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President of Leiden University visits BIT

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Translator: News Agency of BIT
Editor: News Center of BIT  Zhao Lin

    On the afternoon of December 3, 2014, Carel Stolker, president of Leiden University visited Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) with a panel of six experts. Hu Haiyan, president of BIT met the delegation. On behalf of BIT, he renewed the intercollegiate memorandum of cooperation and signed an intercollegiate student exchange agreement with President Stolker.

    President Hu welcomed the delegation’s visit to BIT and introduced the current situation of BIT to them. He said that Leiden University is a famous integrated-class research university in Europe. I hope the two universities, based on the existing cooperation, could develop joint researches and communication of teachers and students in the field of basic research and characteristic liberal arts. President Stolker said that BIT is a famous science and technology research university in Chinese. The two universities have already carried out activities of student exchange and faculty visits in the field of computer science and software. I hope we could have more cooperative programs in the future.

    Witnessed by both sides, President Hu and President Stolker, representing the two universities, renewed the cooperation agreement of intercollegiate framework. So far, the student exchange program between BIT and Leiden University has risen from the school-level to the university-level, and the cooperation fields have been extended to software engineering, computer and chemistry.

    Zhao Changlu and Zhao Ping, vice presidents of BIT, respectively met with the delegation. Vice President Zhao Changlu said that, during this visit, the fields of the student exchange program between BIT and Leiden University have been extended to software engineering, computer and chemistry. Besides, the cooperation in the field of life science and law is currently under discussion. BIT welcomes faculties and students to come for short or long exchanges and collaborate on cooperative projects. Vice President Zhao Ping introduced the recent development and projects of BIT to the visitors and hoped that the two universities could promote scientific cooperation in the field of life science and space law.

     During the visit, the delegation of Leiden University also visited the life science laboratory and had a discussion with professors from the School of Law.

     Also present at the meeting were, from Leiden University: Professor Geert de Snoo, dean of School of Nature Sciences, Professor Joost Kok, dean of School of Computer Science and Technology, Dr. Eric Beerkens, senior policy advisor of international affairs, Marieke te Booij, vice director of international affairs, Ans Kluit, aide to the president; from BIT: Qu Sanqiang, dean of School of Law, Li Qin, associate dean of School of Life Science, Xu Jin, vice director of Office of Teaching Affairs, Yan Dayuan, associate dean of School of Software, Che Haiying, lecturer of School of Software, Xing Qingqing, vice director of Center of International Communication and Cooperation and Li Rui of Microsoft Research Center (Asia) etc.

Background Information:

     Leiden University was founded in the city of Leiden, Holland in 1575. It is the oldest university in the Netherlands and Europe’s leading research-based university. The university has seven schools, 23000 students and 5500 faculties. In the 2014 QS World University ranking list, Leiden University was ranked 75th. In the ARWU ranking list, it was ranked 77th. So far, there have been 14 Nobel prize winners in the history of the university, covering physics, chemistry, medicine, economics and other fields.

    In October 2010, Leiden University and BIT signed an intercollegiate memorandum of cooperation and then started cooperation correspondingly.
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