On the afternoon of March 22, a delegation from the University of Helsinki, led by Prof. Jouko Väänänen, its Vice Rector, paid a visit to UCAS, and Prof. Su Gang, the Vice President of UCAS met with the guests at the Yuquanlu campus. Dr. Feng Qi, PhD supervisor and professor of UCAS and AMSS, CAS, also attended the meeting.
Su Gang welcomed Jouko Väänänen on his second visit in three months and introduced programs that UCAS students could use to study abroad and how they have been executed, as well as how foreign students studying at UCAS are trained. He expressed his wish that the scientific exchange programs between the two universities are well planned and implemented.
Jouko Väänänen was glad to visit UCAS again in such a short period of time and hoped that the consensus reached during last meeting could be further explored. He briefly introduced the latest developments from the University of Helsinki and illustrated their chief disciplines, research results and English-taught programs. He thought the collaborative efforts between the University of Helsinki and other universities in China, as well as several CAS institutes, have already advanced greatly and that there have been some successful experiences to capitalize on so that the cooperation between the University of Helsinki and UCAS can exert an even greater positive impact within a larger scope and across more disciplines.
Afterwards, both sides compared notes on topics of interest such as summer schools and exchange visits of research and administrative staff. Both sides agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two universities as soon as possible and to set up a clear cut cooperative mechanism.
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