ZJU was named International Strategy of the Year at 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards Asia on May 1.
“It is only with the strategic thinking of our senior management team and joint efforts across the whole University that we are able to better embed international and intercultural dimensions into our education and research, and contribute to our global future,” said Dr. CHEN Weiying, deputy director of the Office of Global Engagement of ZJU.
The judges said that they were impressed by Zhejiang’s “exceptionally broad and advanced international strategy, which has bold ambitions but equally impressive achievements already on record. From the scale of its financial investment to support its international student population of 7,000, to its bilateral exchanges and research collaboration, Zhejiang has led the way as a truly globally networked Chinese university.
“Whether it is the dual degrees, institutional partnerships or international campus with its fusion of Eastern and Western pedagogies, Zhejiang has shown that it backs up its strategy with action, and has set out a clear road map for the future in its new strategy launched in 2018.”
In 2018 the University launched its international strategy “Global ZJU: CREATE to impact”. Large financial resources are allocated to launch scholarships for international students and provide funds for bilateral exchanges and research collaborations. In addition, forty administrative staff were hired to support international activities at individual college level.
The presentation of awards was one of the highlights of THE Asia Universities Summit in Abu Dhabi, during which THE Asia University Rankings 2019 were also revealed. This year, Tsinghua University overtakes National University of Singapore to be Asia’s top university. Climbing three spots from last year, ZJU is now the 14th in the region.