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SDUW Delegation Visits Partner Universities in the United States
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From November 15th to 17th, a delegation led by Mr. Yin Zuosheng,Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Shandong University, Weihai (SDUW), visited Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and George Mason University (GMU). Relevant staff from School of Space Science and Physics, and International Office accompanied Mr. Yin on his visit.

At WUSTL, in the company of Prof. Alian Wang, Research Professor of Planetary Sciences, the delegation paid a visit to Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory, Planetary Raman Imaging, Electron Microprobe Laboratory, etc. Later, the delegation held a meeting with Prof. James Wertsch, Vice Chancellor for International Relations, Prof. Slava Solomatov, Chair of Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, etc. , during which both parties reviewed achievements in the past decade and explored possibilities to carry out high-level exchange and cooperation in the field of planetary sciences.  

During the stay, Prof. Holden Thorp, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, met with the delegation. Mr. Yin pointed out that since SDUW established partnership with WUSTL in 2006, a complete teaching system and a mature research team have been set up in the field of planetary sciences, and the team has made contributions to China’s moon exploration and space detection. He also expressed his gratitude for the great support lent by Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and those efforts made by Prof. Wang along with her colleagues in terms of the development of research group. Prof. Thorp said that the two universities have developed a win-win relationship by carrying out a number of practical cooperation in joint education programs for doctoral students. By the end of the meeting, the two universities renewed the cooperation agreement.  

During the meeting with relevant staff from GMU, Mr. Yin said that among universities attending the “Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program”, GMU is the most important partner university to SDUW in the United States. Since 2005 when the two universities officially established partnership, SDUW has sent a total of 47 students to GMU, most of which are admitted into postgraduate programs of world-class universities including Columbia University, Cornell University, etc. 

Meanwhile, both parties agreed to further the cooperation by means of  “3+1+1” program, “2+2” double-degree program, as well as faculty exchange. The delegation also held a discussion with relevant staff from the Department of Physics and Astronomy regarding research collaboration and exchange of students. Later, the delegation paid a visit to the Mason Observatory, and met with SDUW students studying at GMU.  

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