Qingdao Agricultural University and University of British Columbia Jointly Establishes Research Inst

2018-06-14 09:30            

On the morning of June 23, John Innes, dean of the College of Forestry of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, visited the Qingdao Agricultural University along with his three colleagues. The president of Qingdao Agricultural University, Song Xiyun and the vice president Gu Weidong met with the visitors shared their views.  Song Xiyun and John Innes jointly signed the Agreement between Qingdao Agricultural University and the University of British Columbia in Canada to jointly build the Research Institute of Urban Forestry. They also unveiled the nameplate for the Research Institute of Urban Forestry of the two universities. Gu Weidong presided over the signing and unveiling ceremony. 

Gu Weidong delivered a speech at the welcoming ceremony and expressed warm welcome to the visitors on behalf of Qingdao Agricultural University. He pointed out that UBC Forestry College is one of the major colleges of the University of British Columbia. The forestry college can be acclaimed as the best one in the world and has great research capacity and standard of teaching in the field of forestry. A number of researches are at the world's leading level. The Forestry Science Department of Qingdao Agricultural University was established in 2011 and has now formed a discipline featuring urban forestry. In accordance with the needs of social development and the trend of forestry development, the school constantly adjusts and optimizes the direction of teaching and research, and comprehensively enhances the overall strength of the forestry science discipline.  On the basis of the establishment of the Research Institute of Urban Forestry, the two universities will closely carry out relevant scientific research cooperation in the field of forestry, which will definitely play a positive role in the development of the relevant professions of the Gardening and Forestry College of our university, and will also have a profound impact on the forestry industry in Qingdao and the whole country. 

John Innes, Dean of UBC Forestry College, expressed his gratitude to the reception of our school and wished the Research Institute of Urban Forestry jointly established by the two universities to play a more important role in the international scientific research cooperation between the two universities. It is hoped that the two sides will regard the cooperation as an opportunity to continuously expand the scope of cooperation, learn from each other in terms of joint personnel training, scientific research, and industrialization of scientific and technological achievements, and ultimately   create a new, mutual benefit and win-win situation. 

At the meeting, John Innes was hired as a visiting professor by our school.

Member of the Education Committee of Qingdao Municipal Committee, Li Yiyuan, Governor of the Education Bureau, Li Xiaoyuan, Director of the Higher Education Department of Qingdao Education Bureau, Zheng Dan, Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Department of our school, Liu Qinghua, Dean of the College of Landscape and Forestry, and the Qingdao City Constuction Investment (GROUP) CO.LTD.  Manager Wang Mingshuan, general manager of Qingdao Jiahua Urban Ecological Technology Co., Ltd. Bi Lijun, staff of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office participated in the above-mentioned talks.

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