Summer 2012

9 th World Biomaterials Congress


Swedish Ambassador to

China Visits SCU

Professor Ada Yonath, Nobel

Chemistry Prize Laureate

Visits SCU

Professor Jack Szostak,

Nobel Physiology or Medicine Laureate

Speaks at Sichuan University

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower on West China

Campus, SCU was built in 1926. It

was originally called Coles Memorial

Tower, named after its donor, Jonathan

Ackerman Coles, a doctor from

New York. The clock tower spires 30

meters above the ground. The clock

was manufactured by the Meneely

Bell Company. The movement of the

mechanical pendulum of the clock has

continued for over eight decades.

The Clock Tower has become a unique

symbol of the West China Campus. Its

resounding rings became a signature of

life in Chengdu, reporting hours for the

local residents. The rings also became

a special signal of Christianity, calling on

Christians in Chengdu to gather around

the Clock Tower on the Eve of Christmas.

They sing Christmas carols in

chorus and wait for the hourly chimes.

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02 Spotlight

9 th World Biomaterials Congress Opens ..............................................................................02

CCS 28 th Annual Meeting and 80 th Anniversary Celebration held in SCU ........................04

Swedish Ambassador to China Visits SCU ..........................................................................05

Professor Ada Yonath, Nobel Chemistry Prize Laureate Visits SCU ...................................06

Professor Jack Szostak, Nobel Physiology or Medicine Laureate Speaks

at Sichuan University ............................................................................................................07

08 Feature

Professor Max Dohmann ......................................................................................................08

12 Visits

Executive Vice-President of Boston University Visits SCU ..................................................12

ASU Vice-President Visits SCU .............................................................................................13

DCM of the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi Visits SCU ..............................................13

Harvard University Professor Gives Presentation to SCU Students ...................................14

University of Illinois Professor David M. Ceperleya, member of National Academy

of Sciences, Visits SCU ..........................................................................................................15

Professor Ole Blok Fejerskov, World-Renowned Expert on Dental Caries Research,

Receives Honorary Professorship at SCU .............................................................................15

16 Out Reach

SCU Delegation Visits Japan ................................................................................................16

SCU Delegation Visits Five Renowned American Universities ...........................................17

SCU-UMass Joint Forum Successfully Opens in America ...................................................17

20 Acdemic

Professor Feng Xiaoming’s Research Project Wins 2011 Top 10 Science and

Technology Progress Awards for Chinese Universities .......................................................20

NPG and West China School of Stomatology Co-Publishes IJOS ..................................... 21

The Tomato Genome Sequence Provides Insights into Fleshy Fruit Evolution .................22

23 Cooperation

SCU and University of Pittsburgh Sign Cooperation Memorandum and Contract ..........23

University of Central Lancashire Signed a Cooperation Framework

Agreement With SCU ............................................................................................................23

Canada-China Distance Learning Project for Primary-Care General

Practitioner Kicks off ............................................................................................................24

China Stomatology Museum Signs Cooperation Agreement with the Museum

of Dentistry and Medicine, Nippon Dental University .......................................................25

SCU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Feng Chia University ........................................26

Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad Set up in Sichuan University......................26

27 Conferences

2 nd International Conference on Frontiers of Plasmonics Held in SCU ...........................27

Bradford RCUK Science Bridges China: 2 nd Research Workshop on Advanced

Materials for Healthcare and Inauguration Ceremony of UK-China Advanced

Materials Research Institute held at SCU .............................................................................28

SCU Hosts 8 th Cross-Taiwan Straits Symposium on Public Administration .....................29

SCU Hosts 2012 Cross Strait Symposium on Confucianism ............................................29

30 Study Abroad

SCU Young Teachers’ Overseas Training and International Exchange Program

held at ASU ............................................................................................................................30

Young MD from the No. 2 Hospital of SCU Attends High Level Forum in Brussels .......30

31 Brief News

33 Campus

2012 SCU-Hokkaido University Exchange Day Celebrated in SCU ...................................33

Jazz Lab Ensemble, Ball State University Performs at SCU .................................................35

SCU Holds 3 rd International Cup for International Students in Medical School .............35


S potlight

The 9 th World Biomaterials Con-

gress (WBC 2012) kicked off in

Chengdu on June 1. WBC 2012 is

the largest top-level conference ever held

in the field of biomaterials. The confer-

ence is cosponsored by the International

Union of Societies for Biomaterials Sci-

ence and Engineering (IUSBSE) and the

Chinese Society for Biomaterials (CSB)

and is cohosted by SCU and Chengdu

Municipal Government. Approximately

3,800 people attended the opening cer-


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9 th World

Biomaterials Congress


Dr. Zhang Xingdong, President of

the 9 th World Biomaterials Congress,

President of the Chinese Commission

of Biomaterials, and Member of the

Chinese Academy of Engineering hosted

the opening ceremony. Important gov-

ernment leaders concerned sent letters

of congratulation, or attended and ad-

dressed the opening ceremony.

Professor Nicholas Peppas, President

of IUSBSE, expressed appreciation for the

Government of China and the Chinese

universities for their support to WBC 2012.

He said that all the biomaterial scientist

across the world should be proud of what

they did. Thanks to their efforts, the quality

of people’s lives was improving. He hoped

that the researchers and corporate busi-

nessmen attending the conference would

collaborate to work on the new biomate-

rial issues and use biomaterials to improve

people’s life.

On behalf of all the faculty, staffs and

students of SCU, Dr. Xie Heping, Honor-

ary President of WBC 2012, President of

SCU and Member of the Chinese Acade-

my of Engineering, extended congratula-

tions to WBC 2012 in a speech. The aca-

demic circle of biomaterials showed great

confidence in and expectations for SCU

by picking SCU as one of the cohosts of

WBC 2012. SCU’s involvement in the

organization of the conference was a

milestone that SCU’s research in bioma-

terials and other related fields had enter

a new stage of development. SCU looked

forward to collaborating with colleagues

from across the world to promote the

development of biomaterial science and


The theme for this congress is Innova-

tive Biomaterials and Crossing Frontiers

in Biomaterials and Regenerative Medi-

cine, incorporating two areas—frontiers

of research and traditional materials and

their improvement. The communica-

tions at the congress covers diverse fields,

including biomedical materials, medical

implant and synthetic organs, tissue en-

gineering, testing and evaluation of bio-

medical materials and products, progress

of clinical research and application, and

the management, education and ethics

of biomedical materials and medical im-

plants. The congress provides an oppor-

tunity to present the results and progress

of global research in biomaterial science

and engineering and discuss the direction

for future development. The congress is

also a multidisciplinary platform for the

scholars, corporate businessmen and ad-

ministrators in the field of biomaterials

to hold talks.

Over 3,000 biomaterials experts, schol-

ars and young researchers from 57 coun-

tries and regions submitted 2,900 plus

abstracts. The congress was graced with

the presence of 16 members of overseas

academies of science and engineering,

including Professor William Bonfield, Fel-

low of the Royal Society(FRS), Fellow of

the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng)

and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sci-

ences, 10 member of the Chinese Academy

of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of

Engineering, and 110 distinguished inter-

national biomaterials experts certified by


Since its founding 32 years ago, this

is the first time for WBC to be held in a

developing country, which shows that

China’s biomaterial science and engi-

neering has reach the advanced level in

the world. The congress is one of the

most important international academic

conferences held in Chengdu, suggesting

that Chengdu City has become an impor-

tant center of international biomaterials

research, development and academic

exchange. WBC 2012 provided an oppor-

tunity for China to display to the world

its rapid development and openness. It is

also an importance arena for the prosper-

ous development of material science and

engineering in China.


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S potlight

CCS 28 th Annual Meeting and

80 th Anniversary Celebration held in SCU

The 28 th Annual Meeting of the

Chinese Chemical Society (CCS)

and the CCS 80 th Anniversary

Celebration were held in the morn-

ing of April 13, 2012 in the stadium of

Wangjiang Campus, SCU. The Annual

Meeting was sponsored by CCS and

hosted by SCU.

The theme of the 28 th Annual Meet-

ing of CCS is the Mission of Chemistry.

5,500 experts and scholars, including

50 members of the Chinese Academy

of Science, Chinese Academy of Engi-

neering, and the Third World Academy

of Sciences, attended the plenary ses-

sion. The 28 th annual meeting has 19

sessions and 9 forums, 6 of which be-

ing bilateral forums involving China

and some other countries. This annual

meeting has by far the most partici-

pants and is the largest one ever held.

Altogether 4,040 research papers and

2,631 posters, covering an extensive

range of research interests and hot is-

sues, were submitted. The quality of

research showed substantial improve-

ment over the research presented at the

previous annual meetings. Professor

Xie Heping, President of SCU and

member of the Chinese Academy of

Engineering, and Professor Li Guangx-

ian, Vice-President of SCU, were ap-

pointed as the executive chairpersons

of the 4-day Annual Meeting held on

April 13 th through 16 th . Six keynote

speeches were made at the plenary

session. 571 invited speeches and 834

oral presentations were made in the

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sessions. The chairpersons of the Roy-

al Society of Chemistry (UK), Ameri-

can Chemical Society, the Chemical

Society of Japan, the Korean Chemi-

cal Society, and Chinese Chemical

Society located in Taipei all spoke at

the plenary session. The afternoon of

April 16 th witnessed the second plena-

ry session and the closing ceremony.


The Chinese Chemical Society (CCS)

was founded on August 4, 1932 in Nan-

jing. CCS is a civil organization involved

in research and technology in chemistry

or other related fields and was formed on

an voluntary basis by educators. CCS is a

public service organization. It is officially

egistered and is therefore an legal entity.

The organization is a component of the

China Association for Science and Tech-

nology and is an important social force

that promotes the development of chemical

science and technology in China.

The CCS academic annual meeting

is actually a biennial event. Prestigious

Chinese higher education institutions or

research institutes with the necessary fa-

cilities take turns to host the event. It is

the largest top-level event in the field of

chemistry. There were as many as 2,000

plus participants at each of the last three

CCS annual meetings.

SCU is an important member of CCS

and has always been involved in the de-

velopment of CCS since its founding. Mr.

Ren Hongjuan, a distinguished Chinese

chemist and President of SCU from 1935

to 1937, made great contribution to the

development the modern science and the

education industry in China. Mr. Zhang

Hongyuan, one of the 45 founding mem-

bers of CCS, was a professor at SCU. He

was involved in the preparation of CCS

and attended the founding ceremony of

CCS in August, 1932. He served as the

chairperson of the Department of Chem-

istry and Dean of the School of Science,

SCU from 1937 to 1941. In 1978, he

was re-appointed as a professor and

chairman of the Department of Chemi-

cal Engineering, Chengdu University of

Science and Technology. Professor Zhang

was a chemical engineering scientist and


Swedish Ambassador to China

Visits SCU

In the afternoon of

April 17, Professor

Li Hong, Execu-

tive Vice-President of

SCU, and Professor

Yan Shijing, Vice-

President of SCU met

with Mr. Lars Fredén,

Swedish Ambassa-

dor to China and his

attendants, includ-

ing staffs from the

Embassy of Sweden

in Beijing and the Sweden-China Trade

Council and representatives of Swed-

ish medical companies. Officials from

West China Center of Medicine and the

institutions concerned and attended the


Executive Vice-President Li wel-

comed Ambassador Fredén and his

attendants and introduced the history

and latest development of West China

Center of Medicine. Vice-President Li

said that Sweden was a exceptionally

beautiful country. Sweden had the

most advanced medical technology

and the medical companies in Sweden

had great strength. In recent years,

China had experienced rapid develop-

ment and the healthcare needs had

been growing significantly as a result.

SCU had the responsibility and obli-

gation to improve medical education

and contribute to the improvement of

healthcare technologies. He hoped that

Ambassador Fredén’s visit would help

deepen the cooperation between SCU

and Swedish medical companies and

promote the exchange between the two

counties in the fields of academic train-

ing, research and social service.

Ambassador Fredén expressed appre-

ciation for the warm reception given by

SCU. He briefly introduced healthcare

and higher education institutions in

Sweden, stressing that Chinese students

studying in Sweden made important con-

tribution to medical research in Sweden.

He said that the Swedish Government

and corporations would be more than

happy to have communication and ex-

change in various fields with China. Edu-

cation, in particular, is a field in which

they would love to cooperate more with


Representatives from Swedish corpora-

tions introduced themselves at the meet-

ing and talked about their intentions and

plans for cooperating with SCU.

During his visit, Ambassador Fredén

and his delegation also took a tour of the

West China Hospital, SCU.


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S potlight

Professor Ada Yonath,

Nobel Chemistry Prize Laureate Visits SCU

Professor Ada Yonath, an Israeli scien-

tist and Laureate of the Nobel Prize

for Chemistry, and Professor Zhen

Huang, a tenured professor of chemistry

and biochemistry and advisor of Ph.D.

candidates, Georgia State University, visited

SCU. Professor Li Guangxian, Executive

Vice-President of SCU, welcomed them.

Officials form the International Office and

the School of Life Science of SCU also at-

tended the reception.

Executive Vice-President Li ex-

tended a warm welcome to Professor

Yonath. He introduced the history of

SCU, the extensive range of academic

and research programs of the school,

its rapid development, the top scien-

tists, some of whom being members

of the Chinese Academy of Science

and the Chinese Academy of Engi-

neering, recruited by SCU, and the

school’s numerous achievements in

the field of art, humanities, science,

engineering and medicine.

Afterwards, Professor Yonath

delivered a fascinating academic

presentation entitled From Basic

Science to Advanced Clinical Com-

pounds to the students of SCU. First

of all, Professor Yonath showed a

chart displaying the trend of average

life expectancy in the world. Then

Professor Yonath introduced the suc-

cess and the latest progress her lab

had accomplished in the research

of how the antibiotics combined

with the Ribonsome of the patho-

gen, how the antibiotics blocked

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the protein synthesis process of the

pathogen, and how drug tolerance

was formed. She also shared with

SCU students anecdotes about the

analysis of the crystal structure of

the Ribonsome and encouraged the

students to become fearless young

scientists and attack the most chal-

lenging problems of science. After

her presentation, Professor Yonath

took questions from the audience.

Professor Ada Yonath Biography

Ada E. Yonath is an Israeli scientist. She

graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusa-

lem with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in

1962, and a master’s degree in biochemistry

in 1964. In 1968, she earned a Ph.D. at the

Weizmann Institute of Science. Then Yonath

accepted postdoctoral positions at the Carnegie

Mellon University (1969) and MIT (1970).

In 2006, Yonath won the Wolf Prize in Chem-

istry (co-recipient with George Feher) “for in-

genious structural discoveries of the ribosomal

machinery of peptide-bond formation and the

light-driven primary processes in photosynthe-

sis.” The Wolf Prize in Chemistry is awarded to

scientists who have not won the Nobel Prize of

Chemistry, but who have made great contri-

bution to research in Chemistry. It is the one

of the most prestigious honors in the field of


Professor Jack Szostak, Nobel Physiology or

Medicine Laureate Speaks at Sichuan University

Professor Jack William Szostak,

Laureate of the 2009 Nobel

Prize for Physiology or Medicine

visited SCU on May 25. President Xie

Heping welcomed Professor Szostak

and expressed appreciation for his ac-

ceptance of honorary professorship at

SCU. President Xie said that SCU facul-

ties and students cordially welcomed

Professor Szostak to visit SCU again in

the future and cooperate with SCU. He

hoped that SCU faculties and student

would take advantage of the occasion

to talk with Professor Szostak about

physiological sciences and medicine.

President Xie asked Professor Szostak

to give suggestions for the development

of the academic disciplines concerned

in SCU.

Professor Szostak thanked President

Xie for the warm reception. He said it

was his first trip to China and he was

very impressed with the rapid develop-

ment of China. He was also impressed

by SCU’s modern education philoso-

phy and facilities. He would like to use

the chance of accepting the honorary

professorship to communicate with the

scholars and researchers in the relevant

fields and find opportunities for exten-

sive and intensive cooperation as soon

as possible.

President Xie issued a letter of ap-

pointment for Professor Szostak to

become an honorary professor of SCU.

Afterwards, Professor Szostak made a

presentation entitled Origin of Life and

the Development of the Theory of Evo-

lution to SCU students, receiving en-

thusiastic response from the students.


Jack William Szostak is an eminent biolo-

gist. He is a member of National Academy

of Sciences and American

Academy of Arts and Scienc-

es, Investigator of Howard

Hughes Medical Institute,

Professor of Genetics at Har-

vard Medical School and Al-

exander Rich Distinguished

Investigator at Massachusetts

General Hospital, Boston.

He was awarded the 2009

Nobel Prize for Physiology or

Medicine, along with Eliza-

beth Blackburn and Carol W.

Greider, for the discovery of how chromosomes

are protected by telomeres. He is credited with

the construction of the world’s first yeast arti-

ficial chromosome. That achievement helped

scientists to map the location of genes in mam-

mals and to develop techniques for manipulat-

ing genes.


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F eature

Professor Max Dohmann

On a warm day in March, Professor

Max Dohmann gladly accepted an

interview in the No. 8 Courtyard,

an old-style architecture used as a guest-

house on West China Campus, Sichuan

University (SCU). Professor Dohmann is

an honorary professor of SCU and one of

the first few foreign experts who came to

SCU through the SCU Senior Professor

Recruitment Program. He reflected on his

experience of and rewards from decades

of involvement in research and his con-

nections to SCU in the last two decades.

On a warm day in March, Professor

Max Dohmann, an honorary professor

of Sichuan University (SCU), gladly re-

ceived an interview in the No. 8 Court-

yard, a traditional-style architecture used

as a guesthouse on West China Campus,

SCU. He was among the first few foreign

experts who came to SCU through the

Senior Professor Recruitment Program

(SPRP). Professor Dohmann reflected

on the decades he spent on research and

shared his experiences. He also talked

about his connections with SCU in the

last two decades.

Unreserved Dedication to Research

Professor Dohamann entered col-

lege in 1960 and has been dedicated

to research in water environment ever

since then. His success in the field is well

recognized. He has served in various aca-

demic and social capacities and enjoys

high prestige in society. Because of his

outstanding contribution to water envi-

ronment protection, Professor Dohmann

has won numerous honors and awards.

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For example, he was appointed Govern-

ing Director of International Water As-

sociation (IWA) and awarded the First

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic

of Germany, which is more than ample

evidence for his devotion to and out-

standing achievement in the field of

water environment protection and for

the recognition accorded him by top aca-

demic institutions and the government

of Germany. In regard to the honors he

had won, Professor Dohmann modestly

conceded that he was only doing what

he enjoyed the most. He never regretted

his initial decision to disobey his father’s

wishes and choose environmental en-

gineering for his college education and

lifetime career.

Professor Dohmann shared his rule

for success in a speech addressed to SCU

students. He said, “You have to learn

from your failure by acquiring experience

from it. It is also important to develop

self-control and gratefulness. I am grate-

ful for everything I have today and for

the people who have helped me. I believe

there are four keys for the door to suc-

cess—a keen interest in learning and the

right direction, diligence and persever-

ance, development of a sociable charac-

ter, and gratitude.

Thriving Career at SCU

Professor Dohmann has paid 12 visits

to Chengdu since 1994. He fell in love

with the city and called it his “second

hometown.” He believed that he would

continue his active career at SCU.

SCU has had a great deal of coopera-

tion and exchange with RWTH Aachen

University in the field of environmental

engineering for a long period of time.

Thanks to the liaison and assistance from

Professor Dohmann, SCU introduced the

core courses of the master’s program in

environmental engineering from RWTH

Aachen University as early as April, 2004.

Professor Dohmann’s face lit up with

excitement when he started talking about

SCU. He said that SCU has accumulated

rich cultural heritage since its found-

ing over a century ago. Being a research-

oriented comprehensive university, SCU

was committed to its responsibilities

for academic training and research. The

school was also committed to the social

responsibilities a top university should

undertake. SCU believed that its devel-

opment was inseparable from the com-

mon, popular and global environmental

problems usually associated with social


development and regional economy.

SCU exerted its strengths in research, the

comprehensive range of disciplines, and

competent human resources to explore

for ways to deal with the environmental

issues that are critical for the existence

of all humans. Considering SCU’s atten-

tion to environmental issues, Professor

Dohmann believed that SCU is doing

meaningful work in teaching and re-

search. He, then, made up his mind to

work with researchers at SCU and partici-

pate in joint research projects by China

and Germany so as to make his due

share of contribution to the resolution of

various water environment management

problems faced by China, Germany and

many other countries. As a result, the

Sino-Germany Water Management Sym-

posium (SGWMS), co-sponsored by SCU

and RWTH Aachen University, was held

in April, 2010 with the help from Profes-

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sor Dohmann. The Sino-Germany Water

Environment Management Research Cen-

ter (SiGeWa), co-founded by SCU and

RWTH Aachen University, was opened

at the same time, taking the cooperation

between the two school to a higher and

more intensive level and forging a plat-

form for high-level research projects for

the experts of the two countries.

Professor Dohmann said that en-

vironmental science, especially water

management, bore great significance for

the future development of China and

Germany. Climate change and environ-

ment pollution were not regional prob-

lems, but global challenges instead. The

only way to solve these global problems

was that politicians, scientists, the media

and the public working together to deal

with them. Citizens should develop bet-

ter awareness of environment protection

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and start with small things in life, e.g.,

sorting out household waste. Germany

had achieved great success in this area

and was happy to introduce its experi-

ence to other countries. In addition,

information-sharing, communication

and cooperation were conducive to re-

search progress in the field. China and

Germany should reinforce cooperation

and exchange in water resources so as

to enhance research capacity, intensify

the cooperation between science and

business, and establish strategic partner-

ship in order to achieve critical success

in relevant fields. Professor Dohmann

is convinced that bilateral cooperation

will help China, Germany and other

countries solve their problems with water

environment management and that the

SGWEMRC, with the support from SCU

and RWTH Aachen University, will be-

come a platform for state-of-art research.

Professor Dohmann spoke very highly

of China’s work in environmental protec-

tion. He thought that the Government

of China attached great importance to

environmental protection. The Chinese

Government invested large amount of

human resources and funding, made

great efforts, achieved substantial success

and won world-wide acclaim. He hoped

that China would continue its efforts in

environmental protection and the im-

provement of people’s quality of life. He

hoped that China would become a role

model for the world.

At present, led by Professor Dohm-

ann, SCU and RWTH Aachen University

are working together to apply for Sustain-

able Technologies and Services for the

Water and Resource Management in the

upper Reach of Yangtze River in Sichuan,

China, a major international cooperation

project. The application is made through

SGWEMRC. In this project, research in-

stitutes, corporations and administrators

from China and Germany will cooper-

ate to study issues critical to the water

resources utilization and management in

the upper reaches of Yangtze River, such

as river basin planning and management,

energy optimization of water-related

infrastructure, urban water resources

management and clean production,

and regional resources management.

Sustainable management and critical

technologies for the use of resources will

be studied. Cross-disciplinary research

theories and methodologies will be used

to conduct the project. Tsinghua Univer-

sity, SCU, Southwest Jiaotong University,

and Sichuan Agriculture University are

involved in the project. Professor Dohm-

ann hoped that the project would help

enhance the international reputation and

influence of SCU. He explained, “This

is my due responsibility because I am a

member of SCU.”

High Praise for SPRP

SCU launched SPRP in 2011 in a bid

to recruit international experts and utilize

their academic resources to accelerate the

pace of internationalization, developing

high-quality academic training programs

and developing a highly-competent fac-

ulty. SCU intends to recruit over 100 se-

nior foreign experts in five years and has

already hired five SPRP professors.

Being one of the first few SPRP ex-

perts, Professor Dohmann became well

acquainted with SPRP. He spoke highly

of the program. He said that the admin-

istrators at SCU must have had a great

vision for SCU when they proposed

SPRP. After the program is carried out,

SCU would be able to gather together

the most influential scientists in diverse

fields and these scientists would help

form the most capable faculty, improve

the quality of research, teaching and in-

ternationalization, build up the school’s

influence and competitiveness in the

world, and accelerate the pace to build

SCU into a world-renowned top Chinese

research-oriented comprehensive uni-

versity. Professor Dohmann discussed

the ideas and plans he had for his work

at SCU. He said, “After I came to SCU,

the school administration has given

me so much support and care in every

way possible. My wife and I feel really

touched by the kind gesture of providing

a residence in the quiet and elegant West

China Campus. According to the first

contract I signed with the school, I teach

and give lectures to undergraduate and

postgraduate students and advise them

in their studies. In addition, I will utilize

my academic and research tasks and the

SiGeWa platform to promote and facili-

tate the construction of SiGeWa, conduct

cooperational application research, lead

the faculties of the related disciplines to

improve the quality of research so as to

catch up with and surpass the frontier of

research in the world, and promote the

academic and research development of

SCU on the whole.”

Professor Dohmann expressed his ap-

preciation of the care and consideration

for his life and work from President Xie

Heping, Vice-President Shi Jian, Vice-

President Yan Shijing, and many other

officials of SCU. He said that he would

try his best to facilitate SCU in the re-

search exchange and cooperation in envi-

ronmental engineering and other related

fields. He would like to help train more

outstanding scholars and researchers and

he wanted to be a “qualified member of


After the interview is finished, Profes-

sor Dohman seemed to have changed

into a different person. He put on his

sportswear and helmet and hopped

on his mountain bike. Then he cycled

around leisurely on West China Campus,

enjoying the rare sunny day and reflect-

ing on the history of the West China

Campus. “This is the most important

hobby for my leisure time,” Professor

Dohmann waved us goodbye.


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V isits

Executive Vice-President of

Boston University Visits SCU

Jan. 9 th , 2012, Dr. Karen Antman,

member of the Institute of Medi-

cine of the National Academies,

Executive Vice-President of Boston Uni-

versity, visited Sichuan University. Execu-

tive Vice-President Li Hong met with the

delegation headed by Dr. Karen Antman

and awarded her with an honorary pro-

fessorship of Sichuan University (SCU).

Directors from the International Office,

West China Medical Center, and College

of Life Sciences attended the meeting.

On behalf of Sichuan University, Ex-

ecutive Vice-President Li first extended

a warm welcome to the delegation

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led by Dr. Antman. According to Vice-

President Li, Sichuan University was

actively taking part in academic train-

ing, scientific research, social service,

cultural heritage and renovation with

the aim of “building a world-class uni-

versity.” Dr. Antman also pointed out

that currently China was carrying out a

new round of healthcare reforms. SCU

would take advantage of its medical

resources to expand access to medical

services in rural and urban areas. Vice-

President Li hoped that during Dr. Ant-

man’s term as Honorary Professor of

Sichuan University, Boston University

and Sichuan University would conduct

active and fruitful cooperation in the

fields of medical science and life sci-


Dr. Antman said she was honored to

have visited SCU and become an Honor-

ary Professor here. After a brief introduc-

tion of Boston University, she pointed

out that Boston University and Sichuan

University had many things in common,

such as interdisciplinary research, aca-

demic training, and medical service. She

hoped that through this visit, both uni-

versities would strengthen mutual com-

munication and cooperation and that the

two sides would make good preparation

for the leaders of Sichuan University to

visit Boston University in April.

After the meeting, Dr. Antman also

visited West China Hospital, Sichuan

University Museum and College of Life



Dr. Karen Antman is the Executive Vice-

President of Boston University School of

Medicine and provost of the Medical Cam-

pus. She is in charge of the Boston University

School of Medicine, School of Dental Medi-

cine, and School of Public Health. She is the

Dean of Boston University School of Medi-

cine and She currently sits on the Fogarty

International Center’s Advisory Committee,

National Institution of Health (NIH). In

2011, she was elected a member of the Insti-

tute of Medicine of the National Academies.

She served as an associate editor of the New

England Journal of Medicine, a major jour-

nal in the field of medicine. Dr. Antman has

also served as President of the American As-

sociation for Cancer Research (AACR) and

the American Society for Blood and Marrow

Transplantation.. She published over 100 re-

search papers and is a well-known researcher

in medical science in the United States.

ASU Vice-President Visits SCU

Feb 13 th , 2012, SCU Vice-President

Yan Shijing met with Mr. Denis

Fred Simon, Vice-President of

Arizona State University (ASU) in the

Administration Building, Wangjiang

Campus. Officials from departments con-

cerned participated in the meeting.

On behalf of SCU, Vice-President

Yan first extended a warm welcome

to Vice-President Simon. Two Vice-

Presidents reviewed the cooperation

between the two schools since 2004. It

has been eight years since then and Au-

gust 2006 saw the foundation of Sino-

US Strategic Planning Institute. No-

vember 2010 saw the establishment of

American Culture Center. Meanwhile,

the two universities have been actively

conducting the 3+2 Joint Degree Pro-

grams in engineering and the 2+1+1

student exchange program.

During this visit, the two sides at-

tached great importance to the 3+2 MPA/

MPP Joint Master Degree Program for

students in College of Public Affairs,

renewed the mutual cooperation agree-

ment, discussed the future plan of Ameri-

can Culture Center, emphasized the

importance of strengthening cooperation

in the field of humanities and arts and

the cooperation on starting an academic

journal in English, discussed with officials

DCM of the Embassy of

the Republic of Malawi Visits SCU

March 21 th , 2012, Professor Yan

Shijing, Vice-President of SCU,

met with Mr. Henri Mumba,

the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of

the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi.

Leading officials from the Office of Sci-

entific Research and Development, Col-

lege of Water Resource and Hydropower

(CWRH), College of Electronics and

Information Engineering, and the Inter-

national Office of SCU also attended the


Vice-President Yan extended a warm

welcome to the delegation led by Mr.

Henri Mumba. He made a detailed in-

troduction of CWRH’s academic and

research strengths and rich experience of

different construction projects. CWRH,

SCU has established an academic system

that incorporates bachelor, master, and

Ph.D. programs. CWRH has undertaken

a large number of major research proj-

from the SCU Business School about

plans for future cooperation as well as

further cooperation and development in

other fields. In addition, Vice-President

Simon made a speech for SCU students

about the 3+2 joint master’s program.

The speech was warmly received by SCU


Vice-President Yan wished that Vice-

President Simon’s visit would strengthen

the mutual friendship between the two

universities and facilitate future commu-

nication and cooperation in research and

academic training.

Vice-President Denis Fred Simon ex-

pressed sincere thanks for the warm wel-

come he received at SCU. He hoped that

with the excellent relationship between the

two universities, ASU and SCU would ex-

tend their cooperation to more fields and

realize a win-win situation for both sides.


ects and obtained numerous patents.

Vice-President Yan said that, thanks

to the assistance of Sichuan Provincial

People’s Association for Friendship with

Foreign Countries, SCU had the privilege

of developing cooperation activities in

agriculture, water resources, science and

technology with Malawi. SCU would

be more than happy to accept quali-

fied young students from Malawi to do

bachelor, master, and Ph.D. programs in

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CWRH. In addition, SCU also welcome

Malawian engineers to visit SCU for

short-term academic exchange programs.

CWRH would readily provide short-term

training programs for Malawi so as to

promote the exchange and cooperation

between China and Malawi. Vice-Pres-

ident Yan stressed that the cooperation

would definitely promote SCU’s scientific

research and development in interna-

tional translational science.

Mr. Henri Mumba thanked SCU

Harvard University Professor

Gives Presentation to SCU Students

In the evening of May 28, Harvard

University Professor David A. Weitz,

a member of the National Academy

of Sciences and the American Academy

of Arts and Sciences, made a popular

science presentation, Cooking and Sci-

ence—From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter

Science, captivating the attention of 600

faculties and students.

Professor Weitz demonstrated the

inventions of top chefs in the world and

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took the students on a journey of science

and cooking. He used experiments to

for the hospitable reception. He said

that SCU was a high-level academic

institution with a very long history. It

had remarkable strength in research in

agricultural water resources technol-

ogy. The Republic of Malawi would like

to have more extensive exchange and

communication with SCU on the basis

of the cooperation in agricultural water

resources technology. In addition, Mr.

Mumba gave thanks to SCU for its wish

to provide trainings for teachers and

students from Malawi. After a detailed

introduction of the education system in

Malawi, Mr. Mumba said that the cam-

pus of the Malawi University of Science

and Technology was finally put into

use, thanks to the assistance from the

Chinese Government. He wished that

SCU would form a friendly intercolle-

giate relationship of cooperation with

the Malawi University of Science and

Technology, which would further pro-

moting the cooperation between China

and the Republic of Malawi.

explain theories, leaving a deep impres-

sion on the students with his fascinating

presentation. The students learn a lot of

things in a relaxed atmosphere of joy and

laughter. The students volunteered a lot

of questions at the end of the presenta-

tion and Professor Weitz made accurate

and interesting response to them one

by one. The students were impressed by

Professor Weitz’s earnest attitude toward


University of Illinois Professor David M. Ceperleya,

member of National Academy of Sciences, Visits SCU

On May 29, Professor David M.

Ceperleya of the University of

Illinois visited SCU and was re-

ceived by President Xie Heping. Professor

Ceperleya is a member of National Acad-

emy of Sciences. Vice President Yan Shi-

jing and the officials concerned attended

the reception.

President Xie extended warm welcome

to Professor Ceperley. He hoped that

Professor Ceperley would make some

suggestions for the development of the

Faculty of Physics and facilitate the rapid

development of the Faculty of Physics.

Professor Ceperley appreciated Presi-

dent Xie’s recognition of the University

of Illinois. He hoped that there would be

more exchange between the faculty and

students of the two universities and that

they would collaborate to investigate aca-

demic issues.

Afterwards, President Xie presented

Professor Ceperley with a letter of ap-

pointment and souvenirs.

Professor Ole Blok Fejerskov,

World-Renowned Expert on Dental Caries Research,

Receives Honorary Professorship at SCU

Danish Professor Ole Blok Fejer-

skov, an eminent expert on dental

caries research, visited SCU and

was warmly received by President Xie

Heping on May 29 th . Vice-President Zhou

Xuedong, Vice President Yan Shijing and

the officials concerned attended the re-


During the meeting, President Xie said

that SCU was pleased to have invited

Professor Fejerskov to become an honor-

ary professor. He believed that Professor

Fejerskov would be an inspiration for

SCU students

Professor Fejerskov said that the coun-

tries in the West witnessed the accom-

plishment and progress China has made

in academic research and that China dis-

played to the world its strength in basic

sciences. He was qutie confident of the

bright prospects for the development of

stomatology in SCU. He stated that West

China School of Stomatology was the

best in China and that it would definitely

play an important role in the field of sto-

matology in the world.

Afterwards, President Xie presented

Professor Fejerskovwith a letter of ap-

pointment as honorary professor at SCU.

Professor Ole Blok Fejerskov’s Biography

Professor Ole Blok Fejerskov is a top

expert on dental caries. He served as Vice-

President of Aarhus University, Vice-

chairman of the Nordic Academy for Ad-

vanced Studies, and Director of the Danish

National Research Foundation. In 2005, the

Government of China gave him the “Friend-

ship Award” for foreign experts for his out-

standing contribution to cooperation between

China and Europe.


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SCU Delegation Visits Japan

At the invitation of President Isao

Taniguchi of Kumamoto Univer-

sity, SCU Executive Vice-President

Li Guangxian visited Japan in March,


During his stay at Kumamoto Uni-

versity, Vice-President Li held talks with

President Taniguchi. Both presidents

reviewed the cooperation and exchanges

between the two schools in recent years

and agreed on a series of plans for fur-

ther cooperation, e.g., the construction of

SCU-Kumamoto Joint laboratory, faculty

cooperation, high-level joint academic

training, 2+2.5 joint degree programs,

and student overseas study program in


SCU delegation was also invited

to attend the retirement address and

ceremony for Professor Kenji Kida of

Kumamoto University. Professor Kida

is a high-level foreign expert recruited

by SCU through the “1,000 Foreign Ex-

perts Recruitment Program”. Professor

SCU delegation held talks with concerning departments

at Waseda University

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Executive Vice-President Li Guangxian delivered

a speech at the Retirement Ceremony for

Professor Kenji Kida at Kumamoto University

Kida is a well-known Japanese expert

of environmental biotechnology and

has won the 2010 Japan Biotechnol-

ogy Award. Executive Vice-President

Li delivered a speech at the ceremony

and welcomed Prof. Kida to become a

part of SCU. He hoped that Prof. Kida

could realize his new dreams at SCU

by using biomass technology to recycle

resources and promote the sustainable

development of the society.

During the visit to Japan, the delega-

tion also visited Waseda University and

Hitachi Ltd.

Executive Vice-President Li Guangx-

ian held talks with Vice-President Kat-

suichi Uchida of Waseda University.

Executive Vice-President Li expressed

SCU’s hope to strengthen exchange and

cooperation with Waseda University in

areas including student exchange, high-

level joint academic training programs,

the establishment of a research plat-

form, summer camp, and cultural week

activities. Waseda University showed

strong interests in SCU’s proposals

and responded with great enthusiasm

in the possibility of future coopera-

tion. Through the talks, the two sides

reached a tentative agreement on stu-

dents’ short-term overseas study pro-

gram and scholarship programs.

At Hitachi Ltd., Executive Vice-

President Li held talks with the officials

from the departments concerned. In a

friendly atmosphere, both sides reviewed

the achievements of the SCU-Hitachi

Environmental Applications Research

Center since SCU President Xie Heping’s

visit to Hitachi Ltd. Hitachi Ltd. intro-

duced the company’s newly developed

e-government technology and solutions

and hoped to reinforce the future coop-


The delegation’s visit further pro-

moted the cooperation and understand-

ing between SCU and famous Japanese

universities and companies and achieved

great success.

Executive Vice-President Li Guangxian visited

HPT Matsudo Research Laboratory

SCU-UMass Joint Forum

Successfully Opens in America

On behalf of President Xie Hep-

ing, Professor Li Hong, Execu-

tive Vice-President of SCU, led a

delegation to visit the United States and

attend the 2 nd SCU-University of Mas-

sachusetts (UMass) Joint Forum in late

April. The forum is focused on disaster

management, collaborative training,

emergency care and reflection on the

experience acquired from the Wenchuan

Earthquake. 19 representatives from the

Institute for Disaster Management and

Reconstruction, West China School of

Medicine, etc., attended the forum.

From April 22 to 28, 23 experts and

scholars from universities and disaster

management agencies in eastern United

States and 17 medical workers and ex-

perts from SCU conducted extensive

discussions, making approximately 40

presentations and lectures involving

post-disaster reconstruction, response

to nuclear pollution, biochemical crisis,

emergency care, disaster monitoring

and early warning, disaster information

system, response to natural disasters, bio-

chemical hazards, emergency response to

mass casualty incidents, disaster mental

SCU Delegation Visits

Five Renowned American Universities

In a bid to enhance the quality and

level of international cooperation and

exchange of SCU, reinforce coopera-

tion and exchange with top universities

in the world, and facilitate the imple-

mentation of Recruitment Program of

Hundred Young Talents in Liberal Art

and Social Science and Foreign Teacher

Recruitment Program, Professor Yan

Shijing, Vice-President of SCU, led a del-

health aid, crisis public relations and in-

formation release for the media.

During the forum, Vice-President Li

met with the Chancellor and Senior Vice

President Michael F. Collins, Professor

Craig Melo, the 2006 medicine Nobel

laureate, etc. of UMass. They reviewed the

history of cooperation between the two

universities and commented positively

on the successful model of cooperation

between the two sides. They also worked

together to map out future areas and

model for cooperation and exchange. In

addition to seminars held on a regular

basis, the two schools would have many

other activities to promote communica-

tion and exchange, e.g., construction of

Professor Melo’s lab, faculty training,

student exchange and internship, Profes-

sor Melo giving guest-lectures in SCU,

outstanding Ph.D. graduates studying in

Professor Melo’s lab, etc.

On April 25, Executive Vice-President

Li and his delegation visited Boston Uni-

versity and met with the Dr. Karen Ant-

man, Executive Vice-President of Boston

University, etc. After elaborate discus-

sions, the two sides agreed to cooperate

in areas of student and faculty exchange,

visiting scholars giving guest lectures,

and setting up a disaster management

curriculum, etc.

egation to visit Harvard University, Uni-

versity of Chicago, University of Wash-

ington (UW), Georgetown University

and Michigan State University between

April 22 and May 3.


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Harvard University

Vice-President Yan received a warm

reception from Ms. Jackie O’Nell, the

Marshal of Harvard University. The two

sides looked forward to reinforce coop-


The delegation visited the Harvard-

Yenching Institute and the John King

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Both sides agreed that they should

reinforce cooperation in the field of

contemporary Chinese studies. The

two sides agreed to exchange scholars

and reinforce cooperation in the field

of South Asian studies. SCU would

also cooperate with the Harvard China

Fund and discuss the ways to set up

exchange programs for Harvard Univer-

sity students to study at SCU. In recent

years, 35 scholars and Ph.D. candidates

with research interests in liberal arts

and social science went to the Harvard-

Yenching Institute for study or research


Vice-President Yan met with Harvard University

Marshal Jackie O’Nell

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University of Chicago

SCU delegation visited the John King Fairbank

Center for Chinese Studies

Vice-President Yan met with Ms.

Eileen McCarthy, Assistant Vice-Presi-

dent for Global Initiatives at the Uni-

versity of Chicago. He talked about

SCU’s intension to start substantial

cooperation with University of Chi-

cago. Assistant Vice-President McCar-

thy said that University of Chicago

would love to find appropriate chan-

nels, especially for the communica-

tion between the professors of the two

schools, for example, to create more

opportunities for cooperation with

SCU. Vice-President Yan also talked to

Ellen Cohen, Dean of Students, Har-

ris School of Public Policy, and John

Mark Hansen, Dean of Social Sciences

Division and a member of the Ameri-

can Academy of Arts and Sciences, and

learned about the management and

operation mechanism of the University

of Chicago in the field of liberal arts

and social sciences. Vice-President Yan

reached initial agreement with the Har-

ris School of Public Policy that the two

sides would cooperate on the 4+1 mas-

ter’s program in public policy.


During the visit to UW, Vice-Pres-

ident Yan met with Provost Ana-Mari

Cauce, Executive Vice Provost Douglas

Wadden and Peter K. Moran, Director

of International Programs & Exchang-

es, etc. Cooperation between the two

schools started as early as 1999. Both

sides reaffirmed the success of the

SCU-UW 2+1+1 Joint Undergraduate

Program, believing that the project

was the best example of renovation

in cooperation and exchange between

Chinese and American universities.

Vice-President Yan elaborated on the

multiple purposes of his visit. Firstly,

it would promote the existing suc-

cessful cooperation relations and

reinforce cooperation in the 2+1+1

Joint Undergraduate Program. Sec-

ondly, SCU wished to obtain more

support from the administration of

UW to facilitate the construction and

development of the Confucius In-

stitute of the State of Washington in

UW. Thirdly, SCU would like to find

opportunities to cooperate with the

Henry M. Jackson School of Interna-

tional Studies. Fourthly, SCU would

like to recruit outstanding Ph.D.

graduates from UW to teach at SCU.

Fifth, SCU hoped to start 2+2 Double

Major Joint Undergraduate Program

and 3+2 Joint Master’s Program with

UW. UW responded positively to the

five proposals.

During their stay at the UW, the

delegation had discussions with Mr.

Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Henry

M. Jackson School of International

Studies, Dr. Gary Hamilton, Direc-

tor of Confucius Institute of the State

of Washington, and some profes-

sors from the Department of Global

Health, UW. The two sides reached

agreement on a large number of co-

operation projects.

Vice-President Yan paid a visit to

SCU students studying at UW. He had

friendly conversations with them and

encouraged them to set up ambitious

goals. He said that the students should

cherish the opportunity to study at one

of the best universities in the world.

The experience would undoubtedly

widen their horizons and build a firm

foundation for their success in the fu-


Georgetown University

Vice-President Yan held talks with

Mr. Samuel S. Robfogel, Director of

International Initiatives, Georgetown

University. The two sides agreed that

a cooperation agreement between the

two schools was going to be signed

soon. Vice-President Yan reached an

agreement with the Edmund A. Walsh

School of Foreign Service to collaborate

on a 4+1.5 joint master’s program in

Asian studies. This year, 22 SCU stu-

dents applied to the summer school

courses of Georgetown University. They

will receive an interview and will go to

Georgetown University and study there

for five weeks if they do well the inter-


Michigan State University (MSU)

At MSU, the two sides had discus-

sions about the implementation of the

3+2 Joint Degree Programs offered by

SCU and MSU in partnership. They

agreed to invest more efforts to in-

crease the publicity of the program and

increase the student enrollment. The

two sides also agreed to hold a bilateral

symposium on global change science

in late October in SCU. In addition, 30

first-year students from MSU will visit

SCU for a two-week pre-matriculation

study tour.

During his stay at MSU, Vice-

President Yan paid a special visit to Dr.

Michael A. Boulus, Executive Director

of the Presidents Council, State Univer-

sities of Michigan and had discussions

concerning plans for Michigan state

universities to send students to SCU

for study abroad programs. They also

discussed the feasibility of setting up

an office in SCU for Michigan state uni-

versities. Both sides believed that the

action would encourage more students

of Michigan state universities to study

at SCU. The two sides were to make

further discussions on the technicalities

of the plan.

One of the major objectives of this

trip is to facilitate the implementa-

tion of the Recruitment Program of

Hundred Young Talents in Liberal

Art and Social Science and Foreign

Teacher Recruitment Program. The

delegation organized six promotional

activities/career expos at Harvard Uni-

versity, University of Chicago, Illinois

Institute of Technology, UW, George-

town University and Michigan State

University, hoping to recruit highly-

competent Ph.D. graduates to work at


The delegation consisted of the of-

ficials concerned from the Office for

Social Sciences, Human Resources

Office, Academic Affairs Office, Inter-

national Office, and School of Over-

seas Education. During the trip, the

delegation visited Harvard University,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Department of Emergency Medicine,

University of Massachusetts Medical

School, Massachusetts Regional Com-

mand Center for Response to Disaster,

a major international biology lab at

Boston University, and the lab of Pro-

fessor Craig Melo, the 2006 medicine

Nobel laureate.


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Professor Feng Xiaoming’s Research Project

Wins 2011 Top 10 Science and Technology

Progress Awards for Chinese Universities

The winners of the 2011 Top 10

Science and Technology Progress

Awards for Chinese Universities

were announced in Beijing in December,

2011. The winners were chosen by the Sci-

ence and Technology Commission, Min-

istry of Education, Government of China.

The Study of Novel Chiral Catalyst and

Highly Enantioselective New Reactions

in Asymmetric Catalysis, a research proj-

ect headed by headed by Professor Feng

Xiaoming of College of Chemistry, SCU,

was picked for the award.

Novel Chiral Catalyst and Highly Enan-

tioselective New Reactions in Asymmetric


Chirality (also referred to handedness)

is a universal phenomenon in nature. For

examples, the L-amino acids represent the

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vast majority of amino acids found in pro-

tein. The most abundant monosaccharides

in nature are D-configuration. Biochemical

response in living organisms is high stereo-

specificity. Characteristically, enantiomers

(two mirror images of a molecule that

cannot be superposed onto each other)

are different compounds in chemistry.

The synthesis and transformation of chiral

compounds is of great importance in the

fields of chiral medicine, pesticides, spice,

food additive, as well as multifunctional

material, etc.. Catalytic asymmetric reac-

tion is one of the most efficient tools for

the construction of optically active com-

pounds in connection with the advantages

of atom-economy and chirality enhance-

ment. The development of highly efficient

and selective chiral catalysts and asymmet-

ric reactions is at the center of research in

asymmetric synthesis.

The team, led by Professor Xiaoming

Feng at Sichuan University in Chengdu,

China dedicated to the research area of

asymmetric synthesis. After a long-time

endeavor, they developed a chiral catalyst

library of C2-symmetric N,N’-dioxides for

the first time. This kind of chiral ligand

and catalyst has been successfully used in

a number of asymmetric catalytic trans-

formations with high yield and excellent

enantioselectivity under mild reaction.

Especially, chiral N,N’-dioxide amide com-

pounds were regarded as a type of new

privileged ligand, by use of which four

new reactions in asymmetric catalysis were

realized for the first time. Several optically

active compounds with important bioac-

tivity could be achieved via the developed

methods. The exciting results also help to

understand the relationship between the

structure of the catalyst and its catalytic fea-

tures in reactions. Nature China provided

an engaging summary for one achievement

of the project with the title “Asymmetric

catalysis: Chirality inspired”. One new

catalytic asymmetric reaction was updated

as Roskamp–Feng reaction, an organic re-

action named after the Chinese chemical

researcher Xiaoming Feng, in the book of

“Organic Synthesis Based on Name Reac-

tions” (3 rd edition) published by Elsevier

Press. The related work has been published

in key journals, including Accounts of

Chemical Research, Journal of American

Chemical Society, and Angewandte Che-

mie International Edition, etc.. The re-

search exhibits the impressive progress and

growing international influence of China

in the field of asymmetric synthesis.


Xiaoming Feng was born in China in

1964. Between 1981 and 1988, he studied

chemistry at Lanzhou University and received

his BS in 1985, MS in 1988 from the same

university. Then he became an associate profes-

sor at Southwest Normal University in 1991

until 1993. In 1996, he received his PhD from

Chinese Academy of Sciences under supervision

of Professors Zhitang Huang and Yaozhong Ji-

ang. After his postdoctoral research at Colorado

State University (1998-1999) with Professor

Yian Shi, he went back to Chengdu Institute

of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of

Sciences as a professor (1999-2000). In 2000,

he moved to Sichuan University as a professor

of chemistry. He has been awarded the Spe-

cial Professor of the Changjiang Scholars by

the Ministry of Education of China (2005),

the National Science Fund for Distinguished

Young Scholars (2002). He dedicated to de-

sign and synthesis of new chiral ligands and

organocatalysts, particularly the ones derived

from chiral amino acids, asymmetric synthesis

and methodologies by using both metal and

nonmetallic catalysts and their applications in

the synthesis of bioactive molecules.

NPG and West China School of

Stomatology Co-Publishes IJOS

The International Journal of Oral

Science (IJOS), a journal indexed

by the SCI Expanded, has been

published by the Key National Lab

of Stomatology (SCU) and the West

China School of Stomatology (WCSS),

SCU since 2009. Cooperation agree-

ment with Nature Publishing Group

(NPG) was signed so that IJOS is now

co-published by NBG. The new official

website of the journal at www.nature.

com/IJOS and the online submission

website at

were launched at the same time. From

January, 2012, IJOS would be edited

and published according to standard

international practice through the Na-

ture platform.

IJOS is published with the authoriza-

tion of the Ministry of Education and

the General Administration of Press and

Publication, Government of China (CN

51-1707/R, ISSN 1674-2818, eISSN 2049-

3169). It is an

English lan-

guage journal


on stomatology.

The journal was

started by the

Key National

Lab of Stoma-

tology (SCU)

and WCSS,

SCU. It was in-

dexed by SCI,

PubMed and a

number of other international databases

of science. It was the first stomatology

journal published in mainland China

to be indexed by SCI. Professor Zhou

Xuedong of WCSS and UCLA Professor

Wang Cunyu, a member of the Institute

of Medicine, National Academy of Sci-

ences (USA), serve as the co-editor-in-

chiefs. The Editorial Board consists of

33 respected scholars from 13 countries

and regions. Some of them specialize

in stomatology, while the others have

multidisciplinary research background.

Since the founding of the journal, 12 is-

sues included in 3 volumes have been

published and the quality and interna-

tional impact of the journal have been

constantly improving. NPG is a publisher

of high-impact scientific information.

Nature is NPG’s leading journal. Other

titles of NPG include Scientific American,

a journal targeted the general public, Cell

Research, etc.


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The Tomato Genome Sequence Provides

Insights into Fleshy Fruit Evolution

Through tremendous efforts lasting

for more than 8 years, the whole

genomes of Solanum lycopersicum

and Solanum pimpinellifolium have been

successfully sequenced by the Tomato Ge-

nome Consortium (TGC) comprising of

over 300 scientists from 14 different coun-

tries. The high quality analyses of tomato

genome sequences is another outstanding

work implemented by international coop-

eration after the accomplishment of Ara-

bidopsis and rice genome sequencing. The

achievement was published in the interna-

tional authoritative magazine, Nature, as

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cover story on May 31, 2012 (URL: http://

n7400/index.html). Prof. Yongsheng Liu

from collage of Life Science, Sichuan Uni-

versity, and his postgraduate Dr. Shengx-

iong Huang participated in the long-time

researches and made contributions. There

are three main scientific meanings of the

achievement: (1) decipher the genome

sequences of cultivated tomato and cur-

rant tomato, (2) demonstrate the genome

mechanisms underlying the fleshy fruit

development and evolution of cultivated

tomato and (3) provide powerful tools for

utilizing the important genes from wild

tomato species to improve the cultivated


SCU and University of Pittsburgh

Sign Cooperation Memorandum and Contract

In a bid to promote SCU’s plan of

actively cooperating with world-

renowned universities, Vice-President

Yan Shijing led a four-member delega-

tion of officials concerned from the Inter-

national Office and Academic Affairs Of-

fice visited University of Pittsburgh (Pitt).

From Jan. 9 th to 14 th , they also visited

the Queens College of City University

of New York, University of California,

Davis, University of Southern Califor-

nia, University of California, Irvine, and

California State University, Long Beach


During the visit to Pitt, Vice-President

Yan and Pitt Executive Vice-President

signed a comprehensive collaboration

memorandum and agreed on the intention

to establish a joint school. Both universi-

ties agreed to step up mutual cooperation

through establishing a joint school and

they reached consensus on the preparation

and work plan for the establishment of

March. 8, 2012, President Xie

Heping met with Mr. Malcolm

McVicar, President of Univer-

sity of Central Lancashire (UCL). Dur-

ing this meeting, they discussed issues

concerning future cooperation plans

and signed a cooperation framework

the joint school. In the coming March, Pitt

Executive Vice-President will pay a visit to

SCU and sign the contract to start the prep-

aration work for the new school. The new

college will enroll its first group of students

in fall, 2013.

The delegation’s journey was very

fruitful. They signed the 2+2 and 3+2

Joint Degree Program Agreement with

the Queens College of City University of

New York, which will soon kick off. They

confirmed the plan for the 2+2 and 3+2

Joint Degree Programs with University

of California Davis and California State

agreement. Vice-President Yan Shijing

attended the meeting. Officials from

the President’s Office, International

Office, College of Architecture and

Environment, College of Basic and

Forensic Medicine, West China School

of Pharmacy, School of History and

University – Long Beach and will sign the

project implementation agreement soon.

They reached an agreement with Uni-

versity of California, Irvine to continue

SCU Mid-Level Administrator Training

Program and Students’ Summer Camp.

They formed agreement with University

of Southern California to establish in

cooperation the SCU Post-Disaster Re-

construction College. They reached agree-

ment with the College of Social Work,

SCU to work together to build a platform

for scientific research and recruitment.

They reached agreement with the Vice-

President of CSULB that CSULB would

help train SCU teachers how to teach

courses in English on a long term basis.

The delegation also visited SCU stu-

dents studying at Queens College, City

University of New York, alumni work-

ing at Pittsburgh University, and young

teachers participating training programs


University of Central Lancashire Signed

a Cooperation Framework Agreement With SCU

C ooperation

Culture attended the meeting.

President Xie expressed warm wel-

come to the delegation led by President

McVicar and gave an overview of SCU.

He pointed out SCU’s emphasis on the

exchange and cooperation with top uni-

versities in the world and academic train-

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C ooperation

ing based on international practices. Till

now SCU has established good relation-

ship with many well-known universities.

Chengdu American Center for Study

Abroad, which was already established

on SCU campus, will provide academic

exchange opportunities for American

students to study in Central and West

Canada-China Distance Learning

Project for Primary-Care General

Practitioner, co-sponsored by

West China Center of Medicine, SCU

and the Schulich School of Medicine

and Dentistry at the University of West-

ern Ontario (UWO), was launched on

April 23. Mr. David Mulroney, the Ca-

China. It will provide exchange service

for competent students in central and

west China. President Xie also hoped that

both schools would start comprehensive

cooperation in undergraduate and gradu-

ate education, and that more students

from the UK should come to study at


President McVicar expressed sincere

thanks to President Xie’s warm welcome.

He said that he had visited China many

times in the past 25 years and witnessed

the rapid progress of higher education

in China. Higher education has played a

very important role in China’s overall de-

velopment. A great university like SCU,

with such a long history, a full range of

academic disciplines, and great strength

in research, made substantial contribu-

tion to the overall development of China.

President Malcolm McVIcar then intro-

duced University of Central Lancashire,

especially its progress in the education

of international students. He sincerely

hoped that UCL and SCU would set up a

long-term stable friendly relationship to

achieve a win-win situation.

Finally President Xie and President

McVicar signed a cooperation framework


During his visit, the delegation led

by President McVicar visited the SCU

Museum, West China Campus, and the

College of Foreign Languages and Cul-


Canada-China Distance Learning Project for

Primary-Care General Practitioner Kicks off

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nadian Ambassador to China, Consul

General Philippe Rheault, Director Shen

Ji of Sichuan Provincial Department of

Health, Vice-President Bu Hong of SCU,

Dr. Janice Deakin, the Provost and Vice-

President of UWO, Vice-President Julie

McMullin of UWO, officials from the

International Office and West China

Hospital, SCU, and representatives of the

City of London, Canada and UWO at-

tended the opening ceremony. Over 200

general practitioners (GP) from primary

care providers, including the urban com-

munity health centers and rural health

centers in Chengdu, No. 2 Hospital of

Jintang County, and Guangyuan City

Mental Health Center, took part in the


Medical scholars from West China

Hospital worked with Canadian medical

experts to design the training plan for the

primary care health workers. Innovative

teaching approaches were used for the


Background information of the Project

Dr. Chen Zhu, the Chinese Minister

China Stomatology Museum and

the Museum of Dentistry and

Medicine, Nippon Dental Uni-

versity (NPU) signed a sister museum

agreement on April 27 in Chengdu. Ap-

proximately 160 faculty and students

from West China School of Stomatol-

ogy and NPU attended the signing cer-

emony. Professor Zhou Xuedong, Di-

rector of China Stomatology Museum,

Vice-President of SCU, and Dean of the

West China School of Stomatology, and

Izumi Nakahara, President of NPU,

of Health and Leona Aglukkag, the Ca-

nadian Minister of Health, signed the

Canada-China Health Cooperation Imple-

mentation Plan for 2011-2014, paving the

way for future cooperation between the two

countries in health policy evaluation and

GP training. Dr. Chen spoke highly of the

cooperation between West China Hospital,

SCU and the Schulich School of Medicine

and Dentistry at UWO, expecting the co-

operation to help improve the quality of

healthcare in China.

West China Hospital and the Schulich

School of Medicine and Dentistry formed

partnership three years ago. The two sides are

both experienced in conducting medical educa-

tion and service through remote systems. West

China Hospital established its distance medical

learning system based on video-conferencing

and document transfer technology and its Re-

signed the sister museum cooperation


The National Museum of Dentistry,

University of Maryland, the Museum of

Dentistry and Medicine, NPU and Chi-

mote Hospital Network now covers 500 plus

hospitals in 14 provinces and cities. A regional

collaborative medical service platform based on

cloud computing was established, covering over

50 hospitals. Desktop-to-desktop collaborative

medical service and medical education are pro-

vided through the platform. Hospitals covered

by the information network platform can access

continued medical education programs through

the platform.

China Stomatology Museum Signs Cooperation Agreement

with the Museum of Dentistry and Medicine,

Nippon Dental University

na Stomatology Museum, SCU are the

three largest museums of stomatology,

boasting the largest collections and

exhibits in the world. Communication,

cooperation and mutual support are

vitally important for the continuation

of the cultural heritage of dentistry in

the world. Vice-President Zhou shared

with President Nakahara the wish for

cherishing history, promoting friend-

ship, working together to build a bright

future and contributing to the develop-

ment of stomatology.


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C ooperation

SCU Signs Cooperation Agreement

with Feng Chia University

President Xie Heping met with a del-

egation from Feng Chia Univesity

(Taiwan) in the morning of April

16 th . Professor Yan Shijing, Vice-President

of SCU and the officials from departments

concerned also attended the meeting.

President Xie extended welcome to the

delegation from Feng Chia University. He

gave the guests an overview of Sichuan

University and said that SCU had always

attached great importance to external

cooperation and exchange and had al-

ways been actively involved in cross-strait

exchange and cooperation. SCU sincerely

welcome students from Feng Chia Unver-

sity to visit SCU and communicate with

SCU students. He said that the two sides

should reinforce academic exchange, in-

teraction, cooperation and learning from

U.S. president Barack Obama an-

nounced “100,000 Strong” initia-

tive in November 2009.

In 2011, Chengdu Municipal Govern-

ment and Sichuan University jointly set

a Chengdu American Center for Study


The center is based in the No. 4

Building, West China Campus, Sichuan

University (SCU). The architecture is a

landmark building incorporated in the

National Cultural Relic Preservation Pro-

each other so as to

realize a win-win situa-

tion for both sides.

Mr. Pao-Long Chang,

President of Feng Chia

University, gave a brief

overview of his univer-

sity. President Chang

said that SCU was a

high-level research-

oriented comprehensive

university. Feng Chia

University attached great importance to

the cooperation and exchange with higher

education institutions in the mainland. He

looked forward to more bilateral coopera-

tion, especially in student exchange pro-

gram and research, so as to promote the

mutual development of both universities.


The Center will provide academic

exchange opportunities for American

students to study in Central and West


Sichuan University will spare no effort

to support and promote the construction

and development of the Center. SCU will

provide the supportive infrastructure and

teaching conditions for the Center.

President Xie and President Chang

signed the SCU-Feng Chia University

Cooperation Agreements for Student

Exchange Projects and Double Degree

Programs. The agreements will definitely

reinforce bilateral cooperation in student

training and academic exchange.

Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad

Set up in Sichuan University

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2 nd International Conference

on Frontiers of Plasmonics Held in SCU

The Second International Confer-

ence on Frontiers of Plasmonics,

cohosted by SCU and Institute of

Physics, Chinese Academy of Science,

opened on April 8 th , 2012 in SCU. Mr.

Tian Zhongqun, a member of the Chi-

nese Academy of Science and member

of the Standing Committee of the 11 th

Chinese People’s Political Consultative

Conference, and Professor Li Guangx-

ian, Vice-President of SCU, attended the

opening ceremony. Over 200 experts

and scholars from Stanford University,

Boston University, Lawrence Berkeley Na-

tional Laboratory, Hong Kong University,

Hong Kong Polytech University, Taiwan

University, Peking University, Tsinghua

University, Nanjing University, Fudan

University, University of Science and

Technology of China, Xiamen Univer-

sity, and Wuhan University attended the

opening ceremony.

Professor Li Guangxian, Executive

Vice-President of SCU, spoke at the

conference. He extended a warm wel-

come to Chinese and international

participants of the conference and gave

a brief overview of the history and

development of SCU. He pointed out

that the College of Physical Science

and Technology, SCU was founded over

eight decades ago and has an extensive

range of academic and research pro-

grams. The College of Physical Science

and Technology developed rapidly and

recruited a large number of top scien-

tists, some of whom were members of

the Chinese Academy of Science and

the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

He hoped that the conference would

become an opportunity for the experts

and scholars to communicate and hold

dialogues, and that they would have

thorough discussions on the relevant

issues and help promote the in-depth

and extensive development of the disci-


Approximately 20 senior experts and

eminent scholars in the field were in-

vited to attend the international confer-

ence. They come from many different

countries, including the United States,

Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, South

Korean, Sweden, Spain, Singapore and

Israeal. During the 4-day conference,

the participants had rigorous, serious,

extensive and in-depth exchange and

discussion on plasmonics. They gave

invited speeches, oral presentations and

poster presentations at the conference.

The broad future and prospects for appli-

cation and development of plasmonics

were fully explored.

C onferences

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C onferences

Bradford RCUK Science Bridges China:

2 nd Research Workshop on Advanced Materials for

Healthcare and Inauguration Ceremony of UK-China

Advanced Materials Research Institute held at SCU

Bradford RCUK Science Bridges

China: 2 nd Research Workshop

on Advanced Materials for

Healthcare and the inauguration cere-

mony of UK-China Advanced Materials

Research Institute were held on April

20 and 21, 2012. State Key Laboratory

of Polymer Materials Engineering of

China, SCU and the Interdisciplinary

Research Centre in Polymer Science

and Technology (Polymer IRC), Univer-

sity of Bradford, the United Kingdom

co-sponsored the conference. Over

50 scholars from British and Chinese

universities and research institutes at-

tended the opening ceremony.

The theme of the conference is the

preparation and processing of ad-

vanced medical materials. Professor

Phil Coates, Fellow of the Royal Acad-

emy of Engineering, of the University

of Bradford and Professor Wang Qi,

SCU professor, recipient of funding

from Changjiang Scholars Program,

and Chief Scientist of the Project 985

Polymer and Special Functional Materi-

als Platform, co-chaired the conference.

Professor Xu Xi, member of the

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),

and Professor Li Guangxian, Execu-

tive Vice-President of SCU spoke at the

opening ceremony. They both extended

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congratulations for the successful orga-

nization of the conference and the es-

tablishment of the UK-China Advanced

Materials Research Institute.

Based on the theme of the confer-

ence, the participants shared informa-

tion on the latest development of ad-

vanced medical materials and carefully

studied the hot issues and advanced

technologies in the field of biomedical


The inauguration ceremony of the

UK-China Advanced Materials Research

Institute was held during the confer-

ence, symbolizing the official establish-

ment of the institute in SCU.

Introduction of UK-China Advanced Materials

Research Institute

UK-China Advanced Materials Research

Institute integrates the strengths of Chinese

and British scholars in the field of advanced

materials preparation and processing. It

has been proposed that the institute focus

on the critical problems and questions in

biomedical materials science and technol-

ogy at the initial stage. Scholars from the

two countries will work together on research

projects through multidisciplinary coopera-

tion, exchange visits for academic purposes,

and regular academic communications. The

institute has a Chinese director, Professor Li

Guangxian of SCU, and a British Director,

Professor Phil Coates of the University of

Bradford. Core Chinese member institutions

include SCU, Beijing University of Chemi-

cal Technology, Institute of Chemistry, CAS,

Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry,

CAS, and Shanghai Institute of Materia

Medica (SIMM), CAS. Core member insti-

tutions on the British side include Univer-

sity of Bradford, University of Sheffield,

and University of Durham. The institute

will become a platform for cooperation

between China and the UK in the field of

the preparation, processing and application

of advanced medical materials, thus pro-

moting the academic communication and

cooperation in research between China

and the UK and helping build up Chinese

scholars’ academic reputation and capacity

for doing innovative research.

SCU Hosts 8 th Cross-Taiwan Straits Symposium

on Public Administration

The 8 th Cross-Taiwan Straits Sym-

posium on Public Administra-

tion, hosted by SCU, was held in

Chengdu on April 5 and 6. President Xie

Heping, Executive Vice-President Luo

Zhongshu, Vice-President Shi Jian, and

Vice-President Yan Shijing attended the

symposium. Over 300 participants, in-

cluding more than 140 eminent experts

and scholars from Hong Kong, Macau,

Taiwan and Mainland China, attended

the symposium. The symposium is fo-

cused on social management and public

service. Forums and sessions were orga-

nized to discuss the key issues, e.g., ur-

banization and public governance, coor-

Co-sponsored by the Interna-

tional Confucian Association

(ICA), Confucius-Mencius

Society of China, SCU and National

Taiwan University, 2012 Cross Strait

Symposium on Confucianism opened

in Chengdu on May 19. The sympo-

sium was cohosted by the Interna-

tional Confucian Institute, SCU and

the Confucian Studies Center, an

important research center for philoso-

phy and social sciences in Sichuan.

The symposium is focused on the

practical application of Confucian-

ism, aiming to promote cross-strait

academic exchange, bring the academ-

ic discussion on Confucianism to a

dination of rural and urban development

and public service, social governance and

public policies, government transforma-

tion and development of civil society,

social development and social manage-

ment, etc.

higher level, and disseminate the her-

itage of traditional Chinese culture.

Scholars from Taiwan and mainland

China had thorough exchange and

discussions on various topics, e.g.,

the social concern and pragmatism of

Confucianism, pragmatic philosophy

Cross-Taiwan Straits Symposium

on Public Administration provides a

platform for Chinese scholars to have

academic exchange and collaboration to

study the major academic and practical

issues in the field of public administra-

tion. The first round of the symposium

was held in 2005 and by now eight

rounds have been held. The symposium

is bearing growing influence on the pub-

lic administration researchers in Hong

Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland

China by increasing mutual understand-

ing among them. It has become an im-

portant annual meeting and platform in

the field.

SCU Hosts 2012 Cross Strait Symposium

on Confucianism

of Confucian classics and renowned

Confucian scholars in history, the

ideology of pragmatism in Ming and

Qing Dynasties, modern interpretation

of Confucian pragmatism, and the im-

plication of classical Confucian ideas

for today’s politics, economy, educa-

tion, ethics, society and international

relations. Over 50 experts of Confucian

studies from Taiwan and mainland

China attended the opening ceremony.

Zhao Yiwu, Executive Vice President of

ICA, and Sun Zhen, Executive Vice Di-

rector of the Confucius-Mencius Soci-

ety of China attended the meeting. Vice

President Yan Shijing of SCU delivered

an address at the opening ceremony.


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S tudy Abroad

SCU Young Teachers’ Overseas Training and

International Exchange Program held at ASU

2011 SCU Young Teachers Language

Training and Academic Exchange

Program was launched at ASU

on Jan. 8 th , 2012. 24 teachers from the

science and engineering departments

and the Business School participated in

a four-week training and academic ex-

change program at Arizona State Univer-

sity (ASU).

This project is an important compo-

nent of SCU Faculty International Train-

ing Project. By sending young faculty

members to study overseas, SCU hopes

The first round of the China-EU

High-level People to People Dia-

logue Forum (HDDP) was held on

April 18, 2012 in Brussels. The announce-

ment for HDDP was made at the 14 th EU-

China Summit in February, 2012 in an

attempt to boost China-EU friendly rela-

tions. State Councilor Liu Yandong at-

tended the forum and delivered a speech

at the opening ceremony. Vice Minister

of Education Hao Ping, officials from the

General Office, State Council, Ministry

of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Sci-

ence and Technology, and the presidents

of over a dozen top Chinese universities

also attended HDDP.

Dr. Li Jinke, a young scholar from

the No. 2 Hospital, West China Center

to build up a high-level

and competitive teaching


ASU highly valued

this project and made

elaborate preparation and

warm reception. Besides

providing the 24 SCU

teachers with professional

language training, ASU

also organized academic symposiums,

course-auditing, and academic exchange

activities. Participants took this valuable

of Medicine, SCU, was invited to attend

HPPD. He was among the few visiting

Chinese scholars to have received the

invitation. At the forum and in the so-

cial function afterwards, Dr. Li engaged

in lively discussions with the other par-

ticipants, talking with young European

scholars about the present and future

of China-EU relations and discussing

with the presidents of Chinese univer-

sities ways to attract European students

to study in China. He also introduced

the history and spectacular success of

SCU to scholars from China and Eu-


Dr. Li said that the most important

thing he learned at the forum was that,

faced with the inevitable trend of in-

creasing cultural exchange, SCU should

opportunity to build a good foundation

for international scientific and academic

exchange and research.

Young MD from the No. 2 Hospital of SCU

Attends High Level Forum in Brussels

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grab the opportunity to reinforce co-

operation and exchange with Europe.

State Councilor Liu announced at the

forum that in the next couple of years

China would offer scholarships to over

30,000 students from Europe. Dr. Li

believed that SCU had great strengths

in many areas. The school enjoyed gen-

erous government support from Proj-

ect 985 and Project 211, two national

education projects aimed at boosting

the international reputation of top Chi-

nese universities. In addition, SCU had

a comprehensive range of disciplines

and multidisciplinary programs thanks

to its cultural heritage of tolerance and

comprehensiveness. Therefore, more and

more young people from Europe should

visit SCU for study or exchange.

15 th February, 2012

Hong Kong University Vice-President Visits


24 th April, 2012

I-Shou University President Visits SCU

.President Xie Heping received a delegation

headed by Dr. Jei-Fu Shaw, President

of I-Shou University.

29 th February, 2012

Vice-Rector Sergey Knyazev of Ural State

University visits SCU.

24 th April, 2012

Delegation from Queen Mary, University

of London Visits SCU. Professor Li

Guangxian, Executive Vice-President of

SCU, welcomed a delegation headed by

Professor Jeremy Kilburn, Vice-Principal

of Queen Mary, University of London.

5 th May, 2012

Students from Department of Russian,

College of Foreign Languages and

Cultures Attends Spring in Ural International

University Student Festival in


11 st April, 2012

Delegation from the Alliance of Elite

Schools of Research and Advanced Studies

in Central and Loire Valley Regions

Visits SCU.

24 th April, 2012

B rief News

Delegation from University of Western

Ontario Visits SCU.

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B rief News

27 th April, 2012

Delegation from Singapore Management

University Visits SCU.

8 th May, 2012

Vice-President Yan Shijing Meets Delegation

from the University of Macau

Graduate School.

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5 th May, 2012

President Xie Heping Meets Professor

Kuotsai Tom Liou, President of American

Society of Public Administration and

Awards Guest Professorship to Him.

9 th May, 2012

Professor Ann Mills, Vice Director for

Academic Affairs, London School of Hygiene

& Tropical Medicine visits SCU. Executive

Vice-President Li Hong received

Professor Mills and her delegation.

22 nd May, 2012

Eastern New Mexico University President

Dr. Steven Gamble Speaks at SCU.

7 th May, 2012

Chinese and Foreign Participants of Sino-

Europe Symposium “Post-Lisbon-Era EU

in Global Context: Implications for Non-

European Regions” Visit SCU.

19 th May, 2012

Youth Delegation headed by Ms.

Kamala•Roka, Nepali Congresswoman

and former Minister of Ministry of Youth

and Sports, Visits SCU.


SCU-Hokkaido University

Exchange Day

Celebrated in SCU

On March 30, 2012, 2012 SCU-

Hokkaido University Exchange

Day was celebrated at SCU.

Professor Yan Shijing, Vice-President of

SCU, Mr. Hongdoh Taheo, Vice-President

of Hokkaido University, Mr. Sasaki Ma-

moru, Director of the Beijing Office,

Japan Society for the Promotion of Sci-

ence, and the leading officials from the

departments concerned of SCU attended

the activity. 42 faculty members and stu-

dents from Hokkaido University and 250

faculty members and students from SCU

also joined the activity.

Mr. Nozawa Toshitaka, Director of

the Beijing Office of Hokkaido University

and Ms. Ren Wen, Vice Dean of the Col-

lege of Foreign Languages and Cultures,

SCU, co-hosted the opening ceremony.

Vice-President Yan delivered a speech

at the opening ceremony. He extended

a warm welcome to Vice-President Ta-

heo and his delegation. He said that

2012 marked the 40 th anniversary of the

C ampus

resumption of a normal Sino-Japan rela-

tionship. As a result, the SCU-Hokkaido

University Exchange Day activity has

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C ampus

acquired special meanings for the

special occasion. SCU and Hokkaido

University signed cooperation agree-

ment in 2009. The two schools have

had intensive exchange and coopera-

tion in various academic and research

programs since then and have ac-

complished some delightful success.

SCU, a prestigious research-oriented

comprehensive university, has a history

of over 100 years. Hokkaido University

shares SCU’s long history. The partner-

ship between the two schools creates

a win-win situation for both sides and

will definitely lead to a platform of ex-

tensive development in the future for

both schools. Vice-President Yan said

that he looked forward to further con-

solidation of the friendship between

the two schools, more cooperation, and

mutual trust, benefit and development.

He said that the two schools should co-

sponsor the SCU- Hokkaido University

Exchange Day activity in the future, and

that it should be held in Hokkaido the

next year.

In his speech, Vice-President Taheo

expressed his appreciation for the hos-

pitality extended by SCU. He said that

2012 marked the 40 th anniversary of

the resumption of a normal Sino-Japan

relationship. As a result, the Chinese

Government and the Japanese Govern-

ment have decided to honor 2012 as

the Year of Exchange and Friendship

between Chinese and Japanese People.

He hoped that the exchange between

students and researchers of the two

schools would help increase exchange

and enhance understanding between

the two schools.

Mr. Sasaki Mamoru, Director of the

Beijing Office, Japan Society for the

Promotion of Science, said that the

partnership between SCU and Hok-

kaido University had great significance.

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Two faculty members of SCU, Pro-

fessor Gao Hong and Mr. Zhao Chang-

sheng, who were both Hokkaido Uni-

versity alumni, also made interesting

and humorous speeches about their

experience of studying at Hokkaido


In the afternoon, 42 faculty mem-

bers and students from Hokkaido

University talked with the students and

faculty of matching specialties from

the School of Economics and seven

other schools and colleges of SCU. In

addition, the teachers from the Beijing

Office of Hokkaido University held an

information session on programs for

international students at Hokkaido


The celebratory event of SCU-Hokkai-

do University Exchange Day was the first

large-scale exchange activity held since

2009 when SCU and Hokkaido Univer-

sity signed the cooperation agreement.

The event reinforced the exchange and

cooperation in education and research

between the two schools, cemented the

friendship between them and promoted

communication and exchange between

the students and faculties of the two

school. It also provided an opportunity

for the two school to have further coop-

eration on the basis of existing coopera-

tion projects, deepened and expanded

the fields of cooperation, and contrib-

uted to the mutually-beneficial develop-

ment of the two schools.

Jazz Lab Ensemble,

Ball State University Performs at SCU

The Jazz Lab Ensemble of Ball State

University, the United States vis-

ited SCU and staged an authentic

concert of vocal and instrumental jazz

music for thousands of SCU faculties

and students in the evening of May 15.

The band performed 10 plus songs of dif-

ferent styles, mesmerizing SCU faculties

and students with the absolute beauty of

their music.

The Jazz Lab Ensemble enjoys the

reputation of being one of the best col-

legiate bands in the United States. The

band tours throughout the United States

and Europe and has received numerous

awards. The band has also performed

with lots of famous guest artists.

SCU Holds 3 rd International Cup for

International Students in Medical School

The international students in the West China Center of Medicine

organized the 3 rd International Cup, a sports meet, from April

15 to May 1. The athletic event has always been the international

students’ favorite activity. 300 international students from 15 countries

took part in various kinds of ball games including basketball, soccer, vol-

leyball, badminton, and ping-pong, and other fun sports games in two

weeks. The competition and teamwork generated by the event helped

bridge the gap between different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures,

bring the students closer to each other and strengthen friendship. It also

enriched students’ life and SCU’s campus culture.

Staffs of the International Students Office attended and hosted the

opening ceremony and joined the international students in lots of

fun sports activities.


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