From November 7 to 11, SDU President Zhang Rong led the delegation to visit the University of Chicago (UChicago) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He signed the Addendum to Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation Agreement with the two universities respectively to promote strategic cooperation.
On November 8, Zhang met with Daniel Diermeier, Provost of the UChicago. They reviewed the fruitful achievements gained from cooperation in the fields of politics, archaeology, marine science, inter-religious research, entrepreneurship and innovation since the signing of Memorandum of Cooperation in 2011. Zhang introduced SDU's international cooperation and development plan and hoped that both sides could expand more extensive and in-depth fields of cooperation by taking advantage of the development of Qingdao campus. Daniel thanked Zhang for his great support and expressed appreciation for the achievements made between the two universities. With each and every confidence in the prospect of mutual cooperation, he said UChicago and SDU were building a new kind of strategic partnership of cooperation and the increasing research cooperation and personnel exchange would greatly promote the Sino-US educational exchanges.
After the meeting, Zhang and Daniel signed the Addendum to Memorandum of Understanding between Shandong University and University of Chicago. They decided to jointly build the Institute of Government at Qingdao Campus, organize academic activities and enhance research cooperation in government administration. They also reached consensus on continuously deepening cooperation in marine science, entrepreneurship and innovation, etc.
Zhang also paid a visit to Booth School of Business and Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and met with scholars like Randall Kronszer. Dali Yang, Senior Adviser to the President (Global Initiatives), Michael Kulma, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives and John Flavin, Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation attended related activities.
During the visit to Virginia Tech from November 9 to 10, Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Tech and Zhang attended the signing ceremony of the establishment of the Shandong University – Virginia Tech Joint College of Interdisciplinary Studies (COIS) and signed the Cooperation Agreement. According to the agreement, the two universities will build an engineering-based Joint College characterized by interdisciplinary development at Qingdao Campus in 2018 to conduct all-round cooperation including joint cultivation of dual-degree students, research and transformation of scientific and technological achievements etc. Zhang and Timothy agreed that similar school-running concept was the corner-stone for comprehensive cooperation between the two universities, and the substantive cooperation over the past eleven years had laid a solid foundation for the establishment of the Joint College. The signing of the agreement not only marks a new chapter of exchanges between the two universities but also indicates a new direction for Sino-US educational exchanges and cooperation.
During the visit, Zhang had an overall observation of the running state of Virginia Tech and had discussions with the managing staff of the university and colleges as well as teachers and students. He also met with SDUers studying at Virginia Tech, listened carefully to their suggestions and encouraged them to better demonstrate the spirits of SDU students at abroad.
During the visit to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at the University of Chicago in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on November 11, Zhang and the delegation had discussions with MBL Director Huntington Willard and other scholars. Zhang introduced the research characteristic and developing plan of the Institute of Marine Science and Technology of SDU, and the two sides had an in-depth discussion on joint educational programs and cooperation on marine biology and other fields etc.
Representatives from Institute of Marine Science and Technology, Sino-US International Science and Technology Innovation Park as well as Department of International Affairs of SDU accompanied the delegation.
Tranlated by: Lang Cuicui, Zhao Yan
Photo by: Sun Qiuchen
Edited by: Che Huiqing