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KUST Chair Prof. ZHANG Yingjie leads delegation to visit Belgium and France

    On the morning of September 23, Prof. ZHANG Yingjie, Chair of the University Council, led the delegation back to Kunming after successful visit to Belgium and France. During their visits at the Leuven University of Belgium, ICN Business School, the Paris International Energy Agency, the Paris National Institute of Advanced Chemistry, and met with Chinese overseas students there, they carried out a series of recruitment and tried to bring some talents for KUST.


    On September 16, upon arrival in Leuven, Belgium, Prof. ZHANG Yingjie and Vice-President MA Wenhui immediately had a talk with Dr. Chen Jian, who came to Leuven University to attend the 43rd International ISMA-USD Noise and Vibration Engineering Conference. Professor CHEN, the student of Robert Bond Randall, a world-renowned professor in the field of signal processing and currently works at the University of Leicester. Prof. ZHANG and Vice-President MA invited Mr. CHEN to visit KUST one day and jointly carry out researches with us.



     On the 17th, the delegation visited the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), met with Professor GUO Muxing, the chief scientist of pyrometallurgy, and introduced KUST to more than 10 Chinese doctoral students in that department. They showed warm welcome to invite them to work in KUST after graduation, receiving positive responses. Prof. GUO briefed the basic information of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the Leuven , and discussed about the joint application on EU programs, joint training of graduate students, scholar visiting and so on and reached preliminary fruit. Professor GUO accompanied the delegation to visit the laboratory of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and explained the history and  tradition of the University of Leuven.



     On the 18th, the delegation went to Nancy, France, to visit the ICN Business School. Vice-President Jean-Claude Grass and the International Cooperation Division, Ms. Boutin, had a meeting with our delegation. Ms. Boutin highlighted the international cooperation projects at both its undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They also showed keen interest in the scale of our school, the level of teaching and research, and the location advantage for South Asia and Southeast Asia. The two sides had a fruitful discussion in teacher visits, enrollment of French overseas students, jointly training of students, and signed a memorandum of cooperation between the two universities. The ICN Business School was founded in 1905 by the Nancy University and the Meurthe-et-Moselle Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was renamed in 2002. The school is affiliated to the National University of Lorraine and is one of the earliest established business schools in France. It has been ranked among the top 50 European business schools for many years. The school's Master of Management program ranks 20-50 in the world for the seven consecutive years in the UK Financial Times. The school is also traditionally good at financial, auditing, accounting major, and is one of the two schools that are eligible to be accredited by the French Financial Market Regulatory Authority. One of the several schools that all courses are CFA (International Registered Financial Analyst) ) certified. It enjoys three certifications of the world's top AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, and it is one of the few business schools in the world to have all these three authority certifications.



    On the 19th, the delegation ended its visit in Nancy and moved to Paris. On the morning of the 20th, the delegation visited the International Energy Agency, which is based in Paris. Dr. David Benazeraf, Deputy Director of the China Cooperation Department of the International Energy Agency, chaired the meeting. Ms. Aya Yoshida, Head of the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Cooperation Department, introduced the cooperation between the Energy Agency and China. Energy analysis expert Andrew Prag presented the Energy Agency's changes in China's energy consumption. Senior energy analysis expert Cecilia Tam introduced the research results of the world clean energy industry. Prof. ZHANG Yingjie introduced our situation and the school's achievements in new energy research. Vice President MA Wenhui introduced the policy of Yunnan to be strong in green energy, and the cooperation between the school and Laos, Myanmar and other countries. The two sides reached consensus on cooperation in energy policy research, clean energy technology transfer, and provision of postgraduate internship opportunities. The International Energy Agency (IEA), an intergovernmental organization established by the United Nations Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in response to the energy crisis in November 1974, its headquartered in in Paris, France. The purpose of the International Energy Agency is to promote a sound energy policy globally, establish a stable international oil market information system, improve the global energy supply and demand structure and coordinate member countries' environmental and energy policies. The IEA Secretariat has become an authority in global energy statistics.



     On the afternoon of the September 20, the delegation visited the National Institute of Advanced Chemistry (Chimie ParisTech) affiliated to the French National Science Center (CNRS). The deputy director of the Institute of International Cooperation, Antoine Mercier, introduced the situation of the college, and then the two sides carried out enthusiastic academic exchanges and discussions. Professor M. Cassir introduced the research team of interface, electrochemistry and energy. Professor P. Marcus introduced the metal surface physical chemistry research team. Dr. Jolanta Swiatowska studied the research in the field of corrosion and new energy. Dr. LI Xue of KUST introduced the research work of the national local joint engineering laboratory team of lithium ion battery and material preparation technology. After discussion, the two sides decided to gradually promote cooperation in the areas of sample analysis and data sharing, joint publication of papers, joint training of graduate students, and joint application of scientific research projects. After the meeting, Professor P. Marcus accompanied our delegation to visit the college laboratory. Founded in 1939, the French National Science Center (CNRS) is France's largest scientific and technological research institution and one of the largest basic research institutions in Europe. It is currently part of the French National Ministry of Education, Research and Technology. Founded in 1896, the National Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Paris (also known as Chimie ParisTech) is the founding member of the Paris-based High Tech Group and the Paris University of Arts and Sciences. It is the top one chemical school in France. The school's curriculum is closely integrated with social and economic development. It attaches great importance to the cultivation of students' innovative ability, action and open thinking. For more than 100 years, it has trained many elites for French, including Nobel Prize winners, academicians of the French Academy of Sciences, founders of Fortune 500 companies, etc. The research direction covers many fields of chemical science, especially in the fields of polymer materials, new energy materials, biomedical materials and molecular chemistry.


     On the 21st, the delegation visited TANG Lingzhi, a teacher of our school in the Confucius Institute of Loire, France, to express their concern for overseas teachers. As it near to the Mid-Autumn Festival, Prof. ZHANG wish all overseas teachers and students would be happy in our traditional festival, and cherish the opportunities to study abroad, make sure to learn advanced professional knowledge and know more about the history and culture of them so that become a cultural messenger between China and foreign countries.


     On the morning of September 22, Prof. ZHANG led the delegation back to China after visit in Belgium and France. During the whole visit, Prof. ZHANG always try to promote the implementation of the school's internationalization strategy and found new partners in Europe's world-class research institutions and universities, which not only deepened mutual understanding and cooperation but also ensure that the fruit of the visit would be implemented. Besides,she also vigorously promoted KUST to them, and launched a publicity campaign for talent introduction, expressing the true desire for cherish talents, seek talents, and use talents. The visit fulfilled the expected tasks and was a complete success.



Translated: WU Shuo, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Edited by: Prof. CHE Yongping, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Source: Foreign Exchange center

Issued by: Division of Overseas Cooperation

Edited by: KUST News Center (Chinese)