On September 28, Prof. WU Zhaohui, president of Zhejiang University, and Prof. Rik Van de Walle, rector of Ghent University, signed a university-level double PhD agreement virtually. Prof. LI Min, director of the Zhejiang University Office of Global Engagement, presided over the meeting.
WU Zhaohui expressed his great delight in meeting virtually with Rector Rik Van de Walle and colleagues from Ghent University. He believed that this double PhD agreement “will mark a new chapter for the partnership in training PhD students and deepening research cooperation in many fields including philosophy, photonics, environment and so on.” WU Zhaohui also introduced the latest development and major strategic plans of Zhejiang University. “With the same pursuit in mind, we are confident in our future cooperation with Ghent to create a greater impact and shape a better world together,” he said.
Rik Van de Walle took the online meeting as a great opportunity “to celebrate what we have accomplished so far and to discuss our plans for future collaboration.” He stressed that Zhejiang University is a very valuable partner of Ghent University and that the collaboration between the two universities is rich and diverse. “Due to our longstanding and very close collaboration across many faculties, ranging from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, to the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, we here at Ghent University do hope to continue to play a vital role in your international strategy,” said Rik Van de Walle.
Also present at the meeting were the representatives from Graduate School, College of Optical Science and Engineering, School of Philosophy, College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University and the representatives from Research Coordination Office, China Platform, Internationalization Office, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University. They exchanged ideas on cooperation in relevant fields.
Located in Belgium, Ghent University is a top-ranking university founded in 1817, where 4 Nobel Prize laureates and other prominent scientists dedicated themselves to scholarly work. Various disciplines, such as Agriculture & Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Development Research, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Biological Sciences, are internationally renowned.