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Zhejiang University and Imperial College London signed the cooperation memorandum of understanding

May 15, 2013

On the morning of May 15, 2013, Zhejiang University and Imperial College London signed a memorandum of understanding for furthering their academic collaboration. Council Chairman of Zhejiang University Jin Deshui and the President of Imperial College London Sir Keith O’Nions signed on the memorandum. The governor of Zhejiang Province Li Qiang, Vice Minister of Education Hao Ping, vice governor of Zhejiang Province Liang Liming participated in the signing ceremony. The ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the People in Zhejiang Province.

Imperial College London is ranked at the forefront of world-class universities. As a university specializing in science, technology and medicine, Imperial College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology enjoy the same reputation around the world. At the same time, it’s known as the “G5” Elite Universities together with University Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London. In the 2012 Times World University Rankings, the total score of Imperial College London was on the 8th place.

Jin Deshui said, “We are very pleased to be able to work together with Imperial College by having the opportunity of potentially co-investing facility at Imperial College West Campus. We will develop a new model with mutual-benefit and sustainable-development to carry out an equal and two-way in-depth strategic cooperation, with the purpose of speeding up the pace of Zhejiang University to build a world-class university”

As introduced by executive vice president of Zhejiang University, Song Yonghua, by signing the MoU, both sides will start to explore the feasibility of establishing facilities in the new imperial west campus for joint academic activities. This is indeed an exciting opportunity but needs many innovative efforts. Zhejiang University with Imperial College will investigate the ways of collaboration in the areas of postgraduate education, joint research and technology transfer so as to enhance the capability of collaborative innovation through building an international platform for the industrialization of scientific and technological achievements.

According to Song Yonghua, Zhejiang University has so far launched on several projects of interdisciplinary collaborative research and joint cultivation of master students with 16 world-class universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He said that the cooperation with Imperial College with the possibility of co-locating R&D facility at Imperial College West campus will provide academics from both the ZJU and Imperial College a new way to work together to tackle some challenging scientific issues we face in the 21st century. This will certainly further promote the international reputation of the two universities.

The president of Imperial College London, Sir Keith O’Nions, said that it’s a good opportunity for the two universities to cooperate and work together on the problems that cannot be solved by one side. “For example, in the field of human health, the two universities can study the population in different regions and explore the treatment of diseases faced by human being.” He indicated that the signing of the memorandum is the start of their cooperation, and that the specific programs of talent cultivation, scientific research and knowledge translation will be further negotiated and agreed based on the framework of cooperation.

Director General of the Department for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Education, Zhang Xiuqin, said that China has been supporting the going-out and internationalization of higher education, Zhejiang University has taken a valuable step. The two universities are the first-class universities in both countries and it’s a strong-strong cooperation. I believe that such cooperation can not only bring benefits to students and teachers, but also to the society.