On September 12, 2012, Peter Gregson, the President of Queen’s University Belfast, led a delegation to visit Shanghai University, which was his third visit to Shanghai University since 2009. The main purpose of this trip was to listen to the achievements of “UK-China Science Bridge” program, to sign cooperation agreement “joint training of the bachelor/master's degree” program, and to negotiate how to deepen international cooperation between Shanghai University and Queen’s University Belfast. The delegation consisted of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences，Prof. Sean Gorman, Head of School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science，Prof. Stan Scott, Prof. Kang Li，Director of Marketing and Recruitment，Mr. Alan Preece， International Ambassador Mr. Michael Gribbs ，Country Manager of International Office，Mrs. Monica Yang, etc.
University Council’s Chairman Yu Xinhui cordially met with President Peter Gregson and the delegation, and attended “Summary of UK-China Science Bridge & signing ceremony on Joint-Program between Shanghai University and Queen's University Belfast”. Gong Siyi, Assistant President and Director of Foreign Affairs Office, He Ying, vice Dean of School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Professor Fei Minrui and Professor Yu Yingjie, vice Director of Automation Department, Xu Yulin attended the meeting. The meeting was presided by Professor Gong Siyi.
Professor Yu spoke highly of the achievements between Shanghai University and Queen’s University Belfast, under the impetus of “UK-China Science Bridge”. Recalled the close cooperation gradually-established deep friendship between the two schools since 2004, Professor Fei Minrui and Professor Kang Li were highly affirmed for their outstanding contributions. Professor Yu hoped that based on the agreement, the two universities would continue to broaden the cooperation and lead to greater success. President Peter Gregson then also made an important speech, and fully affirmed the fruitful results of the two universities under the impetus of “UK-China Science Bridge” and given the high expectations of the wide-ranging and in-depth cooperation. President Peter Gregson humorously said Professor Fei Minrui and Professor Kang Li had built a science "bridge" between Queen's University Belfast and Shanghai University. Meeting participants listened attentively to the report given by Professor Fei Minrui, Professor Li Kang and Dr. Niu Qun.
Professor Yu and Professor Peter Gregson signed an Undergraduate/Postgraduate Joint Training Agreement under the witness of the participants, which marked Shanghai University and Queen’s University Belfast would cooperate in the new expansion of undergraduate education. It is certain to promote the implementation of the international strategy.
In the morning of September 12, 2012, we co-organized the "UK-China Science Bridge Forum”. Director of the Chinese Department of the British Research Council, Dr. Alicia Greated, Deputy Ministry of Science and Technology Science and Technology Exchange Center of China, Xing Jijun, Deputy Director of Information Department of the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation, Zhang Zhaotian, Secretary of Shanghai Municipal science and Technology Commission, Ma Xingfa, British Consulate General in Shanghai Science and Technology Consul Mr. Tim Standbrook, President of Queen's University Belfast, Sir Peter Gregson, Executive vice President of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Academician Lin Zhongqin, and Academician Wu Cheng from Department of Automation of Tsinghua University attended this forum. Vice President of Shanghai University, Professor Wu Song led a delegation attended the meeting, and spoke on behalf of Shanghai University, as an important partner of "UK-China Science Bridge".
“UK-China Science Bridge” program was one of the consensuses reached by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the high-level dialogue. In 2009, Queen's University Belfast bore a "Sustainable Energy and Built Environment" Science Bridge program, which was one of the four “UK-China Science Bridge” Programs supported by the British Government. Project partners included 14 famous institutes and large enterprises, such as, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai University, etc.
Cooperation between Shanghai University and Queen’s University Belfast has been lasted for 8 years. Since 2004, Shanghai University and Queen's University developed very active research cooperation and academic exchanges, and undertaken four projects of British EPSRC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and three projects of Shanghai Municipal Government, which were awarded Innovation Prize by China International Industry Fair, First Progress Prize and Second Progress Prize in Shanghai Science and Technology, and First Progress Prize by China Machinery Industry. Six doctors and two young teachers have taken Joint PhD training in the United Kingdom for more than one year, of whom four have obtained a doctorate, two young teachers have undertaken three projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and won the 2009 Shanghai Education Commission dawn of Talents Scheme and the 2012 Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission the Venus personnel plan ; More than 30 papers have been published in international journals and conferences with cooperation; Five professors have been hired as visiting professors of counterpart universities, especially including two academicians of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering. Developing very frequent exchange of visits, 30-40 people from UK have visited Shanghai University, and we have met with the delegation of Queen's University Belfast six times. We have together successfully held two important international academic conferences (2007, 2010) with about 600 participants and more than 300,000 website traffic totally.
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