UBC has signed a historic agreement with China’s Universities. Photo: iStockphoto/pengpeng
UBC and Chinese universities sign landmark agreements on research, joint degrees and student exchange
The University of British Columbia has signed an unprecedented number of partnerships with leading Chinese universities that are expected to pave the way for greater academic and cultural exchange between Canada and China.
Four agreements will establish joint degree programs between UBC and highly respected universities, including Peking, Zhejiang, Fudan, and Southwest universities.
Two agreements will focus on promoting research collaboration. UBC and Chongqing University have agreed to set up a new materials laboratory that will study alloys, and Beijing University of Chemical Technology is partnering with UBC to establish a centre for clean energy research.
UBC also signed student mobility programs with Zhejiang University and Chongqing Municipal Education Commission that will establish two-way educational exchanges between UBC and China.
The agreements were signed during UBC President Arvind Gupta’s recent mission in China.
“These new collaborations will deepen the ties that exist between UBC and China, and link UBC more closely with Asia and the Pacific,” President Gupta said. “The scientific and educational breakthroughs resulting from these partnerships will benefit the wider global community.”
As part of his China tour, Gupta met with key government and education officials including Hao Ping, vice minister of education; Zhang Jianguo, minister of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs; Wu Gang, vice-mayor of Chongqing; and Liu Jinghui, secretary general of the China Scholarship Council.
B.C. Minister for Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Special Representative in Asia Ben Stewart, and Philippe Rheault, Canada’s consul-general in Chongqing, joined Gupta in some of the meetings.
In Chongqing, Gupta visited a research centre for Alzheimer’s disease and childhood development disorders at Chongqing Medical University, one of UBC’s largest and most successful joint projects in China.
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