Against a worldwide background of increasing interdependence and diminishing borders, we review our past and envision the future ZJU as one of the world’s leading, comprehensive, research-intensive and innovative universities.We need to become a more visible, attractive and engaged contributor in the global higher education arena.
-- From the 2018 “Global ZJU” Strategy Introduction
From the end of 2017, the University sought to refine ZJU’s strategic global priorities. The strategy development process was meant to be inclusive, with more than 200 staff members, students and alumni being consulted through seminars and interviews.
The resulting global strategy was released on July, 2018, serving as a blueprint for ZJU’s global engagement. The six major aspects outlined in the strategy are:
We will continue to diversify our faculty and student profile to create a truly international environment. Multilingual service models, digitally enhanced facilities and an immense variety of activities will be offered to facilitate interaction among an international community of faculty and students.
We will play an increasingly proactive role in our efforts to preserve and advance human civilizations, including both traditional Chinese cultures and world civilizations. We will promote cultural heritage to a wider audience by taking diverse, cross-disciplinary dissemination approaches.
We will seek to build up the matrix of innovation driven by universities, governments, industries and civil society – a “quadruple helix” model. Via internal and external partnerships, we will intensify our efforts in gaining greater access to local and global innovation resources and sharing of research findings.
As the world faces a series of pressing issues, we must break down conventional barriers between disciplines to fully deploy our academic strengths. We will take measures to reinforce the interdisciplinarity of our academic endeavors to enhance research productivity and impact.
We need to bring together talent and resources from around the world to facilitate synergy in research that is truly cutting-edge against international standards. ZJU will continue to support faculty mobility and academic collaborations to further intellectual exchange.
We will facilitate researchers’ engagement with the industry, and through application and transfer of research results, we will maximize the social benefits of knowledge. We also need to create more engaging, accessible and efficient ways to bring new knowledge to the public.
Through mobility programs, international courses and intercultural activities, we will provide all students with the opportunity to develop a global outlook. Our educational offerings must equip them with the knowledge, attitudes and values crucial for appropriate and effective interactions across cultures.
We must take an international view across all major elements our educational activities. We will give greater prominence to developing students’ capabilities in communication, creative and critical analysis, independent thinking and teamwork spirit in multicultural contexts.
We must strengthen the global relevance of knowledge imparted in the classroom and instill in students a strong sense of global citizenship. We will work closely with the community and the industry to enable students to analyze real-life problems and effectively engage in a globalizing world.
ZJU is of China, but for the world. While exploring a governance system which is deeply rooted in China, we will also join hands with our global partners to integrate good mechanisms and practices and contribute Chinese wisdom to the world’s higher education.
Our International Advisory Committee will serve as a hub to set guiding principles and provide expert advice for ZJU’s global engagement. We will also take coordinated and consistent approaches across major internal units to align international initiatives at all levels with overarching global strategies.
We will effectively synergize internal resources at various levels towards our global initiatives. We will also nurture a pool of young administrative staff with an international perspective, cross-cultural competence and professional expertise.
We will ensure our competitiveness in the international job market by enhancing our digital presence, updating employment systems and developing high-performance human resources management.
We must identify and create opportunities for our faculty and staff to engage in education , research and innovation activities worldwide. In the meantime, we will propel our excellence to higher levels by evaluating HR performance against international standards.
While celebrating differences, we will cultivate an inclusive working environment for people to pursue their dreams and ambitions. We have always celebrated enterprise and will assist all faculty and staff in developing professional expertise, acquiring new competencies and making academic accomplishments.
We will forge strategic partnerships with world-leading universities, research institutes and enterprises to enhance our overall capacity. We will develop relationships in “Belt and Road” countries to help build a community with a shared future. We will also give full play to our roles in international organizations to maximize the benefits of such alliances.
We will work closely with alumni chapters and actively engage our alumni in various activities, including student mentoring, careers advising, internship support, technology transfer and public service. In overseas branding initiatives, ZJU alumni will serve as the University’s ambassadors to increase its global presence.
We will reach out to share knowledge and shape a learning culture. Through technology innovation and policy counseling, we will serve the aspiration of Zhejiang province to become a global innovation hub. We will also leverage our strengths in engineering, agriculture and health to improve public welfare.