On June 14, a delegation led by Colin Stirling, President and Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University, Australia, and Sebastian Raneskold, its Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), visited Nankai University and was well received by Cao Xuetao, President and Vice Chancellor of Nankai University, in the Service Building of Balitai Campus.
President Cao Xuetao extended welcome to President Colin Sterling and the delegation for their arrival, and he said that our two universities have cultivated a large number of excellent managerial personnel for the society since the launch of Chinese-foreign joint programs in 2000. On the basis of cooperative school-running, remarkable achievements have been made in broad areas such as faculty training, student exchange, scientific research cooperation which play an important role in promoting the construction of the "double-first-class" (world-class universities and first-class disciplines) and globalization of Nankai University. In the near future, the Sino-Australian Joint Research Center, cofounded by the two universities, is to be launched. The two sides will actively explore scientific research cooperation in advantageous fields like medicine, genetics, biology, give full play to the function of think tanks, and open up a new mode of cooperative school-running and international academic exchanges. President Cao Xuetao said that this year of 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of Nankai University, and he hoped that the two universities would, based on their cooperative relations established for many years, continue to maintain and enhance our friendship and work together for a new century.
President Colin Sterling gave a detailed introduction of Flinders University in terms of its history, disciplines, international exchanges and cooperation, scientific research, student training, and also put forward suggestions on the content and ways of further cooperation between the two universities in the future. President Colin Sterling spoke highly of the cooperative education projects, and would very much like to take this opportunity to carry out more extensive and in-depth exchanges with Nankai University, especially in areas such as medicine and biology, so as to jointly promote the common development of the two universities. President Colin Sterling congratulated Nankai on the 100th anniversary and said that he would attend the Principal's Forum held in Nankai during the Centenary Celebration to make suggestions for the development of Nankai.
Situated in Adelaide, South Australia and estalished in 1966, Flinders University is a member of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Group. As one of the top universities in Australia, Flinders ranks 10th and was the top 300 respectively among university rankings of this nation and the World University Ranking of Times Higher Education(THE) in 2018. Flinders is a modern university full of vigor, modernity and enterprising spirit. With a mission of “changing lives and changing the world”, Flinders is well-known worldwide for its excellence in teaching and scientific research.
Source: Nankai News
Edited by the Translation Center, College of Foreign Languages