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Southwest Jiaotong University Visits Universities in the UK

2019/10/26

From October 6 to 11, 2019, a delegation from Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) composed of Professor Feng Xiaoyun, Vice President of SWJTU, Professor Chen Weirong, Dean of School of Electrical Engineering of SWJTU, Professor Ma Lei, Assistant Dean of School of Electrical Engineering of SWJTU, and Huang Deqing and Chen Minwu, professors of School of Electrical Engineering of SWJTU, were invited to visit University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham and University of Leeds in the UK, so as to expand the cooperation and exchange between SWJTU and British universities.

On October 7, members of the delegation visited University of Birmingham, and discussed with Sir David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of University of Birmingham, Professor Jon Frampton, Executive Vice Chancellor (China Area) and Director of China College, Professor Ian Jefferson, Dean of College of Engineering and Physical Sciences of University of Birmingham and personnel in charge of International Development Department and College of Engineering and Physical Sciences of University of Birmingham. Feng Xiaoyun and David Eastwood signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Southwest Jiaotong University and University of Birmingham. Based on this MoU, the two parties will further enhance the cooperation in talent training and improve and enrich the joint training mode to provide better learning conditions for Chinese students studying abroad; they will also give full play to their features and advantages of rail transit and deepen the cooperation in scientific research.

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Vice President Feng Xiaoyun signs the MoU with Vice Chancellor David Eastwood

On October 8, members of the delegation visited Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), and had an in-depth discussion on cooperation in traction power supply, power electronics and power drives with Professor Clive Roberts, Director of BCRRE, Professor Anson Jack, Director of International Railway Benchmarking of BCRRE, Associate Professor Stuart Hillmansen and research fellows such as Pietro Tricoli, Lei Chen and Tian Zhongbei. The two parties agreed to fully promote the in-depth cooperation between NEEC and BCRRE, and carry out down-to-earth work for joint declaration of international cooperative projects and scientific research bases, exchange visits, joint training and other fields.

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Members of the delegation discuss with personnel of BCRRE

On the afternoon of October 7, members of the delegation visited personnel in charge of TEIC. The two parties exchanged views on the cooperation in talent training and scientific research of high-power semiconductor device, and reached common consensus.

On the morning of October 9, members of the delegation visited University of Nottingham, and had a discussion with Richard Masterman, Associate Vice Chancellor of University of Nottingham, Jason Feehily, Director of Knowledge Exchange Asia and Director of Nottingham Confucius Institute, Joshua Hawkins, Global Engagement Manager and Sally Zhou, Senior Management of Office of Asia Engagement. The British side introduced 6 key development fields of University of Nottingham and the status of its cooperation with China, especially with Sichuan Province, while delegates from SWJTU introduced the features and advantages of SWJTU's schools in terms of transportation. The two sides reached broad consensus on joint training of graduate student and scientific research (environmental-friendly transportation, new energy, etc.), and agreed to further promote in-depth cooperation.

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Members of the delegation discuss with associate vice chancellor of University of Nottingham and personnel in charge of international departments

On the afternoon of October 9, members of the delegation visited PEMC of University of Nottingham. The PEMC enjoys the world's largest and most leading research group with competitive advantage in such fields as packaging and simulation of power electronic devices, smart power grid and electric motor. Members of the delegation introduced the features and advantages of SWJTU in terms of rail transit, and conducted an in-depth discussion with Professor Mark Sumner, Professor Pericle Zanchetta, Associate Professor Paul Evans, Associate Professor Yang Tao and a research fellow Li Ke. The two sides agreed to strengthen their cooperation in joint training of graduate students, international academic conference and cooperative research.

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Members of the delegation conduct academic exchange with personnel of PEMC

From October 10 to 11, members of the delegation visited University of Leeds, and exchanged views with personnel including Professor Yu Haisui, Academician of Royal Academy of Engineering and Executive Vice President of University of Leeds, Professor Peter Jimark, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Rob Kelsall and Professor Roland Clarke, respectively Dean and Vice Dean of School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Professor Shane Xie, the personnel in charge of Mechatronics and Robotics, Professor Andrew Kemp, Professor Li Kang and Professor Ian Robertson, British personnel in charge of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of SWJTU-Leeds Joint School, Professor Richard Romano, Director of University of Leeds Driving Simulator, and Associate Professor Peter Brooks from School of Mechanical Engineering. The British side introduced the basic information of Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences of University of Leeds and the future planning for High-speed Rail Research Institute in Leeds, expressing the determination of pursuing breakthroughs in high-speed rail technology and a strong desire for cooperation; Delegates from SWJTU introduced the basic information of SWJTU, the latest progress of research on relevant fields of rail transit and the features and advantages of School of Electrical Engineering of SWJTU. The two parties also reviewed the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School Program, and carried out in-depth discussion on issues of common concern. As a result, the two parties agreed to promote the sustainable, high-efficiency and quality schooling of SWJTU-Leeds Joint School based on the solid foundation for joint undergraduate training, and explore further cooperation in talent training and scientific research. During the visit, Chen Weirong, Dean of School of Electrical Engineering of SWJTU, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation with Rob Kelsall, Dean of School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of University of Leeds.

During the delegation's stay in the UK, they also met representatives of Chinese students and scholars at University of Birmingham, and paid a visit to exchange students from SWJTU to University of Birmingham and University of Leeds as well as teachers of School of Electrical Engineering of SWJTU who were receiving CPD training at University of Leeds. During these visits, members of the delegation introduced the latest development situation and talent policy of SWJTU, answered questions raised by students and scholars, and conducted in-depth exchanges on issues like academic and career development, Chinese and foreign systems and mechanisms for talent training, educational and teaching methods and transcultural cooperation & exchange.

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Members of the delegation discuss with representatives of Chinese students and scholars at University of Birmingham and exchange students from SWJTU

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Members of the delegation visit exchange students from SWJTU-Leeds Joint School

 

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