhang Jian then took over to introduce the development goals and the close partnership already established with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Byrne followed with an introduction on the history and reputation of the King's College in London. The College's medical school ranked third in the world, and is regularly among the world's top ten top medical school list. It is located in the center of London, and focuses strongly on the basic disciplines and scientific research achievements as well as clinical applications, allowing it to work in close cooperation with a number of first-class hospitals. It has already established links with Peking University, Tsinghua University and other colleges and universities, and the visit to SUSTech will hopefully produce results with even more innovative features of collaboration.

After the exchange, the two sides reached an agreement, and said they hoped to continue to explore a unique relationship, combining traditional cooperation with innovative business and scientific ties. Additionally they confirmed a short-term exchange of undergraduate and doctoral students which will bear mutually beneficial results.

Signing ceremony

Group photo

Background information:

King's College London is one of the world's leading research institutes and a member of the Russell University Group. In the 2017QS comprehensive global ranking it was 21st, and 5th in the UK; in 2017 US News World University ranked it 45th in the world and 6th in the UK, while Thames 2017 ranked it 36th globally and 2ndnationally. KCL was founded in 1829, the fourth oldest institution of higher education in England after Oxford, Cambridge and the University of London. The college's alumni include 12 Nobel Prize winners and 16 heads of government, as well as literary master Thomas Hardy, author Virginia Woolf, Bentley car founder Walter Bentley, and Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs. King's College in London has a wide range of courses and has a prominent reputation in the fields of humanities, society, law, medicine and science.

Contribution: Office of Global Engagement

Edited by: Jeremy Welburn