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Delegation of Oklahoma State University visits SWJTU

2019/10/15

Strengthening substantive international cooperation and exchanges with foreign high-level universities is a requirement for the construction of “Double First-Class” initiative and the important content of our internationalization strategy. Oklahoma State University (OSU) is an important strategic partner in our global cooperation network. From September 5 to 8, OSU president Burns Hargis and his wife Burns Hargis, Paul Tikalsky, Minister of Engineering Department, Julie Tikalsky, Professor of Business School, Randy Kluver, Vice Academic Dean and Dean of Global Studies and Cooperation, and Vivian Wang, Director of Global Cooperation Office and Director of China Project visited SWJTU. Wang Shunhong, CPC Secretary of SWJTU Committee, President Yang Dan, and Assistant to the President Wang Xiaoru respectively met the delegation to further promote the strategic partnership of the two universities to achieve new breakthroughs and new development in the new historical period.

On September 8, Wang Shunhong met the delegation at Emei Campus. Mr. Wang Shunhong extended a warm welcome to the delegation of Burns Hargis for their visit to SWJTU at the beginning of the new academic year, and expressed sincere thanks to the Burns Hargis for his efforts to promote the deep friendship and long-term cooperation between the two universities. He said that OSU is a close partner of SWJTU and SWJTU attaches great importance to the cooperation between the two universities. He hoped to continue to deepen pragmatic cooperation in the future and make the strategic cooperation between the two universities more realistic, deeper and broader to benefit the teachers and students of both sides and contribute to the cultural and educational exchanges between China and the United States. President Burns Hargis expressed his sincere thanks to Secretary Wang for meeting the delegation and expressed sincere gratitude to Wang for his continuous contribution to promoting the cooperation between the two universities over the years. Burns Hargis highly agreed to continue to enhance friendship and deepen cooperation between the two sides, and conduct the cooperation at higher level and in larger scale in the fields of education, scientific research, cooperation in running school, management of cadres, exchanges and learning from each other based on the existing cooperation in a bid to boost the development of OSU and SWJTU.

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On September 6, Yang Dan attended and addressed the seminar on exchanges and cooperation between the two universities. Yang Dan pointed out that it was the first time for him to meet overseas university delegation since he became SWJTU President and he warmly welcomed the arrival of the OSU delegation. Yang Dan said that the cooperation between the two universities began with a memorandum of understanding signed in 2008. Under the strong promotion of both sides, they signed a strategic partnership agreement in 2011, and started to make Sino-foreign cooperation in running school in the major of safety engineering in 2016, which substantially deepened the cooperation between the two sides. Then Yang Dan made a brief introduction to the school. He side that SWJTU is a university with a long history and enjoying academic advantages and scientific research advantages in the field of rail transportation. SWJTU is committed to building rail transit related disciplines into world-class disciplines, which is also the most important task China has assigned to SWJTU. Yang Dan said that OSU is one of the most outstanding universities in the United States and one of the leading universities in the US state university. He highly recognized the cooperation in multiple fields under the discussion of both sides. The cooperation between the two sides is a mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation. He hoped that the two universities would establish the cooperation in all-around manner, especially strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the students and teachers in other majors. Mr. Yang Dan said that he would fully promote the further development of the cooperation between the two universities.

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Burns Hargis said in his speech that it was a great honor for OSU to become the first school to visit SWJTU after Yang Dan took office, and thanked very much to Yang Dan for his understanding of the long-term relationship between the two universities. Burns Hargis highlighted that SWJTU is the most important strategic partner of OSU. Such a partnership is not only important for the school, but also for teachers and students who benefit therefrom. Therefore, OSU would further be committed to strengthening the cooperation between the two sides. Mr. Burns Hargis paid heartfelt tribute to the achievements that SWJTU has made in the field of engineering, especially in the field of rail transit. Thanks to the cooperation conducted by SWJTU, Sino-foreign cooperation in running school in the major of safety engineering has made good progress as a joint effort of both parties. This project is not only conducive to the education of students, but also to the exchanges of teachers. He is eagerly looking forward to the arrival of the first batch of students to study in OSU next fall and OSU promises to take good care of them and provide them with good learning experience and quality education. At last, he once again sincerely thanked President Yang Dan for meeting them, and hoped that the two universities would continue to work closely together to promote the future cooperation between OSU and SWJTU.

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After the presidents of two universities addressed the seminar, the two sides emotionally reviewed the cooperation process during the past 11 years. In the stage of free speech, Lutz Plümer, Dean of Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Vice Dean Xu Junhua, Paul Tikalsky, Minister of Engineering Department of OSU, Vice Academic Dean Randy Kluver, et al. actively delivered their speeches and expressed their sincerity of continuing to deepen cooperation, the plan of pragmatic cooperation and the vision of serving the countries and serving the global high-level talents.

After the seminar, Yang Dan, as the director of the joint management committee of the two universities, presided over and convened the second meeting of the joint management committee, at which the studies were carried out and consensus was reached on such issues as adjustment to the committee members, and holding a new project of cooperation in running school.

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On September 5, Assistant to the President Wang Xiaoru met the delegation and expressed a warm welcome to the arrival of the delegation. Wang Xiaoru said that she met President Burns Hargis and discussed that the two universities would start the project of Sino-foreign cooperation in running schools when she led a delegation to visit the US in February 2016. She thanked very much to President Burns Hargis for his care and support for this project, and thanked to the relevant leaders and colleagues of OSU for their efforts made to the commencement and operation of the project, the project has been carried out successfully up to this day. She hoped that the two universities would continue to have an in-depth discussion on the development of the project during this visit. In addition, she hoped that the two sides would explore pragmatic cooperation in more fields and at more levels to achieve new development in cooperation between the two universities. President Burns Hargis thanked Assistant to the President Wang Xiaoru for her efforts made to the cooperation between the two universities and expressed that this visit aims at further discussing the promotion of high-quality development of Sino-foreign cooperative education project between the two sides and deepening the cooperative relationship between the two universities.

Burns Hargis said that OSU would work with SWJTU to continue to make close cooperation and strive for further improvement in their cooperation.

During the visit, the delegation also participated in the ceremony held to signal the beginning of semester of Sino-foreign cooperation in running school in the major of safety engineering and the seminar on the development of Sino-foreign cooperation in running school in the major of safety engineering. They met the students, teachers and staff of the project and visited the Office, teaching and experiment premises for running school under the project.

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Principals in charge of the Office of CPC Committee and Government, International Office, Office of Academic Affairs, Center for Faculty Development, Office of Students’ Affairs, Recruitment and Employment Office, and Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering participated in relevant activities.

 

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