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USTB President Zhang Xinxin Leads Delegation to Central and Eastern European Universities to Sign Cooperative Agreements

In order to further strengthen cooperative ties between USTB and academic institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, from June 5-12 USTB President Zhang Xinxin led a delegation to Bialystok University of Technology (BUT) and Silesian University of Technology (SUT) in Poland, Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) in Estonia, and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (IAUP) in Austria. There the delegation discussed matters of collaboration and signing cooperative agreements.

On June 6, the delegation first visited the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, which is Austria’s largest applied technology university and located in Linz, a city that is home to the country’s industrial leaders and steelmakers, including the Voestalpine Group headquarters. IAUP Vice President Andreas Zehetner welcomed the USTB delegation and expressed his great expectations for collaboration between the two schools.

During the meeting, Vice President Zehetner gave a briefing of his university, in particular its research work done in partnership with the Voestalpine Group. Both sides discussed how since they had first signed a cooperative agreement in 2014 they had made great progress in student exchanges, and had seen two exchange programs approved by the China Scholarship Council to be part of the “outstanding undergraduate international exchange project” program. At the same time they are making progress in teacher exchanges, research, and other areas. Afterwards both sides discussed improving their cooperative research in the fields of metallurgy, materials, energy and the environment, as well as jointly hosting academic seminars and an overall deepening of collaborative efforts.


Signing of Cooperative Agreement with and IAUP

On June 7 the delegation visited Bialystok University of Technology and was warmly greeted by BUT Vice President of International Cooperation Marta Kosior-Kazberuk. The visit by USTB was done at the invitation of President Lech Dzienis, who visited our university last November. During the meeting both sides discussed the exciting opportunities for cooperation between China and Poland as part of the “Belt and Road” initiative. Poland serves as an important area of convergence as part of the initiative, and is part of China’s “16+1” cooperative partnership program with Central and Eastern European countries. As the largest university of science and technology in Poland’s northeast, BUT and USTB share many similar strengths in scientific disciplines and research fields. Representatives from both sides expressed their confidence regarding future collaboration and ensuring mutual benefits. Afterwards President Zhang and Vice President Kosior-Kazberuk signed a renewed cooperative agreement.


Signing of Cooperative Agreement with BUT

Following the signing ceremony the USTB delegation visited the BUT Technology Innovation Center and the INNO-EKO-TECH Research Center, where they were able to see the research and experimental strength of the partner university.

One June 9 the delegation then visited the Silesian University of Technology and was received by Vice President Pawelczyk. The meeting began with both sides giving presentations on their schools history, disciplines, student achievements, and international initiatives. SUT has eleven colleges and over 20,000 students enrolled, and signed a cooperative agreement with USTB in 1986 which reflected the two schools similar strengths in disciplines and research. President Zhang spoke of the importance of Poland, and the usefulness of cooperating with national institutions in undertaking the “Belt and Road” initiative. He expressed his hope both sides could deepen their collaborative efforts even further.  Vice President Pawelczyk reiterated President Zhang’s hopes, and added that SUT looked forward to greater student exchanges and joint Masters programs. Following the meeting the delegation visited the SUT Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Automatic Control, and the colleges of Electronics and Computer Science, Chemistry, and Energy and Environmental Engineering to speak with researchers there.


Signing of Cooperative Agreement with BUT

In the afternoon President Zhang met with SUT President Arkadiusz Mezyk; the two had a friendly conversation and together signed a renewed cooperative agreement between the two universities.

Finally, on June 12 the delegation went to Tallinn University of Technology and was warmly welcomed by Vice President Jacob Kubarsepp. They began by briefly reviewing the history of cooperation between the two universities. Since first signing a cooperative agreement in 2007 both universities have carried out extensive student and teacher exchanges, as well as jointly hosting academic seminars. In 2008 Professor Kubarsepp visited USTB as part of an academic exchange with metallurgy researchers. Since then TTU professors have visited to provide lectures on cyber-security, management, and social networking and research. President Zhang spoke of how TTU was Estonia’s largest and oldest science and technology university, and given its strength in the fields of business administration, information technology, and engineering, USTB looked forward to deepening its collaborative efforts with the university.


Signing of Cooperative Agreement with TTU

Following the briefing the two sides signed a cooperative framework for further student exchanges. After that the delegation visited the TTU Business Innovation Center to discuss methods for cultivating student innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, and promoting greater collaboration with the business community.




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