SCUT to expand cooperation with University of Idaho
2017-07-12 readCount:609
The partnership between SCUT and the University of Idaho (UI) is entering the second five-year period of the Confucius Institute program, while faculty and student exchanges and cooperation in teaching and research will be expanded to more fields such as food engineering and forestry.
Chuck Staben, UI’s President, and Larry Stauffer, Dean of UI’s College of Engineering, paid a visit to SCUT on July 4 to talk about the further cooperation. The guests were received by Zhang Xichun, Secretary of the CPC SCUT Committee, at the Liwu Building of Science and Technology.
Zhang Xichun praised that the tasks at the Confucius Institute at the University of Idaho (UICI) were carried out effectively, which played an instrumental role in the spread of Chinese language and culture. Exchange exercises that were conducted based on the institute have established acquaintance and mutual trust between the two partners, encouraging SCUT to continue efforts with UI to promote Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture, and thus to help forge tighter links between China and the US in education and culture, as well as in building mutual trust and friendship.
Chuck Staben, who was on his second visit to SCUT, was convinced of UICI’s roles and the previous cooperation between the two universities. He pointed out that agriculture is one of the three economic mainstays of the State of Idaho, and UI is a leading teaching and research institution in particular specialized in agriculture-related areas. He expected to set up various channels of communication and collaboration with SCUT in areas such as food product processing, food safety and forestry.
Zhang Xichun indicated that food safety is a national strategic priority in China’s blueprint of the “Healthy China 2030”, and SCUT is quite looking forward to seeing the cooperation with UI in food-related areas. After introducing SCUT’s initiative of building the Guangzhou International Campus, he invited UI to join the new campus program as a partner.
Those who attended the meeting also included Zhu Min, SCUT’s Vice President, Liu Huanbin, former President of SCUT, and heads of SCUT’s International Office, the School of International Education, the School of Food Science and Engineering and the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. UI’s delegation, after the meeting, had a tour at SCUT’s State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Idaho, established by SCUT and UI in 2013, was the second Confucius Institute that involved SCUT’s participation. On July 6, Zhu Min and Chuck Staben made a travel to Hanban, the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, to discuss details of the institute’s second five-year period.

Source from the International Office
Translated by Xu Peimu and Cheng Yu
Edited by Xu Peimu and Deng Langchu