On March 30th, Cao Xuetao, President of Nankai University, and Anton Muscatelli, Principal of University of Glasgow, signed a Cooperation Agreement on the Joint Cultivation of Doctoral Students, ushering in a new era on bilateral cooperation. The signing ceremony was held in the expert building of Jinnan campus, Nankai University. Wang Lei, Vice Chancellor of Nankai University, and Rachel Sandison, Vice Principal of University of Glasgow witnessed the event.
According to the agreement, the joint doctoral programme will be managed by both the graduate schools of Nankai University and University of Glasgow, which award doctoral degrees. The programme is full-time with English as its learning language. Applicants need to acquire certain proficiency in English before registration. They should also have a Master's Degree recognized by both universities, pass the assessment of research plan and have an interview. Students can be cultivated in the way of "2+2" years or "1+2+1" years in both universities, and their first year of study must be completed in Nankai University. Each student is assigned a tutor from both universities to provide guidance in English. Their papers are required to write in English. They will be awarded degrees from both universities after passing the graduation examination of the two schools. The joint training program will be implemented from September 16, 2019.
Founded in 1451, University of Glasgow is one of the four oldest universities in the UK and one of the ten oldest universities in the world. It is also a member of the Russell Group, a league of first-class universities in UK. The famous father of economics, author of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith, the famous physicist, first inventor of the concept of thermodynamic temperature, Kelvins, the world renowned engineer, James Watt, inventor of steam engine, and James Clerk Maxwell, the founder of classical electrodynamics, are all alumni of this university.