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Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Officially Inaugurated

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was officially inaugurated in the scenic Dushu Lake Higher Education Town on the morning of May 29. The university is jointly established by the world-prestigious University of Liverpool, the nationally famous Xi'an Jiaotong University, and the People's Government of Suzhou Municipality after two years' meticulous preparations in pursuant of "Regulations on Sino-foreign Cooperation in Running Schools". The university was formally approved by Ministry of Education on May 22 this year, and listed for national unified student enrollment in general institutions of higher learning this year.

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is located on the shore of Dushu Lake in Suzhou Industrial Park, with an area of 1,050 mu. Teaching blocks and laboratories are all designed and equipped by first-class international standards, apart from complete facilities of library, gymnasium, apartment houses for teachers and students, and other service set-ups.

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University plans to enroll 420 full-time students for the first time from Jiangsu Province in the majors of computer science and technology, electronic science and technology, communication engineering, information management and information system, Information and computer science, and financial mathematics.

The university's advanced curriculum is supported by a strong contingent of teaching and research faculties, and many research topics have the potential for industrial transfer In line with the development trend of the external-oriented economy and hi-tech industries in SIP. The alliance of the competent partners will yield a win-win development opportunity and an ideal platform, and invigorate the technological innovation and the upgrading of economic structures of the municipality.

Present at the inauguration ceremony to deliver speeches of congratulations were Jiang Yingmei, Deputy Director of Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Education, Zhu Yongxin, Vice Mayor of Suzhou, and the leaders of 3 universities. Mr. Wang Jinhua, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Secretary of SIP Party Committee, made presentation of souvenirs to the president of Liverpool University and Prof. Tao Wenquan, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

May 29, 2006

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