During August 31 to September 5, Guo Xingpeng, Vice-president of Guangzhou University (GU) led a delegation to visit universities in Linköping, Sweden, and Jyvaskyla and Tampere in Finland.
During the exchange with responsible persons of local universities and education sectors, Vice-president Guo Xingpeng introduced the strategic plan and progress of developing the highest level university as well as promotion of international cooperation and exchange. He also explained the initiative of establishing the international university alliance of GU and its sister cities in which GU takes lead to carry out. The two sides also reached a consensus on the exchange programs of undergraduate students, mutual visits among teachers, scientific and technological collaboration as well as primary and secondary school teachers training.
GU delegation visited Linköping University (LiU) and attended the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of establishing the sister-city relationship between Guangzhou and Linköping. The plaque unveiling ceremony of the LiU office of “Linköping University - Guangzhou University Center on Urban Sustainable Development” was hosted on September 1. Participants included Ms. Elizabeth, Provincial Governor of County Administrative Board of Ostergötland, Ms. Helena, Mayor of the City of Linköping, Mr. Dou Chunxiang, Counselor of Education of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sweden, Mr. Wang Dong, Vice Mayor of Guangzhou Municipality and GU Vice-president Guo Xingpeng. During the visit, GU delegation also exchanged views with Pro Vice-chancellor (PVC) of LiU, responsible persons of relevant departments and professors about deepening cooperation in various fields and preparation work for establishing the international university alliance of GU and its sister cities.
On September 4, the delegation had in-depth exchanges with the Mr. Ma Heqi, PVC and related leaders of JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Vice-president Guo expressed his hope that the two sides could strengthen collaboration in engineering, information security, logistics management and innovation education. PVC Ma totally agreed with Vice-president Guo’s ideas and would like to propel exchanges among teachers and students, joint curriculum construction and special education teacher training. Delegates also visited the GU exchange student.
On September 5, delegates held talks with leaders of the Tampere Development Bureau, the Education Bureau, the University of Tampere, the Tampere Polytechnic University, the Tampere Institute of Applied Technology and the head of the University of Tampere. Vice-President Guo hoped that the universities in Tampere could play an active role in establishing the international university alliance of GU and its sister cities and enhance cooperation in intelligent manufacturing, smart city, life health and information engineering with GU. Tampere municipality and leaders of the three universities said they would further expand cooperation with GU, and actively participate in the preparation work of establishing the alliance. Tampere University and Tampere Polytechnic University promised that the number of exchange students they accept will rise up from 2 to 20 next year.