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Chair ZHANG Yingjie Visits Universities and Institutions in Denmark, Sweden and Norway

From January 14th to 20th,  Prof. ZHANG Yingjie, Chair of the University Committee, KUST, and her delegation visited universities and relevant institutions in Denmark, Sweden and Norway by invitation. The delegation is composed of the heads of School of International Education (SIE), Division of Personnel, Division of Teaching Administration, and Division of Overseas Cooperation, as well as the relevant staff members from School of International.

 

 

On the 14th, Chair ZHANG Yingjie and her delegation paid a visit to ZHAO ShirenCounsellor of Educational and Cultural Section, Chinese Embassy in Denmark. The Copenhagen Business Confucius Classroom established by KUST has promoted the dissemination and promotion of the Chinese language and culture in Denmark, deepened the mutual understanding between two peoples, and it will promote further exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the future, said Counsellor ZHAO. Chair ZHANG Yingjie responded that KUSTers will actively respond to President Xi Jinping's call to expand opening up, strengthen cultural confidence, promote Chinese culture to the world, and build a bridge for exchanging high-end Sino-Danish culture through the Confucius Classroom; KUST faculties will support the Confucius Classroom to establish its own characteristics and standards, promote the higher quality development of Confucius Classroom, so as to make contributions to China and Denmark in building a community of shared future for mankind.

 

 

On the 15th, at Bleking Institute of Technology (BTH) in Sweden, Chair ZHANG Yingjie and her delegation had a discussion with Mats Viberg, President of BTH, and the heads of BTH departments and faculties, including International Office, Department of Spatial Planning, and Faculty of Engineering. President Viberg and Chair ZHANG Yingjie respectively briefed teaching, scientific research, and international cooperation of BTH and KUST. They reviewed and affirmed the history and experience of cooperation and exchanges between the two universities, and expressed their desire to deepen cooperation and exchanges. The representatives of both universities also renewed the teacher-student exchange agreement.

 

 

On the 16th, Chair ZHANG Yingjie and her delegation had a meeting with Prof. Stefan ?stlund, Vice President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Prof. Sebastian Sichel, Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Mats Berg, Director of the Department of Vehicle Engineering, and Dr. LIU Zhendong. Vice President ?stlund introduced the faculty settings of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and the University’s current cooperation projects with Swedish enterprises, government departments and relevant Chinese universities. Prof. Sichel and Dr. LIU Zhendong introduced the research work of the teams from the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Vehicle Engineering, especially the innovative research results of high-speed rail supporting technology of the university's Railway Research Institute. Chair ZHANG Yingjie introduced the research situation of KUST in engineering, especially the research results in traffic engineering, mechanical engineering and new materials, and expressed the willingness to strengthen cooperative research in related fields. The representatives from both sides exchanged ideas on joint scientific research, postgraduate training, student exchange, and teacher visits, and reached preliminary cooperation intentions. The delegation also visited the laboratories of KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  

 

On the 17th, the delegation concluded their visit to Sweden and set off for Bergen, Norway. They were invited to observe the teaching of Chinese and martial arts at the Chinese teaching school of the Confucius Institute in Bergen, and had a talk with Prof. LI Juqian, Chinese Dean of the Confucius Institute, local students’ parents and representatives of local Chinese chamber of commerce. The establishment of the Confucius Institute has increased the cohesion of the local Chinese communities and also planted the roots of Chinese culture in the hearts of the local Chinese, said the chairman of the chamber of commerce. Chair ZHANG Yingjie affirmed the close relationship and good development of the Confucius Institute with the local Chinese, and expressed her thanks for the warm reception of the Chinese school.

 

 

At the Confucius Institute in Bergen, Chair ZHANG Yingjie and her delegation had a discussion with Rune Ingebrigtsen, dean of the Confucius Institute in Norway, Prof. LI Juqian, and volunteer representatives of the Confucius Institute. Dean Ingebrigtsen introduced to the delegation the development history of the Confucius Institute in Bergen, unique experience in running a school, and the problems it faces. Prof. LI Juqian reported on the relevant experience and problems of the Confucius Institute in running the school in Northern Europe. The Confucius Institute in Bergen, an important platform for Sino-Norwegian cultural exchanges, has made great contributions to the international promotion of Chinese language and Sino-Norwegian friendly exchanges, said Chair ZHANG Yingjie. As the development of KUST in Copenhagen Business Confucius Classroom is also facing huge challenges, we hope to learn from the Bergen Confucius Institute in order to do a good job in the Confucius Classroom, as well as to attract more students to learn the Chinese language and culture at the Confucius Institute (Classroom), so as to contribute to cultural exchanges between China and the Nordic region, said Chair ZHANG Yingjie. Prof. Rune Ingebrigtsen introduced the basic situation of Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and expressed his hope that relevant cooperation and exchanges between Western Norwegian University of Applied Sciences and KUST will be promoted through Confucius Institute.

 

 

The visit further promoted the implementation of the internationalization strategy of the university, intensified the international promotion of Chinese language and culture, strengthened the training of talents in international organizations, and broadened the exchange and cooperation between Nordic universities and KUST.

 

 

 

Translated by: Meng Zhen, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Edited by: WANG Ying, School of International Education

Issued by: Division of Overseas Cooperation (English)

Source: School of International Education (Chinese)

Edited by: KUST News Center (Chinese)