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Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University to Play Exemplary Role

Prof. Song Yonghua, Executive Vice-president of Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University and Member of British Royal Engineering Academy, paid a visit to Wang Bintai, Head of Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Education on April 26 in Nanjing, and had cordial talks with the host, with the presence of Pan Yunguan, Deputy Secretary of SIP Party Working Committee, and Ye Feng, Director of Administration Office of Dushu Lake Higher Education Town.

Song Yonghua gave Wang Bintai a brief rundown about running the school in the past year, and expressed sincere thanks for the instruction and assistance of the provincial bureau for the university, and pledged determination to build the school into a first-rate higher institution in China and the whole of Asia.

Wang expressed welcome to Song Yonghua for returning to China to engage in education career, and pointed out that Prof. Song had an invaluable role to play in building Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University into a high-level school of Chinese characteristics through Sino-foreign cooperation, on account of his insight gained from administration and teaching of higher institutions overseas and mastery of the specific conditions of China. He expressed full confidence in the prospect of the school.

Wang also gave full assessment of the administration of the school of the past year, and emphasized that, as the first university of Sino-foreign cooperation in Jiangsu Province, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University should make innovative efforts in updating its concepts, mechanism, and modes by absorbing the merits of both the Chinese and British schools, and on this basis to achieve healthy development of the school in terms of scale and faculties. Wang assured the school of continued support and relevant preferential policies to make the school a successful example of university of Sino-foreign cooperation in China.

Song Yonghua also reported to Wang about the preparations for the first anniversary celebration of the school scheduled for late May. Also present at the meeting were Chen Long, Deputy GM of SIP Education Investment Company, and Yao Jianxin, Assistant to the GM.

April 29, 2007

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