On May 31st 2017, the University of Surrey's Professor GQ Max Lu, Executive Vice President Greg Melly, as well as the Vice President of International Relations, Dean of the School of Engineering and of Physical Sciences, Chair professors of the Departments of Engineering, Computer Science and Chemistry visited SUSTech during which a MOU was signed paving the way for an official university exchange partnership. SUSTech President Chen Shiyi, Vice President of Research Tang Tao, Associate Vice President of International Affairs Lu Chun, vice president of graduate school Yang Shuanghua and representatives of the global engagement office were here to welcome the guests.
During the talks, the two sides exchanged views on the establishment of the undergraduate exchange program and agreed on a collaboration system. Both expressed their hope to start on the basis of traditional cooperation, and then to go on to explore unique and innovative ways to combine entrepreneurship, research and education together.
A doctoral joint training cooperation agreement was also signed between the universities, and from May 31st to June 1st, scholars from the University of Surrey conducted academic exchanges with relevant departments to prepare for the joint training.
The University of Surrey was founded in 1891, after a restructing of its predecessor the London Barthes Institute of Technology. On September 9th 1966, it was inaugurated by the royal family to become a comprehensive university. Currently there are approximately 15,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University of Surrey is the main research center for small satellites, mobile communications and artificial intelligence technology in Europe.
The Guardian's 2016 British University Rankings places the University of Surrey fourth on their list, second only to Cambridge University, Oxford University and St. Andrews University. It was ranked No. 8 in the 2016 "The Times" British university rankings, and the Times Higher Education magazine ranked it 36th in the UK and in the top 251-300 in the world in its "British University Rank 2017".
Contribution: Department of Global Engagement
Edited by: Jeremy Welburn