To strengthen cooperation with the world top universities, during September 25 to October 4, Professor Qu Shaobing, Head of Guangzhou University (GU) Council, led a delegation to visit seven universities, namely University of Padova in Italy, University of Cologne, University of Frankfurt, Heidelberg University in Germany and University of Birmingham, Keele University and University of Cambridge in the U.K. Nearly 20 cooperative projects have been discussed.
During September 25th to 27th, the delegation visited the University of Padova and participated in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of collaboration between the University of Padova and Guangzhou University as well as the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Padova (Padova meets Guangzhou). Agreement on setting up the China-Italy International Joint Research Center for Protection of Historic Architectures and Cultural Heritage was signed. The two sides discussed about the co-tutelage programs in PhD students, jointly training postgraduate and undergraduate students, and cooperation in the fields of geography, environment, astrophysics, big data, cultural heritage, engineering, architecture and human rights research. During the visit, the delegation also met head of the local government, participated in the opening ceremony of the "Guangzhou University Chinese Language International Education Practice Base" at the Confucius Institute, and visited the martial arts teaching base and Chinese language teaching school of the Confucius Institute at the University of Padova. Delegates also watched the wonderful show performed by Guangzhou University Ballet.
Performance by Guangzhou University Ballet was capitalized by Hanban and gave five shows around Italian cities and universities. The show in University of Padova has promoted cultural exchange between the two universities and two countries. Luo Ping, Counsellor of Education, Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Rome attended the related activities hosted in the University of Padova.
On September 28, GU delegation visited University of Cologne and held meeting with Professor Stefan Kramer from Chinese culture institute and other responsible persons. The “1+4” agreement has been reached, namely “1” is to sign the cooperation framework agreement between GU and University of Cologne. “4” is to sign four specific agreements, namely setting up the China-German Comparative Literature Institute, agreement on jointly training PhD students (the co-supervisor programs), postgraduate co-tutelage and exchange students agreements. The two sides also formulated a timetable to push forward the cooperation.
On September 29, the delegation visited Confucius Institute at the University of Frankfurt. The two sides exchanged on the experiences of the work related to Confucius Institute. GU delegation also attended the activities in celebration of the “World Confucius Day” hosted by the CI.
On September 30, delegates visited Heidelberg University and talked with the responsible persons of its language center about the summer courses of GU students and cooperative projects in geographical environment and foreign languages.
On the morning of October 2, the delegation visited the University of Birmingham and held a discussion with Professor Jon Frampton, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (China) of University of Birmingham. President Qu conveyed the greetings from the city leaders and the invitation to join the Sister City University Alliance. The two universities reached a consensus on enhancing collaboration in urban resilience, environmental governance and building research platforms.
On the afternoon of October 2, the delegation visited Keele University and held talks with 11 representatives such as Vice Chancellor Mark Ormerod and David Amigoni. Based on the past cooperation of the undergraduate and postgraduate students in life sciences, the two sides discussed and reached the preliminary intention of jointly training doctoral students and master students. In addition, delegates explored collaboration in the fields of humanities, history, geography, economic management, business management, and intelligent energy. Then GU delegation made a cooperative plan with Nicolas, Director of the Institute of Medical Science and Technology of Keele University, regarding the joint stem cell laboratory and training PhD and postgraduate students.
On October 3, the delegation visited Corpus Christi College at University of Cambridge and met the famous local writer Professor Nicolas Chrimes, to talk about the university culture and sustainable development. Prof. Qu exchanged with Prof. Nicolas about his opinions on development of humanities in GU and invited Professor Nicolas to give lectures at GU. The project leader of Corpus Christi College also discussed the specific cooperative issues relating students in the innovation experiment class of GU with the delegates and agreed to build the Oversea Campus of Guangzhou University in Cambridge.
This visit has greatly strengthened friendship and collaboration between GU and the seven universities. During the visit, the delegation also met GU PhD students who study astrophysics, psychology and architecture in University of Padova, GU undergraduate students who participated in the “2+2” program in civil engineering, computer science, mathematics and studied in the University of Birmingham, and the outstanding undergraduate students in life sciences from GU studying in Keele University currently (the National Scholarship Council Project).