Strengthening cooperation with universities in Europe
December 11,2017 18:12:29 readCount:522

SCUT is looking forward to strengthening ties with European universities in a more extensive scale, after a delegation led by Zhang Xichun, Secretary of the CPC SCUT committee, paid a series of visits to Finland, Italy, and Sweden from November 27 to December 6.
During visiting, cooperative issues concerning joint degree programs, students and faculty exchanges, building SCUT’s Guangzhou International Campus, and running joint laboratories were developed and expanded between SCUT and its partners, among which were the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Uppsala University, Sweden.
At Aalto University, Finland, SCUT’s delegation attended the annual workshop of the Sino European Engineering Education Platform (SEEEP)* and the annual symposium of the Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER)**.
In Italy, after the delegates’ meeting with leaders of the Polytechnic University of Turin including Vector Marco Gilli and Vice Rector Bernardino Chiaia, they signed an agreement to facilitate the Erasmus Student Exchange Program, and renewed the contract of co-running the South China-Turin Joint Laboratory.
SCUT’s delegation, taking Sweden as an important stop of the travel, for the first time set up contact with Uppsala University, which was founded in 1477 as the first university in Scandinavia. During the conversation, the two sides reached a preliminary agreement on a few student exchange programs, as they in addition explored possibilities of working together under the framework of the Guangzhou International Campus and intended to set up joint laboratories.
At the Royal Institute of Technology also in Sweden, the delegation had a meeting with Stefan Östlund, KTH’s Vice President for global relations and overall international cooperation, and they signed an agreement on student exchange programs.
* SEEEP, or SE3P, was an initiative promoted by the Chinese Ministry of Education and was launched in September 2010. It currently includes 12 institutions in Europe and 18 in China, and aims to advance substantial collaboration among these institutions. SCUT hosted the last session of the platform’s annual workshop in Guangzhou, 2016.
** CLUSTER is a consortium of 12 elite European universities in science and engineering (and architecture) with about 3,000 professors, 11,000 academic staff, 14,000 PhD students, and more than 140,000 students.

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