New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian visits SUSTech to sign key technology cooperation agreement

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian visits SUSTech to sign key technology cooperation agreement

Dec 5, 2017 Latest

On December 4, 2017, a delegation of 22 people, including Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales, Australia, and Prof. Attila Brungs, President of the University of Technology, Sydney, visited SUSTech.

During the visit, SUSTech President Chen Shiyi and UTS President Attila Brungs signed a technical cooperation agreement, while Premier Gladys Berejiklian, SUSTech University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong, Vice-President of Research Tang Tao, and Chief Operating Officer Lu Chun attended the signing ceremony.

The agreement aims to strengthen and further promote exchanges and cooperation between the two universities in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship, joint research centers, faculty exchanges and student internships. The signing of the agreement is a new step in SUSTech's global internationalization effort.

During the signing ceremony, Chen Shiyi welcomed Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the delegation of UTS on behalf of SUSTech. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and President Attila Brungs followed with talks and expressed their appreciation for the invitation, as well as their admiration for the rapid development of the city of Shenzhen and SUSTech. They expressed their hope that the two universities would cooperate more in the future and build close ties.


Premier Gladys Berejiklian visits the SUSTech Pico Center.


Gladys Berejiklian and his entourage visit the Lakeside Residential College

During the delegation's visit, Chen Shiyi, Lu Chun and other university leaders accompanied the visitors to the Pico Center and the Lakeside Residential College on campus. They also presented the university's achievements in scientific research and undergraduate education, after which both parties engaged in in-depth exchanges.


Signing ceremony

Dr Liu Ke, Director of the iCollege of SUSTech, Hou Shengtao, Director of Global Engagement and Dr Georgios Theodoropoulos, chair professor of the Department of Science and Engineering also attended the signing ceremony.

Contributed by: Global Engagement Office

Photo: Wang Kaiqiang

Design: Qiu Yan

UQ and SUSTech sign Letter of Intent to strengthen relations

UQ and SUSTech sign Letter of Intent to strengthen relations

Nov 24, 2017 Latest

SUSTech President Chen Shiyi arrived in Australia on November 21 2017 following an invitation to visit from the University of Queensland (UQ). During his visit, an agreement between SUSTech and UQ on promoting the undergraduate and graduate education cooperation and joint scientific research projects was signed.

SUSTech also launched a high level talent recruitment campaign at UQ, and dozens of scholars and experts wished to visit SUSTech soon after they submitting the applications after the event.

During his visit, President Chen was warmly welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor and President Peter Høj, as well as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Iain Watson, Pankaj Sah, Director of the Queensland Brain Institute, Ian Brereton, Director of the the Centre for Advanced Imaging, Stephan Riek, Deputy Dean of the Graduate School, Michael Brunig, Head of School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Chen Ping, Director of Confucius Institute and Jessica Gallagher, Director of the Global Engagement Office, who all attended the meeting and participated in the bilateral discussions.

Lu Chun, Associate Vice President for International Affairs and Hou Shengtao, director of the Office of Global Engagement, accompanied President Chen on his visit.

In his opening speech, President Peter Høj welcomed President Chen once again to the University of Queensland. He said that since President Chen’s visit to the university in July 2015 had already laid the foundation for the two universities to conduct many exchange visits and had achieved positive results.

The two leaders have had frequent interactions and academic exchanges have become increasingly common in the recent year.

Vice-Chancellor Høj added that he was pleased to see the University of Queensland and SUSTech actively carrying out exchanges and cooperation and had already achieved initial results, so he looked forward to discussing how to build closer ties with Shenzhen and SUSTech.

The two sides then engaged in in-depth exchanges on particular topics including the training for graduate students, exchange of undergraduates and joint research.

It is the second time this year that both leaders meet, following the participation of President Peter Høj in the 2017 IAC meeting.

After the meeting, President Chen and Vice-Chancellor Høj signed a Letter of Intent at the University of Queensland. The Letter seeks to promote undergraduate and graduate education cooperation and as well as joint scientific research projects

The Letter will extend the previous partnership signed between the two organizations in October 2016, where they had signed a co-supervision agreement for doctoral students to promote post-graduate education between the two universities.

During the visit, the SUSTech delegation gave a keynote speech at the University of Queensland, introducing key facts and figures about the university and personnel policy information, as well as the talent recruitment system in front of approximately 80 students and scholars. After the presentation, more than a dozen participants submitted their resumes on the spot and hoped to visit SUSTech in the near future to learn more about the university.


Chen Shiyi introduces SUSTech to the University of Queensland students and faculty


SUSTech delegation and University of Queensland students and faculty

On the morning of November 22, the SUSTech delegation visited Queensland Brain Institute and the Centre for Advanced Imaging at the University of Queensland. Pankaj Sah, director of the Queensland Brain Institute and Ian Brereton, director of Centre for Advanced Imaging, welcomed the visitors and discussed with them how to further promote neuroscience and related disciplines in the two universities.


SUSTech delegation photo with Pankaj Sah, director of the Queensland Brain Institute

During his visit to Australia, at the invitation of the Chinese Consulate General in Brisbane, President Chen visited Xu Jie, the Chinese Consul General of Brisbane. Deputy Consulate General Zhou Li and Consulate of Education Liu Shaohua also attended the meeting. Xu Jie welcomed President Chen and his delegation to Brisbane and gave them an introductory talk on the the Consulate’s role in the region. He appreciated the educational philosophy of SUSTech and the university’s stunning achievement in just a few years impressed him a lot. In the end, he hoped that the Consulate-General in Brisbane would further facilitate the scientific and educational cooperation between SUSTech and UQ.

Contributed by: Global Engagement Office

Edited by: Jeremy Welburn & Yingying Xia

King’s College London Vice President Funmi Olonisakin visits SUSTech

King's College London Vice President Funmi Olonisakin visits SUSTech

Nov 8, 2017 Latest

On November 6 Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President of International Affairs at King's College London, arrived at SUSTech for a 2-day visit. Li Fengliang, vice-chairperson of the University Council of SUSTech, Lu Chun,Associate Vice President of International Affairs and other members of the university leadership welcomed the delegation to the campus.

The guests from Kings College London also included Tayyeb Shah, Associate Vice President for Global Affairs Development, Richard Trembath, Executive Dean of Life Science and Medicine, Ian Everall, Executive Director of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Paola Dazaan, Vice President of International Affairs, and Tania Lima, director of the International Cooperation Office. Hou Shengtao, director of SUSTech’s Office of Global Engagement, Zhang Jian, director of the Preparatory Office of the Medical School, Zhou Yongming, director of the Social Science Center, as well as faculty representatives and members of the UNESCO Higher Education Innovation Center also attended the meeting for discussions.


Group photo

Li Fengliang and Lu Chun welcomed Funmi Olonisakin and her entourage and briefed the guests on the current status of SUSTech, including the unique mechanisms, faculty strength and international cooperation programs. They said that King's College London and SUSTech have established a solid cooperation foundation in the fields of neuroscience, medicine and health sciences, and that scholars from both have frequent contacts and academic exchanges. They hoped to use this visit as an opportunity to further consolidate and deepen the ties between the two universities, to enhance mutual understanding of each other and jointly open up broader areas for collaboration.

During the visit, neuroscientists from both universities conducted informal discussions to present their latest developments and relevant academic backgrounds of their respective research institutes, and discussed ways to establish scientific cooperation, academic exchanges and joint training of students in the field of neuroscience.

King's College London (King's or KCL) was founded in 1829 by King George IV. It is one of the world's leading research institutes, just behind the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College. It is the fourth oldest institution of higher education in England, has produced twelve Nobel laureates including Peter Higgs, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 16 Heads of Government or State, and 34 current British MPs. London Kings College has ranked up to No. 10 previously, and was ranked No. 21 in the 2017 world rankings.

Contribution: Office of Global Engagement

President Chen delivers keynote speech at YICAI Technology and Innovation Conference on universities in the Bay Area

President Chen delivers keynote speech at YICAI Technology and Innovation Conference on universities in the Bay Area

Nov 3, 2017 Latest

On November 2, 2017, President Chen Shiyi was invited to attend the 2017 YICAI Technology and Innovation Conference Shenzhen Forum where he gave a keynote speech entitled "Top Universities in the Bay Area, and Building Shenzhen into a Future City”.


Chen Shiyi’s speech

In his speech, Chen pointed out that world-famous historical bay areas such as London, New York and San Francisco played an important role in previous industrial revolutions. Currently, the fourth industrial revolution is looming and Shenzhen should leverage the development of the Bay Area in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao to make the most of the opportunities arising. It is therefore critical to improve higher education in order to lead future development. He said: "Without a major university, a city is incomplete, and higher education in the Bay Area is a key element for development". He compared the universities in the Bay Area to well-known domestic cities, pointing out that Shenzhen is the most recent metropolis in the region and strong universities are a necessary requirement for strong cities. He said Shenzhen should continue to promote the integration of science and education, strengthen cooperation with Hong Kong, Macao and other cities, learn from advanced experiences and make great achievements in its universities in order to become a world class city.

Tony F. Chan, President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Li Qingquan, President of Shenzhen University also attended the forum and delivered speeches.


Round table discussion

After the speech, Chen Shiyi, Tony F. Chan and Li Qingquan conducted discussions on the current situation under the chairmanship of Zhang Lifen, the chief financial adviser of YICAI and professor of Fudan University's School of Journalism. They discussed development strategies, cooperation and exchange programs and resource allocation for higher education in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

YICAI Technology and Innovation Conference was held by financial media group First Financial Group. After two consecutive years in Shanghai, it was moved to Shenzhen.

The forum follows the theme of "Making the Future happen", and during the two-day forum on November 2-3, there were around ten keynote speeches and round-table discussions focusing on Shenzhen's university system and talent innovation. The Shenzhen Bay Area's Opportunities and challenges was one of the most discussed points.

Live link: http: //www.yicai.com/live/5350954.html

Text: Lao Xiangwen
​Translated by: Jeremy Welburn

President of Vietnam Thuyloi University Nguyen Quang Kim visits SUSTech

President of Vietnam Thuyloi University Nguyen Quang Kim visits SUSTech

Nov 3, 2017 Latest

On October 25, 2017, Nguyen Quang Kim, President of Thuyloi University of Vietnam, arrived at SUSTech with his delegation of 11 to visit the university.

Professor Georgios Theodoropoulos, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SUSTech met with the visitors for talks, as well as representatives of the Office of Human Resources and Global Engagement Office. Professor Theodoropoulos introduced his department to the Thuyloi University delegation, while the Office of Human Resources briefed them on the talent introduction policy of SUSTech. The two sides then held discussions and exchanges on topics including student exchanges and joint training.

Thuyloi University is a public university directly under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam. It was formerly known as the Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power and was established in 1959, renamed Thuyloi University (TLU) in 2013. TLU focuses on personnel training and scientific research in water resources management, hydropower, natural resources and environmental management. At present, it has 25 undergraduate programs, 20 postgraduate programs and 11 doctoral programs.

Contribution: Global Engagement Office
Translated by: Jeremy Welburn

2017 SUSTech International Advisory Council Meeting Successfully Concludes – “International Leading Think Tank” Gives Suggestions for SUSTech Development

2017 SUSTech International Advisory Council Meeting Successfully Concludes - “International Leading Think Tank” Gives Suggestions for SUSTech Development

Oct 18, 2017 Latest

On October 17, 2017, the SUSTech IAC meeting was successfully concluded with the IAC members providing valuable suggestions and advice on how to make SUSTech a world-class university after in-depth discussion.

On the morning of October 17, the IAC members firstly held a closed-door meeting to discuss and draft  a preliminary report. In the subsequent meeting, the IAC Chair, Henry T. Yang, who is also the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented the report on behalf of the Council, to the Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Municipality Zimin Gao, who is also the vice chair of the SUSTech Board of Regents; President Shiyi Chen, University Council Chairperson Yurong Guo, other university leaders and the university members of the SUSTech Board of Regents.


Meeting Venue

The IAC members present at the meeting included Henry T. Yang, Xinhe Bao, Peter Høj, David W. Leebron, David Richardson, Choon Fong Shih, Sung-Chul Shin, Samuel L. Stanley Jr. and Eng Chye Tan.


Henry T. Yang speaks

Dr. Yang gave a summary report in which he said that all the IAC members agreed that in just six years, SUSTech had achieved outstanding progress, and they were all very impressed. In order to help SUSTech become a world-class university and an economic engine for the city of Shenzhen, and become the cradle for the next generation engineers and professionals, the panel made three recommendations. First, SUSTech needs to be approved as soon as possible to confer graduate degrees, especially at PhD level. Second, for young universities, it is important to focus on quality, and for that, to maintain a high level of per capita funding for recruitment of talents and quality education. Third, it was recommended to accelerate the construction of a world-class medical school, give play to interdisciplinary advantages, integrate education and scientific research with clinical care and improve the urban medical service in order to make Shenzhen a metropolis with quality service to the large population.

At the meeting, the IAC members shared their impressions of SUSTech and made their proposal for the University’s strategic goals.

President of Rice University David W. Leebron said that SUSTech has a strong and visionary leadership team which is important, and that they had done a great job to invest the huge resources that were at the university's disposal. He was also impressed by the excellent overall qualities of SUSTech students.

University of East Anglia President David Richardson said that undergraduate students in the first two years focused on general studies, which was a very positive point in view of the University’s interdisciplinary approach, and conducive to innovative talents training. He suggested that SUSTech should speed up its PhD program application, as well as continue to focus on its joint PhD programs to strengthen international cooperation.

The proposal of speeding up the establishment of a medical school with world-class standards was recognized by the IAC members. Eng Chye Tan, President Designate of the National University of Singapore, shared his experience of building an excellent medical school at NUS in collaboration with Duke University. He said that the future development of medical technology is inseparable from digital technology, and Shenzhen is particularly well-placed for this given that it is the center of digital innovation. He reiterated that a top medical school is essential for a city like Shenzhen and said that SUSTech’s medical school could be the future of health care. President of the University of Queensland Peter Høj then gave a short speech in which he underlined that the Shenzhen has a very strong technology industry, and that the future of science and technology should be combined with advanced medical technology, which is why it is so important for the SUSTech to have a medical school that can serve the city's growing and aging population.

On the topic of talent training and discipline development, President of Stony Brook University New York Samuel L. Stanley Jr. attached great importance to the interdisciplinary approach, saying that now successful international research universities particularly focus on cross-field areas, and that topics like computer science and medical research will be indispensable to a modern medical school.

Professor Choon Fong Shih, now University Professor at the National University of Singapore, once served as the founding President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and president of NUS. He said that as a young university, there were many similarities between SUSTech and KAUST. He said that to build a world-class university, it is important for SUSTech to adhere to the stable and high quality of education, steadily advance its enrollment program for international students, and focus on personnel training.

President of University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) Xinhe Bao then noted that a great university cannot grow without the support of the local cities, and that USTC and SUSTech have a deep connection and historical bond, so he hoped that in the future the two will strengthen the cooperation in terms of talent training, scientific research, technology and culture.


Zimin Gao speaks

Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Zimin Gao then responded with a speech, in which he thanked the participating international academics for their contributions on behalf of the Guangdong Provincial Standing Committee and Shenzhen Municipal CPC Committee Secretary Weizhong Wang and Shenzhen Municipal Committee Deputy Secretary and Mayor Rugui Chen. He said that Shenzhen has grown very rapidly and become a fertile soil for innovation in just 30 years, and that universities play a vital role in the sustainable development of cities. The Municipality of Shenzhen fully supports the development of SUSTech, and will spare no effort to help it in terms of technology advancement, fund allocation and academic environment.


Shiyi Chen speaks

President of SUSTech Shiyi Chen concluded the meeting with a final speech in which he once again expressed his sincere gratitude to the IAC members for coming from afar for this event. He said that during the meeting the Council put forward many valuable suggestions and shared advice on the future development of SUSTech.to implement these recommendations, SUSTech will consistently focus on quality and continue to cultivate outstanding talents for China and the world at large. He hoped that in the future, SUSTech will continue to cooperate deeply with advanced international universities to speed up the process of becoming a world-class university.

Yurong Guo expressed the appreciation of the Guangdong Provincial Committee and Government, Shenzhen Municipal Committee and government, and the IAC members for their support to SUSTech. She noted that valuable suggestions proposed by them will have a significant impact on the future strategies of SUSTech. She hoped that the IAC members can remain attentive to the development of SUSTech and contribute their insights and suggestions on how to make it a world-class university. The 2017 SUSTech IAC meeting is bound to be a milestone event in the history of SUSTech.



The IAC press conference

At 2:00pm on the same day, SUSTech Chief Operating Officer Chun Lu facilitated the press conference with "China Daily", "Economic Daily", "Nanfang Daily", "Shenzhen Special Zone Daily", Shenzhen TV, "Shenzhen Daily" and nearly 20 other media reporters. The journalists asked questions about the reasons for the members to join the IAC, the functions of IAC and the future development of SUSTech, to which the six participating IAC members gave comprehensive replies.

After the meeting, the IAC members visited the headquarters of Shenzhen’s iconic tech giant Tencent and met with Shengyi Liu (SY Lau), senior executive vice president of Tencent to discuss cutting-edge technology and talent training.

SUSTech International Advisory Council 2017 Meeting Held

SUSTech International Advisory Council 2017 Meeting Held

Oct 17, 2017 Latest

At the heart of the Tanglang Mountains, Shenzhen, 14 leading international academics of the world’s top universities from the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, have joined together to form a think tank for the development of SUSTech into a world-class university.

On October 16, 2017 the SUSTech International Advisory Council (IAC) held the first Council meeting on the campus. During the following two days’ meeting, IAC members gathered to provide constructive suggestions to guide SUSTech in realizing its strategic objectives and provide assistance and support to its development.

Great importance has been attached to the event by the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Government. Vice Governor of Guangdong Province Ningsheng Huang arrived in Shenzhen and met with members of the International Advisory Council (IAC). What's more, Mayor of Shenzhen Rugui Chen sent a congratulatory message to the the council. Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Zimin Gao and Deputy Director of Guangdong Province Education Bureau Feng Xing were among the participants of the meeting.

The IAC includes the following founding members: Henry T. Yang, Chancellor of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Xinhe Bao, President of the University of Science and Technology of China, Tony F. Chan, President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Lino Guzzella, President of the ETH Zurich, David W. Leebron, President of Rice University, Peter Høj, President of the University of Queensland, Jianhua Lin, President of Peking University, David Richardson, President of the University of East Anglia, Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Mark S. Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan, Choon Fong Shih, Professor of the National University of Singapore, Sung-Chul Shin, President of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., President of Stony Brook University New York, and Eng Chye Tan, President Designate of the National University of Singapore.

They have all made great achievements in the international academic and educational circles, have rich experience in running world-class universities, and have high prestige and influence in the global higher education sector. They lead universities that are among the top tier of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 Top 100, including University of Oxford which is ranked No.1. Henry T. Yang serves as Chair of International Advisory Council


The IAC members visit the campus model table.


The meeting site

The IAC members present at the meeting included Henry T. Yang, Xinhe Bao, Tony F. Chan, Peter Høj, David W. Leebron, David Richardson, Choon Fong Shih, Sung-Chul Shin, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Eng Chye Tan, as well as SUSTech University Council Chairperson Yurong Guo, SUSTech President Shiyi Chen, and other executive leaders of the University. The Deputy Secretary-General of Shenzhen Municipal Government Jiachen Liu and Deputy Director of Shenzhen Education Bureau Jianlin Xu were also present.

When meeting members of the International Advisory Council (IAC) of SUSTech, Ningsheng Huang said that SUSTech is an experimental university and has made remarkable achievements in recent years. The Guangdong Provincial Government attaches importance to and supports the construction and development of SUSTech and other high-level universities. He hopes excellent university leaders will advise on the economic development of Guangdong, and carry out more science, technology and education cooperation in Shenzhen and Guangdong.


President Shiyi Chen gives a speech.

SUSTech President Shiyi Chen expressed his sincere welcome to the leaders and sincerely thanked the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Government for their strong support to SUSTech. He said that the IAC members will advise SUSTech on development and strategies to accomplish its goal of becoming a world-class university.


Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Zimin Gao gives a speech.

Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Zimin Gao took to the podium and delivered to the audience the congratulatory letter from Shenzhen Mayor Rugui Chen. In the letter, Mayor Chen said that China is coordinating national resources to move forward the development of world-class universities and first-class disciplines, and Shenzhen has been accelerating the establishment of international innovation centers for science, technology and industry, two circumstances which present SUSTech with unprecedented opportunities. The IAC is composed of world-renowned university leaders who are widely respected, and influential and have a deep understanding of higher education development in the world. They form the ultimate think tank to support the development of SUSTech. It is also a major step for the University in the exploration of a modern university system with Chinese characteristics. It is hoped that with the establishment of SUSTech’s IAC, the University can further strengthen international cooperation, and lead further reforms and innovation, and be a trailblazer for China's higher education. He underlined that the Shenzhen municipal government will, as always, fully support the development of SUSTech, and do everything in its power to help it become a world-class research university in a foreseeable future.


Deputy Director of Guangdong Province Education Bureau Feng Xing gives a speech.

Deputy Director of Guangdong Province Education Bureau Feng Xing then took over to speak at the meeting. He said that the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education praised SUSTech for its phenomenal achievements, and that there were very high expectations for its future development. He went on to say that SUSTech is ideally situated in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, home to many talents from China and overseas. He hoped that SUSTech would comply with the deployment requirements of the Ministry of Education, the Guangdong Provincial government and the Shenzhen municipal government, seize the opportunity, profoundly understand and accurately grasp the connotation of innovation-driven development, closely center its attention on the fundamental task of strengthening moral education and cultivating people, and promoting scientific and technological progress. He also underlined his desire to see SUSTech establish and strengthen a modern university system, and vigorously promote the work of the University to improve the overall level of education as well as the local economic and social development. He reiterated once more that the Guangdong provincial Department of Education would continue to support SUSTech in its development.


IAC Chair Henry T. Yang presided over the meeting.

 

The meeting of the SUSTech IAC was presided over by the IAC Chair Henry T. Yang under the auspices of the Council through the International Advisory Council Charter.

SUSTech President Chen then took over to discuss the "Status of SUSTech" and introduce to the guests the University’s mission and goals, challenges, opportunities and strategies. He said that SUSTech was using the excellent geographical advantages of Shenzhen, where many high-tech enterprises have established their headquarters, and that he wanted SUSTech to be a driving force for Shenzhen, Guangdong Province and even the whole of China to promote an innovative entrepreneurial spirit and sense of social responsibility through the training of comprehensive talents. He also underlined the importance of exploring the characteristics of China's higher education model and reforms. Chen then briefed the guests about the student systems, including the "Credit System, Academic Advising System And Residential Colleges", and the opportunities and challenges faced by SUSTech. The experts listened carefully and discussed each topic in depth, asking questions and providing valuable insight based on their experience.

SUSTech Vice President and Provost Chuanyue Wu, Dean of the Research Institute of Science and Technology University and Director of the Scientific Research and Planning Office Yusheng Zhao, Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School Tao Tang, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Chun Lu, and the Dean of College Ke Liu gave six reports to the IAC members on the current situation and outlook for development at SUSTech respectively on undergraduate education, faculty affairs and graduate education, overview of research, global development, entrepreneurship: education and practice..


The IAC members visited the university's Pico Center

At PM 2:00 on the same day, SUSTech undergraduate students got a chance to meet the IAC members face to face at the Zhiren Residential College. They learned about students' future aspirations, academic planning, personality development, community experience, course time and international students' adaptation in the SUSTech. During the talks, IAC members asked a lot of detailed problems about the development of SUSTech. Meanwhile, students were also actively interacting with the IAC members during the exchange.

Then, the IAC members visited the university's Pico Center, where Professor Jiaqing He, Head of the Department of Physics, gave a presentation on the latest cutting-edge equipment and status of the center's scientific research progress.


IAC member group photo.

According to the Article Twenty-nine, Chapter Three of The Shenzhen Government Ordinance for the Southern University of Science and Technology (2011) , the Ordinance provides that “SUSTech shall form an Advisory Council as the advisory organ of the University with the responsibility to provide suggestions to the University on major areas of interests to the University development. The Advisory Council shall be made of domestically and internationally renowned experts, scholars, senior executives and industrial leaders, and their appointment shall be made by the President. ”

SUSTech's IAC is a top-level international think tank, and forms a key link for the comprehensive development of the University and its internationalization process. The panel will provide forward-looking recommendations on the strategic development of SUSTech and provide an international reference program for its plans to face the current challenges. The council has a key role to play in the development of SUSTech to the next level of higher education, and will contribute significantly to its international reputation and influence.

SUSTech was founded with the mission to reform education and spur development with innovation. The University stands out with Chinese distinctive characteristics in the higher education sector, by cultivating top-notch innovative talents in its unique mode to tackle the challenges China’s talent development faces. The rapid development of the past six years has laid a solid foundation for the future development of SUSTech, and today’s meeting also marks a new phase of development in building it into an international, world-class university with Chinese characteristics, which is our unwavering goal.

Colorful activities at SUSTech to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

Colorful activities at SUSTech to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

Oct 6, 2017 Campus Life

The moon shines bright, and the fragrance of flowers waft throught the warm air – during the Chinese traditional Mid-Autumn Festival SUSTech held a variety of typical festival activities. On the evening of October 4, teachers and students gathered under the full moon, making lanterns and moon cakes, guessing riddles, watching movies, welcoming new friends. During this traditional festival, the spirit is one of gathering and sharing, and teachers and students enjoy their time together.

 

  
Making moon cakes

Moon cakes are one of the traditional foods of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a symbol of reunion and harmony. In the student dining hall, Shude Residential College students prepared the ingredients for the moon cakes, so that the rest of the teachers and students could experience the fun of making the delicacies. Before the event began, the restaurant master first demonstrated how to make “ice skin” moon cakes. Students watched carefully, and then picked their choice of ingredients. Kneading the dough, moulding the pastries, embossing the traditional chinese patterns on top, and then removing them from the mould – the 4-step process looks easy but presents its challenges. However inspite of these, the students' enthusiasm was unstoppable, and by helping each other and sharing experience, they finally produced a delicious batch of moon cakes.

  

2017 undergraduate student Li Daifeng was among the students to participate in the activities. “This is the first time I am so far away from home for the Mid-Autumn Festival, I miss my family a lot. But gathering with the other students and teachers here makes me feel very happy. It's also the first time I make moon cakes, and we all help each other, it's the closest feeling to being with family” he explained.

Hungarian student Janka was also present and said “It is the first time I experience the mid-Autumn Festival, and I also miss my home a lot”. She made her first attempt at making moon cakes, and the cooperative spirit between students made her feel very warm and happy about this holiday, and she said she hoped more foreigners would come to experience this aspect Chinese culture.

In addition to the traditional way of making the cakes, some students improvised their own recipes with the stuffing. They tested out different kinds of hard and soft stuffing, and various colors as well. Exchanging ideas and then cakes with each other, it is the traditional way to offer one's best wishes during the festival. The moon cakes were put in the oven, and soon the air was filled with a delicious smell of cooking and laughter as students played games and gave each other riddles, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Some students who are astronomy aficionados even brought out a professional telescope to observe the full moon.

Guess the riddles

As the sun was setting on the horizon, the Residential Colleges started installing and lighting their traditional Chinese lanterns. Each one has a tail hanging from it on which a card bearing a riddle is attached. As the last sunlight gave way to the night, the lanterns lit up the gathering in a soft glow and attracted curious students and teachers who were passing in the vicinity.

Curiosity then tempted all the students to gather around the lanterns, as each riddle on the cards was quietly read and studied. Students in small groups or alone walked from one to the other, frowning as a sign of being deep in their thoughts. If they didn't manage to guess the answer, they would call on their fellow students to discuss the riddles enthusiastically, even pulling out their smartphones to research the question in depth. If they managed to get the right answer, they'd gleefully pull off the card and keep it as a souvenir. Other students were also frowning, deep in their thoughts, trying to figure out which flavor of moon cake they wanted to try next.

The riddles captivated the young participants attention, and even that of some of the university professors and their families who were wandering close by. Professor Cheng Zhi and Yu Cong brought their children to the party and joined in the festivities. The children played under the lanterns, and gave some of the riddles a shot. The prizes were lining up, the boxes of moon cakes dwindling, and more and more cards went missing as the students solved the puzzles and took them as souvenirs.

  

One student's mother came form her hometown to accompany her child during the holiday. She said “It is the first year that my child is not at home for the Mid-Autumn Fesitval, so I was a little bit worried, naturally. However I see that the university is carefully organizing these lovely activities, it makes me feel that the students here are taken care of, which is important for their physical and mental health, and their development, and that greatly puts my mind at ease”.

Making lanterns

With a couple of bamboo strands, white paper film and a bit of elbow grease, at the entrance to the Residential College activity room, students are making their own lanterns.

Later in the night, the moon emits a soft warm light, reflecting in the students concerned eyes because they can not guess the riddles, but mainly reflecting the warmth and happiness that that they all felt gathered together. The Calligraphy and Painting Society then started their activities, teaching students to write and draw traditional Chinese art.

  

As the light from the lanterns quietly faded, teachers and students lit up the last ones and enjoyed the last snacks, walking in the faint moonlight, enjoying the wonderful night scenery around them.

Watching movies

During the later part of the evening, for the ones who were still up there were indoor and outdoor movies to watch. In the activity room, a warm little space, teachers and students watched comedy movie "Rise of the Guardians", enchanting the audience into another world. Meanwhile near the Teaching Building N°1 entrance, the movie "Zootopia" was screened outdoors for teachers and students, filling them with courage and joy. A 2017 Freshman said: "My hometown is in Sichuan province, and there every Mid-Autumn Festival, families move chairs into the courtyard to gather together. Some people are responsible for hanging lanterns, some are responsible for organising a movie to watch, while others hand out moon cakes. Basically, this holiday is all about coming together and sharing happy moments with each other. This is a new  Mid-Autumn Festival experience for me, it feels very different from the previous ones because we are all students here studying related scientific and technical subjects, so it is easy to talk to other people. At the same time, to get together with professors to watch movies reminds me also of my hometown's feelings, so it is really a profound and valuable experience. "

The bright moon brings the wishes

2016 undergraduate Hu Jin said that for two consecutive years, he spent the festival apart from his family, who he missed a lot. 2017 freshman Chen Yanwei said: "In the past we would all spend the festival with our parents. Now that we are on our own in Shenzhen, we think about them a lot and miss them." She used the opportunity to send them a message of blessing for the holiday :  "I am sorry that sometimes I will provoke you and make you angry, but really, Mum & Dad, I love you!". Another student - Zhou Qinqi – also had an emotional message to share: "I miss my friends far away, and yet in the past month, I appreciate so much the charm of the University, and made many new friends here”.

In the student dining hall, teachers and staff also told about how their children have just left to go to college, and that they miss them. “I hope I can let students feel at home at every meal" From Henan province, Han Yingying said that although she couldn't go home for the holiday to see her family, she still didn't complain : "I hope my parents are healthy and have an optimistic, happy life" she said with a smile.

Phengsrun, a student from Cambodia, happily shared his "month of worship" from his hometown with his new friends. It is his first Mid-Autumn Festival in China. Sofiia, a student from Ukraine, said that the Mid-Autumn Festival in China had made a great impression on her. She enjoyed the atmosphere of the festival and the feeling of sharing with others as with family. Overall, the students said that the memory of the Mid-Autumn Festival at SUSTech will never be forgotten : "May we share the happiness, year after year, at every mid-autumn festival", "with your friend, your neighbor, always remember this warm moment spent together, this beautiful friendship”.

 

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Text: Chen Weitong Hong Yaohua Ning Shuo Chen Zhenzhen Zhang Zhan Sun Jialu Huang Nan Li Lingqi

Photo: Chen Zihao Dong Ziyu Wang Xiangyuan

CHEN Shiyi: Taking Choice as an Opportunity | Feature Story

CHEN Shiyi: Taking Choice as an Opportunity | Feature Story

Sep 23, 2017 Special Report


It's not easy to fix the time for an in-depth interview with President CHEN Shiyi. As an entrepreneur, CHEN Shiyi’s routine life is always on the run.

His daily schedule is always tight. "President Chen is like a ball of fire, full of dynamic and working in high intensity,” said his office staff. This accords with the paces of his 12 years of life since he returned to China - Setting up the College of Engineering at Peking University in 2005; assuming the second presidency of SUSTech in 2015, constantly jumping out of the comfort zone to be the pioneer of new enterprises.

Yet, it is common to run into the President for SUSTech students. Graduate student of Chemistry YANG Jiong encounters the President once every one or two weeks and even runs with him on the playground. "He is in his sportswear. We all greet him and he always responds enthusiastically."

In the afternoon, at 6:00, I finally got the hard-won opportunity to meet him. “Sorry to have kept you waiting,” said CHEN Shiyi, smiling in a weary look, cupping his hands.


CHEN Shiyi greeting the faculty and students of SUSTech at the 2017 Spring Festival

A Pragmatic Idealist

Looking out of the window of the office, SUSTech is like a land of idyllic beauty.

Surrounded by nine mountains and one lake in lavish green, one feels calm and peaceful as if nature has blended with the buildings. The trees stand along the lakeside. Young people are either reading books or holding group discussions at the waterside. Six faculty apartment buildings more than 10-storeys high stand in neat order at the east side of the campus. In hisComprehensive Documentary of the Returned American Lifetime Professor, Professor DENG Weiwei wrote: "The six apartment buildings probably are one of the places with the highest density of professors in the world: in a range of 80 meters by 120 meters live nearly 300 professors... It is an intellectual community in the literal sense.”

This is the "Utopia" of the scientific world, and its concept is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. I stopped more than a half dozen of students among the crowd flocking from the teaching building and asked them why they applied for SUSTech, and the answers were the same with no exception: "Because the university’s philosophy is worth pursuing."

CHEN Shiyi seldom accepted special interviews in his more than two years presidency, as he was always overwhelmed with work. Today, the truth-seeking and pioneering spirit has become the distinctive style of the university.

When asked how he evaluates himself, he told me, "I am someone with ideals and sentiments, but I am also pragmatic. For an idealist, the most important thing is to make it happen."

SUSTech came out with ideals. Students have many choices and rights here. The most typical manifestation is the 2+2 model: the first two years are for general education. Juniors can choose their own professions and there is no restriction on the number of students for each profession. "It's the most amazing thing," said ZHANG Zhichao, an undergraduate of Chemistry of Class 2013. “We are free to make our choices for our professions. But at least in my class, the distribution of professions is relatively even, there are no particularly popular or unpopular ones."

This balance is rare in universities in China, I said to CHEN Shiyi. He smiled slightly. "Because under the 2+2 system, the teachers will seriously consider the positioning of the colleges and departments and actively publicize the disciplines. We are student-oriented, and the teachers have to strive to win over students. The students have two years to think about what profession they are suitable for. It’s very scientific, and very humane."

On the Internet, some eye-catching titles are redefining the University in the waves of reform -- "SUSTech is the in-system reform,” "Refusing to be the second Peking University or Tsinghua University." In the face of a variety of voices, CHEN Shiyi remains very calm: "We just want to be SUSTech." He linked the positioning of the university with the region’s development and historical role. “Shenzhen is one of the most successful cities in terms of economic development in China since the reforms and opening up. But due to historical reasons, the higher education is one of the shortcomings of the city. Shenzhen has recognized the significance of higher education for a sustainable future development of the city in the new stage, and has provided resources, land, demand direction for various types of higher education, including SUSTech; on the other hand, the universities offer talent, technology and cultural support to Shenzhen. The growth of the universities should be closely intertwined with the growth of the city."

Teachers and students in the campus are experiencing the transformation together. “Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship” has become the university’s three pillars to stand out with distinctive characteristics. Building it into a research university with the top entrepreneurs in China is the expectation of CHEN Shiyi for SUSTech.

“Before we could respond, the university has placed more choices before us,” said student ZHANG Zhichao. With the establishment of the College of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the university encourages students to practice. Graduate students can enjoy the dual tutorial system with basic research supervised by university professors and innovation needs satisfied by off campus instructors hired by the university. Some students have even started their business successfully. Two years ago, soon after the "entrepreneurial wind" blew, a student set up an online restaurant. And now it has three or four franchises with annual sales of nearly 10 million yuan.


CHEN Shiyi at the campus of SUSTech

The school also encourages professors to start businesses. After approval, the professor can work in the company one day a week. At the same time, the university has formulated strict rules and regulations to ensure that professors focus their energy on teaching and research. Over the past two years, the professors of SUSTech have set up 25 enterprises to promote the transformation of scientific knowledge into commercial applications. "On a fertile land of entrepreneurship in Shenzhen, keeping professors trapped in the campus is definitely not the way to develop a university" CHEN Shiyi stated, “the academic freedom of the university is to respect the choices of the professors. It is to provide a quiet research environment for professors dedicated to academics and a platform for innovative and enterprising professors to integrate research findings with social needs”.

Determination to Change

"I have a restless heart. I love new challenges, and I love making changes."

In 2005, CHEN Shiyi was the head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. In the same year, he received an invitation from Peking University for the post of Dean of the College of Engineering. "I thought at that time, it would be nice to be the dean, but even better to be the lab director, so I could spend more time on my own research. But to a certain extent, at my age, reaching 50, I thought I could try something different." This invitation shifted his role from a scientist to an administrator and a reformer.


CHEN Shiyi at Peking University

His change was closely representative of the change Peking University was going through. 2009 was the fourth year since the College of Engineering was established. When a new student asked a senior fellow where the administration office in the College of Engineering was, she replied in bewilderment, “The College of Engineering? Is it in Peking University?”. 8 years later, in the World University Rankings 2017 released by Times Higher Education, Peking University ranks 12th in the subject of engineering, which even surprised CHEN Shiyi. “Though the subject of engineering also includes computer and electronics, it is sufficient to show that the College of Engineering plays an important role in the engineering development of Peking University.”

Today’s achievement makes CHEN Shiyi have more confidence about the direction SUSTech is taking. However, 12 years ago, he was still confident even in a 100-square-meter small building without employees. “With regards to the good condition in Peking University, why is it difficult to build a College of Engineering?”

At that time, he considered taking a direction contrary to the tradition: the target is engineering science, which is a combination of the College of Engineering with other subjects in Peking University including science, arts, medicine and mechanics. On the one hand, he cannot imitate Tsinghua University and has to develop subjects separately. What are the strengths of Peking University? As science, arts and medicine are all strengths of Peking University, the development of engineering should rely on its science. As Peking University’s Mechanics thrives from its solid foundation in Mathematics and Mechanics, it can carry out some theoretical and core scientific research to be different from the engineering research in Tsinghua University.

On the other hand, he also considered the social need in the future. “As engineering is closely related to science, we need to explore more in engineering and change the discoveries into our future tools. For this, Peking University should be at the forefront of engineering to lead its future development.” He uses the example of AI. As AI is related to big data collection and calculation, which is connected to mathematics and physics, it is clear that the core of engineering technology is science.

“I am an optimist,” during the interview, he emphasized the importance of confidence, “Confidence is the basis for patience. One has to make painstaking efforts for success. Never Mind. Just do it.” When I asked him about his decision to come back to China to be a manager, some feelings exuded obliviously, “In my view, being a scientist is easy. Back in America, I only focused on science, strolling around the campus, making research and spending some time figuring out solutions. However, a manager will face more complicated difficulties and environments than scientists. And there is no difference between China and other countries.”

Despite setbacks and controversies, both the College of Engineering and Mechanics have done a good job. Mechanics once descended to the 5th place in the National Subject Rankings before bouncing back to 1st place along with Tsinghua University and the Harbin Institute of Technology, which may be the best reply to previous controversies. “It has been 12 years since I came back in 2005. Now I think the College of Engineering in Peking University has developed significantly and is widely recognized across China.” CHEN Shiyi mentioned that recently, the Ministry of Education is planning new engineering projects and Peking University represents the direction of comprehensive universities to carry out new engineering. “We are already at the forefront. Following suit, typical comprehensive universities in America such as Harvard University and Brown University have established Colleges of Engineering. Although ours is earlier than theirs, that does not mean that ours is better than theirs. However, at least, we have got the same idea that comprehensive universities should better capitalize on engineering to cultivate talents to serve society.”

Still a scientist

Speaking of his research, he is more excited than ever.

“Let me show you my powerpoint presentation. Turbulence is in fact very interesting.” He turns on the computer, starting from the basic concept of the turbulent flow.

Turbulence is a flow regime of fluids which is commonly found in nature, industrial units and our daily life. Airflow, sea flow and people’s blood flow are all related to turbulence. Questions like how to design a plane’s shape to reduce resistance and how to lower the aerodynamic noise of a running train are key factors influencing the success of national aeronautical, aerospace and navigation engineering and are the foundation of national major equipment manufacturing.

He thinks he is lucky. “The job needs personal efforts and favorable climatic, geographical and human conditions.” When he studied for a doctorate at Peking University, he was a student of Mr. ZHOU Peiyuan, China’s best turbulence scholar. In 1987, he went to Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US for his post-doctorate studies and his tutor was Robert Harry Kraichnan, a top scholar on the theory of turbulence and post-doctoral student of Einstein. He had access to advanced equipment and observed the basic physical phenomena of turbulence through simulation with the best computer in the world then.

The most acclaimed work was finished here. In 1992, an article co-published with a partner earned him a high reputation in the academic world. He was the first to propose the lattice Boltzmann method and became the founder of the field. The method combines statistical physics with fluid mechanics to solve partial differential equations and simulate fluid mechanical and other physical and chemical processes, to achieve efficient parallel computing. Scientific achievements were soon transformed and applied in energy and environmental engineering, heat and mass transfer, combustion and multiphase flow, underground seepage and electromagnetic field simulation.


CHEN Shiyi in class

Speaking of his contributions to turbulence research in the early stage, there are a series of facts: In the early 1990s, he broke the world record of the Reynolds number in direct numerical simulation; he was the first to work out the scaling exponent of turbulence and the scaling exponent during convective diffusion; he proposed the theory of mapping closure in turbulence – an important theory of combustion and turbulent diffusion and the foundation of numerical calculation; he proposed the formation mechanism of large-scale vortexes in the nature and explained counter-accumulation of energy.

His academic achievements on the Internet are mainly made before 2005, which gives an impression: His role as a scientist has faded away after he became a manager and reformer. CHEN Shiyi doesn’t think so. He doesn’t wish that people regard his return as a transformation.

“I returned to China and it doesn’t mean that my research began to go downhill after it reached its peak. I think the research I made after returning is better than what I did in the US.” Since 2005, he has held the additional post of Director of Turbulence and Complex System National Key Laboratory of Peking University. “I never stopped my scientific research, at least in Peking University. My best research was done there.”

After returning to China, he focused entirely on the turbulence model. In the perspective of maths, it’s difficult to make direct numerical simulations of turbulence and it’s necessary to build a model. He led his team to propose the constraint large vortex simulation model in turbulence and obtained accurate calculation results of resistance and separated flow. “I combined Kraichnan’s mathematical ideas and ZHOU Peiyuan’s physical ideas to build a physical model which is currently the most possible and best one in my opinion to solve engineering application problems of turbulence; the model is used in aviation, navigation and other fields.”

He owes his achievements in Peking University to the scientific research environment at home which is an important reason why he decided to return to China. “Now the research environment in China is the best in the world in terms of hardware; the basic education for students is not inferior to that abroad; there are also sufficient international exchanges. What’s important is that the Chinese industrial circle needs turbulence research more urgently than the US. The urgent need brings heavy investment in turbulence research and thus promotes the development of the discipline.”

Success belongs to the team not an individual. CHEN Shiyi doesn’t avoid “personal gradual seclusion”. Last year, he published 18 papers, more than 10 of which were published on top journals of fluid mechanics. “I was dominant before, but now my colleagues and students are dominant. I think it’s like driving a car; even though I don’t step on the gas, the car is still running. I don’t have much time for research. But it doesn’t matter. I’m a scholar and I’ll continue my research after I leave the post of President.”

An energetic leader

His former colleague, a teacher at the Peking University College of Engineering told me, “He’s an absolute leader; he’s energetic to attend to both important matters and trivial ones properly and can choose the right person for a job.”

CHEN Shiyi doesn’t owe his achievements completely to his capability. “Chairman Mao said nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind on it. I’m used to doing research as a practitioner.” He used to raise funds for the Peking University College of Engineering and it turned out to be successful. But before returning, he knew little about fund-raising. He was Chair at Johns Hopkins University then and he turned to people who did fund-raising, learned from them and asked them how to raise funds, talked with others and obtained support. “So I think you achieve success not because you are capable but because you set your mind on one thing.”


CHEN Shiyi (first from left in the back row) finished postgraduate studies at Peking University in 1984

He sets his mind on many things and he knows others in communication. What he said reaches the bottom of people’s heart like an ice-breaking arrow. Many people still remember the scene when he made speeches: he is "very contagious", "not boastful”, “provides a large quantity of real data" and "his speech is exciting and shows us a bright future”. DENG Weiwei mentioned how CHEN Shiyi persuaded him to return to China in an article. When he met CHEN for the first time, what CHEN Shiyi said impressed him, “If you don't want to be an academician, you don't need to go to the SUSTech". CHEN Shiyi hoped that outstanding young people could reach the peak of academic research.

I asked Chen about leadership. He answered, “To be a so-called leader means to lead people, not himself or herself. The essence of being a leader is to pursue a common ground most of the time and to seek a compromise when there are different opinions”.

He pays attention to the development of his peers and whether talented returnees have platforms to exert their talents. There are many excellent academic leaders abroad. They know about the conditions at home and abroad. If they see the returnees are given better opportunities, many of them will return to China in the future. "A good scientist is also a wise leader. If a good scientist can't be an academic leader, who else can? I am lucky to secure the opportunity to exploit my talents. Given a better opportunity, many people can be good leaders. This what I have experienced and others also succeed."

"A once-in-a-lifetime decision"

On September 10 2017, CHEN Shiyi shared six photos at the opening ceremony of SUSTech. One of them was the photo of DENG Weiwei and him. DENG Weiwei said, “Joining SUSTech after returning to China is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' decision.” CHEN Shiyi thinks it’s exactly true.

So far he has made many important decisions: engaging in scientific research, returning to China to establish the Peking University College of Engineering and acting as President of SUSTech in Shenzhen. None of these decisions are made easily, but he regards every decision as a hard-won opportunity and keeps going firmly and confidently. He sees joining SUSTech as the most important and correct decision in his lifetime.

CHEN Shiyi at the 2017 convocation ceremony of SUSTech

In SUSTech, many professors gave up their steady jobs as teachers in top universities abroad and returned to China. Some of them have financial difficulties, but what attracts them is the opportunity to establish a first-class university together. By joining SUSTech, they may be founders of one of the world’s top universities in the next one or two hundred years.

CHEN Shiyi asked me, "Just think about it, if there is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before you, will you grasp it?"

Night falls and it's 19:30. Even if there is a choice made only once in a lifetime, the determination is always done in the twinkling of an eye, "For those who returned to China, they always remember the Chinese nationality deep in their hearts. They hope that China will grow strong and there will be a historically influential university around the whole country. So, I believe that the choice has nothing to do with my persuasion or capability but entirely with the era. The decision we made once in our lifetime is closely related to the development of China and the era of a bright future”.

Summer semester – SUSTechers’ Going Global

Summer semester - SUSTechers’ Going Global

Sep 20, 2017 Latest

This year, SUSTech is focusing keenly on the implementation of broad academic exchanges with overseas universities which has become a distinctive characteristic of the young university. In the summer of 2017, just over 300 students headed out to the USA, the UK, Canada and Poland to spend their summer program in institutes such as the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Birmingham, King’s College London, the University of British Columbia and 10 other top colleges and universities from around the world.


Students studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States

The overseas exchange programs were the perfect opportunity for young SUSTechers’ to expand their horizons and gain some experience across the world, which will strengthen their global and international vision. This is a major feature of SUSTech in its ambition to become a high-level research university. The students used the time to brush up on their language skills, but also engaged in academic courses, some of which could be unrelated to their usual studies - offering them a chance to truly broaden their perspectives from all angles and learn to become more independent. In the past many of the students who went on international exchanges have ended up continuing their studies abroad after SUSTech.


Students studying at the University of British Columbia in Canada


Land, Food and Healthy Eating: The Canadian Way


Sensory Evaluation Lab

During the summer courses, there wasn’t a single minute to lose. At the University of British Columbia, the students took up 2 courses over a 4-week period. The UBC Professional Summer Program offers a choice of 55 courses ranging from science to architecture, art, business, education, medicine or oceanography. In the Pharmacology course, students studied the “drug manufacturing process” and “personalized drugs” courses, and all students took a small exam at the end to make sure they had kept up with it all. The ones who took up architecture had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver to learn more about the local building style there, while the ones who chose nutrition attended a diet course dubbed “Land, Food and Healthy Eating: The Canadian Way”.


Students at the King’s College of London take a group photo


King’s College London Courses

At the King's College in London, the summer course was divided into two phases. Each period of three weeks offered students the chance to choose six courses covering subjects such as medicine, health, law and business. The ones who picked business courses studied analytical models and strategies of multinational corporations, globalization and small and medium-sized companies, and the diversified and international classroom composition and curriculum provided a diverse and rich backdrop for the students. At the University of Birmingham, students took part in a three-week course which covered British cultural heritage, mathematics, finance, biomedical engineering, film and media.

SUSTech offers the chance to take part in summer exchanges with a wide range of top universities overseas, and according to each application, the university will provide funding for their overseas study.

In order to ensure the safety and smooth running of the students’ travels, SUSTech offers briefings and organizes question-and-answer sessions on cultural differences and life abroad. Before the students go, the Global Engagement Office organizes for students to participate in pre-trip training and health and safety workshops to make sure they stay safe and healthy. The office has also set up a special public platform to help students ask questions in real-time and share their overseas study notes as well as other important information.

Text: Wang Ziyi, student news agency Li Ruxuan

Translated by: Jeremy Welburn