Presidential Delegation of 25 Leading Universities in China Visited Surrey
Monday 14 November 2011
On the 3rd of November 2011, the university’s Surrey International Institute successfully hosted a Chinese Universities Presidential Visit. The delegation comprised of 26 presidents and vice-presidents from 25 leading Chinese Universities. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Christopher Snowden welcomed the delegation with a presentation and highlighted SII’s collaborative programmes with Dongbei University of Economics and Finance (SII-DUFE) as an example of Surrey’s long-term commitment to build sustainable educational collaborations with China.
The visit was part of the Education Mission organised by the Ministry of Education of China during October and November 2011. The delegation also visited several other leading UK universities, including University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.
VC’s presentation was on the university’s teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and internationalisation, followed by a presentation by Professor David Allen, the Dean of Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (FBEL), Professor Phil Powrie, the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Human Science (FAHS) and Professor Rachel Fensham the Associate Dean (International) of FAHS, who introduced their respective faculties’ work.
The delegation visited Surrey’s Research Park and Sports Park. They expressed their great enthusiasm on Surrey’s business model of knowledge transfer through an interactive discussion with Dr Martyn Buxton-Hoare, the Director Technology Transfer of Surrey.
Professor Jean Chen, Chair of Executive Board of Surrey International Institute, who coordinated this visit, concluded that ‘It is our great privilege and pleasure to host such a high rank Chinese delegation. The visit showed that Surrey has attracted attention from many Chinese universities and government authorities through SII’s success on China’.
People in the Photo: (L to R) The Vice-Chancellor of University of Surrey Professor Snowden; Vice President of Sichuan University Professor Zhou; The Deputy Director of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs Professor Chen.