To promote cooperation in scientific innovation, finance and education between China and the U.K. under the framework of comprehensive strategic partnership, Sun Yanming, Vice President of Guangzhou University (GU) led a delegation to British universities during June 14 to 17.
On the morning of June 14, GU delegation attended China (Guangdong) – U.K. (London) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference. Witnessed by Hu Chunhua, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to U.K., Craig, Minister of State for Trade of the U.K., Lord Sassoon, President of the U.K.-China Trade Association as well as Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou City, GU Vice President Sun signed MOU with Dr. Mark Bacon, representative to President of Keele University.
During the visit, GU delegates visited Cambridge University, Birmingham University, Keele University and other world-renowned universities. Vice President Sun met Prof. Malcolm Longair, Director of Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University as well as Academician of Britain’s National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Timothy Harvey-Samuel, Executive Dean of Corpus Christi College of the University of Cambridge, Professor Jon Frampton, Vice President of the University of Birmingham, Professor John R.Bryson, Academician of Britain’s Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Richard Luther and Professor Jonathan Sewling, Vice Presidents of Keele University.
Vice President Sun discussed cooperative programs with those universities including launching innovative doctoral training program with Cavendish Laboratory of University of Cambridge, carrying out summer research programs for undergraduate students with Corpus Christi College of the University of Cambridge, establishing GU - University of Birmingham Service and Urban Development Joint Research Center and inviting the University of Birmingham as the initiator of "Guangzhou Sister Cities University Alliance". Under the all-round cooperation framework between GU and the University of Keele, the two sides agreed to enhance scientific research level of GU - UK Gene Interference and Application Joint Research Center. The two universities will strengthen collaboration in talents cultivation at undergraduate, graduate and doctor’s levels in the field of life sciences, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, human tissue engineering, intelligent energy networks, cloud computing and big data science.
Vice President Sun also conferred letters of employment as visiting professors to Professor Nicholas Forsyth, Director of Medical and Science and Technology Center of University of Keele, as well as Professor Yang Ying, Project Director of Medical and Science and Technology Center of University of Keele. He also paid a visit to biochemical laboratory of the Medical and Science and Technology Center and met GU students who pursued PhD degree in the University of Keele.