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A rapidly developing international friendship

Staff and student mobility, a cooperative education programme and the possibility of a joint research center in artificial intelligence and data science. A delegation from Chinese partner XJTU paid a fruitful visit to the Faculty of Science in the last week of October.

‘Leiden University and XJTU have rapidly developed a very close friendship in the past year,’ said Hester Bijl, vice rector magnificus of Leiden University, during the visit from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) on 30 October. ‘XJTU is one of the most important partners for Leiden in China and we are looking forward to broaden and deepen the collaborations.’

Four presidential visits

In the past year, XJTU and Leiden University paid no less than four presidential level visits to each other. Purpose of the most recent visit was to broaden and deepen the collaborations between two universities, for which a memory of understanding was signed between both universities.

Staff and student mobility

XJTU especially wishes to join forces in the field of science. Therefore, multiple agreements were also signed with the Leiden Faculty of Science. Goal of these  agreements is to facilitate staff and student mobility on all levels, including bachelors, masters and PhDs, as well as visiting professors and other scientists. During the most recent visit, a new agreement was signed on a cooperative education programme between the Faculty of Science and Qian Xuesen College, XJTU’s honours college. Earlier in October, LUMC also signed an agreement with XJTU about student exchange.

Joint research center computer sciences

The Faculty of Science and XJTU further agreed on exploring the possibility of developing a joint research center in the fields of artificial intelligence and data science. Both parties appointed key people to follow up on this initiative.

The Chinese delegation was headed by XJTU provost and vice president, Professor Zheng Qinghua. It also included XJTU key persons in the field of science and internationalization: Professor Sen Yang, executive dean of the College of Qian Xuesen; Professor Hong Gao, vice dean of the School of Science; Professor Qiuling Chao, deputy director of the Department of International Cooperation & Exchange and Juan Wang, assistant dean of the College of Qian Xuesen.

Xi’an Jiaotong University delegation visiting Leiden University, 28 - 30 October

List of XJTU delegation members

Professor Qinghua Zheng (郑庆华): provost and vice president

Professor Sen Yang (杨森): executive dean College of Qian Xuesen (honours college)

Professor Hong Gao (高宏) : vice-dean School of Science

Professor Qiuling Chao (钞秋玲) : deputy director Department of International Cooperation & Exchanges

Mrs. Juan Wang (王娟):assistant dean of College of Qian Xuesen

A selection from the programme

Time

Programme

Leiden participant(s)

28 October

Arrival

 

29 October

Amsterdam culture tour

Student volunteers from Leiden Science China Community

30 October

9:00-9:30

Welcome meeting hosted by

Hester Bijl

-Prof. Hester Bijl ,vice rector magnificus

- Dr. Ingrid d’Hooghe, China Coordinator Leiden University

- Dr. Gert Jan van Helden, director internationalization, Faculty of Science

- Yun Tian, China officer, Faculty of Science

 

10:00 -11:00

Leiden cruise tour

 

11:00 – 12:00

Leiden Hortus botanicus tour

Prof. Paul Kessler, director Hortus botanicus

 

12:00 – 13:45

Lunch meeting

-Prof. dr. Douwe Breimer, former rector magnificus and president Leiden University /professor emeritus of Pharmacology

-Prof. dr. Paul Kessler, director Hortus botanicus

-Dr. Eline Bergeijk, educational director Honours Academy

- Prof. dr. Paul van der Werf, director of education of Astronomy, Professor of Extragalactic astrophysics

- Prof. dr. Fons Verbeek, Professor of Computational bio-imaging

-Dr. Marcel de Jeu, associate professor Mathematics

-Kevin Duisters, deputy director Statistical Science

- Yun Tian, China officer, Faculty of Science

14:30 – 15:30

Meeting with Faculty of Science

  • Welcome and presentation by Geert de Snoo;
  • Presentation of Qian Xuesen College
  • Signing Ceremony (MoA on Cooperative Academic Programme)
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- Prof. dr. Geert de Snoo, Dean and Chairman of Board of the Faculty of Science, Professor of Conservation biology

- Prof.dr. Han de Winde, Vice-dean Professor of Industrial biotechnology

- Prof. dr. Paul van der Werf, director of education of Astronomy/ professor of Extragalactic astrophysics

- Prof.dr. Bart de Smit, director of education MI / professor of Algebra and number theory

- Dr. Marcello Bonsangue, director of education LIACS / associate professor

-Dr. Marcel de Jeu, associate professor Mathematics

-Kevin Duisters, deputy director Statistical Science

-Dr. Ming Ming Hu, CML

- Dr. Gert Jan van Helden, internationalisation  officer, Faculty of Science

- Dr. Marianne van Driel, internationalisation and PR staff member Astronomy

- Yun Tian, China officer, Faculty of Science

 

15:30-17:00

Lab visit

Prof.dr. Han de Winde, vice dean Faculty of Science / professor of Industrial biotechnology

- Dr. Gert Jan van Helden, Officer internationalization Faculty of Science

- Yun Tian, China officer, Faculty of Science

 

19:00

Departure

 

 

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