Ms Sin Joan Yee (USP), Dr Akanisi Kedrayate (USP), Professor Liu Sheng (Liaocheng University), Professor Rajesh Chandra (USP Vice-Chancellor and president), Professor Wang Qiang (Liaocheng University), Associate Professor Ding Haibin (Liaocheng University, Dr Denggui Li (Confucius Institute, USP).
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Liaocheng University from China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to foster a friendly relationship through mutual cooperation in the areas of teaching and research between the two universities.
Under the partnership, USP and Liaocheng University have agreed towards faculty and student exchange programmes intended for joint study and research activities, participation in seminars and academic meetings, exchange of academic materials and other information, special short-term academic programmes and other educational or cultural programmes.
Speaking at the MOU signing on 17 August 2015, the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra said that USP was pleased by the initiative shown by the Liaocheng University to partner with them.
Liaocheng University had shown a keen interest to work with USP, following the University’s visit to Liaocheng University last year.
Professor Chandra said that given China’s extensive range of cooperation in the Pacific, USP is very keen to link with good universities in China to take advantage of China’s role in the rapid expansion of higher education.
He added that by cooperating and collaborating with a regional university like USP, Liaocheng University will also be able to collaborate with the 12 USP member countries.
“I am confident that the MOU will enable us to collaborate in areas of mutual interest to produce outcomes that will benefit China, Pacific Island countries as well as both universities,” he said.
The Vice President of Liaocheng University, Professor Wang Qiang agreed that students in both universities can benefit from the partnership and will further promote the Liaocheng University’s Research Centre of Pacific Island Countries that was established in September 2012.
He thanked Professor Chandra and his team for their hospitality and added that the visit by the USP delegation to Liaocheng University last year had laid a foundation of friendship between the two universities.
Professor Wang Qiang is confident that the partnership between the two universities will bear fruits.
Liaocheng University has 32 colleges and has 29,000 full-time students.
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