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Chinese delegation visits Faculty of Science

Leiden University strengthens the collaboration with the Chinese Xi’an Jiaotong University. The Chinese delegation visited the Faculty of Science to talk about collaborations in the field of life science and data science.

Memorandum of Understanding

The Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) from Xi'an – located at the heart of China – is one of China’s so-called C9-universities: nice of the best Chinese universities. A delegation of this university visited Leiden University last week. On Tuesday 22 November XJTU-president Shuguo Wang and Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

Collaboration with the Faculty

Geert de Snoo and Shuguo Wang sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The XJTU is well known to the Faculty of Science: various researchers from this faculty have been working for years already with the Chinese university. On Wednesday 23 November the XJTU visited the faculty. The faculty and the XJTU signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to seal the successful collaboration in the past years and to esnure new possibilities for future collaborations. In this memorandum they made agreements about the exchange of staff and students and about joint research. Both universities have noticed that the fields of life science and data science are particularly interesting for collaborations. Therefore, the ‘Data Driven Bioscience Programme’ will start soon, led by Professors Ad IJzerman and Kai Ye.  

Header picture, from right to left: Qian Guo, representative of CSC; Kai Ye, Professor Bioinformatics XJTU; Ad IJzerman, Professor Pharmacochemistry; Prof. Qiuling Chao, deputy director Department of International Cooperation & Exchanges XJTU; Eric-Wubbo Lameijer, associate professor Bioinformatics; Prof. Shuguo Wang, president of XJTU; Prof. Geert de Snoo, Dean Faculty of Science; Prof. Binyin Shi, Dean First Affiliated Hospital Medical School; Prof. Herman Spaink, Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Biology; Prof. Aske Plaat, Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science; Yasmin Kursun, coordinator student exchange; Gert Jan van Helden, coordinator international relations. 

Chinese website Faculty of Science

Simultaneously with the visit of the Chinese delegation, the Faculty of Science launched her new Chinese website. This site contains information about research and education at the faculty and is specifically targeted to potential (PhD-)students that are thinking about doing a beta-programme or beta-PhD in Leiden. Furthermore, the website informs about current news and upcoming activities. 

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