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Ambassador Fu Ying Visited Kent University and City of Canterbury
2008/03/07

On March 6 and 7, Ambassador Fu Ying visited University of Kent and City of Canterbury.

In a rainy morning, Fu Ying and her party paid a visit to the Mayor of Canterbury, receiving warm welcome from Mayor Cyril Windsor and his wife Leslie Windsor and the deputy major Gillian Reuby. Major Cyril Windsor introduced the history and present conditions of the City of Canterbury to Fu Ying and also showed the staff, sword, dress and adornment of the major and the deputy major as well as the horn trumpet played at ceremony.

Fu Ying made an introduction to China's characteristic road of industrialization, basic national conditions and the family planning and suggested listing the education and culture as the key fields in which the City of Canterbury and China might cooperate with each other. Major Windsor expressed willingness to contribute to the Sino-British cooperation.

Group Photo of Ambassador Fu Ying and the Major and his wife and the Deputy Major

Mayor of the City of Canterbury Showed the Sword to Ambassador Fu Ying

The sun riding high in the sky after raining, Fu Ying and her party came to the University of Kent with green trees and red flowers and visited the labs of the Science, Technology and Medical Science College, accompanied by Professor Peter Jeffries, head of the College, Professor Michael Geeves, director of the bio-science department and Professor Michael Farihurst, director of the electronics department.

Ambassador Fu Ying Visited the Bio-Medicine Laboratory of the University of Kent

Ambassador Fu Ying Visited the Electronics Laboratory of the University of Kent

Fu Ying met Professor Mick Tuite, Professor Fritz Muhischelgel and Professor Yan Yong with the Electronics Department, who cooperated with the Chinese universities and research institutions in the research on bio-science and environmental-friendly energy sources. The cooperative programs were all in good operation.

Fu Ying said that it was quite necessary for both the Chinese and British scientific research institutions and personnel to further strengthen two-way exchanges and for the Chinese scientific research funds, institutions and personnel to improve the coordination so as to lend greater support to the international programs on scientific research cooperation. Fu Ying also suggested the University of Kent, in cooperation with the Chinese universities, to apply for the environment change fund in which the British government invested 800 million pounds. She also said that in order to improve the Sino-British cooperation on the education and scientific research and cultivate a number of experts familiar with the situations in both countries, the UK should further loosen the policies concerning foreign students in the UK so as to provide the Chinese students with more opportunities to practice and get employed.

Later, Fu Ying met Professor Paul Phillips, president of the Business School of the University of Kent, and Professor Brown with the department of mathematics, accounting and actuarial science. After introducing the integration of Chinese accounting system into the international standards, Fu Ying pointed out relevant Chinese departments were planning to send a large number of accountants to study abroad and hoped the University of Kent grasped the opportunity to train Chinese accountants and actuaries. Besides short-term training, both sides might discuss the possibility to jointly establish a training institution.

Ambassador Fu Ying held discussion with the international relations experts of the University of Kent

Ambassador Fu Ying met President of University of Kent Sir Bob Worcester

Professor Phillips expressed that the Business school of University of Kent, which had abundant experience in financial talents training, once held senior financial management training classes for China Development Bank and would provide various training plans of accounting talents in the light of China's demands. Professor Brown said that the department of actuarial science was among the best of the UK universities with high-level experienced teachers and the most complete set of courses. At present 117 Chinese students were studying actuarial science there. The Chinese students were diligent and eager to learn and always did a good job. The University of Kent and actuarial science department welcomed more Chinese students and professional personnel to study or receive short-term trainings in the University of Kent.

After that, Fu Ying and his party had an informal discussion with 11 professors from the Business School, Law School and Political and International Relations College and exchanged ideas about the Eastern and Western's perspectives on the international regime evolution as well as the international regime reform, globalization and multi-polarization , the influences of subprime lending crisis on China, foreign exchange reserve, China-WTO relations, China's international responsibilities, social security and imbalanced regional development. Each aired his/her own views and actively interacted with each other in frank and friendly atmosphere. The experts had a very high opinion of the discussion and felt the time was too short for them to express ideas though it was doubled.

Fu Ying also had a friendly meeting with Sir Bob Worcester, president of the University of Kent and exchanged the gifts with each other.

At 6 o'clock in the afternoon, Fu Ying delivered speech to nearly 300 teachers and students under title of Changing China in a Changing World (the full text to be presented) at the Keynes College and answered the questions concerning the Sino-British educational cooperation and climate changes. The audiences warmly applauded Fu Ying and highly praised that her professional, frank, modest and objective speech assisted them in acquiring deeper understanding of China.

Group Photo of Ambassador Fu Ying and Professors with the University of Kent

Fu Ying attended the evening banquet hosted by Professor Julia Goodfellow, vice president of the University of Kent and heard the introduction to the cooperation programs with Chinese universities and relevant suggestions.

Fu Ying said that she would spare no efforts to assist the University of Kent in establishing and developing cooperative partnership with Chinese universities and promote solid cooperation in educational, scientific research and financial and accounting personnel trainings. She also advised the University of Kent of improving the Chinese web pages so as to attract more Chinese students.

Political Counselor Liu Jinsong, Counselor Ma Xi, the Second Secretary Pang Hanzhao and the Second Secretary Chang Quansheng of the Educational Division participated in the visit and discussion.

Canterbury, located in the Kent County called "English Garden" in the southeast UK, is an antique city with a 40000-person population. In the past hundred years, Canterbury has been the commercial and cultural center of the Kent County and used to be scared place of the Church of England in the middle Ages, which was acclaimed as the cradle of the Christian religion of England. The Canterbury Cathedral in the Kent county is on the list of World Heritage edited by UNESCO.

University of Kent, established in 1965, now has 16000 students in total including 275 Chinese students. According to the latest statistics, University of Kent ranked the 34th among the UK universities. Especially, the majors in the social policies and management, statistics, accounting and operational research, which are provided by the University of Kent, enjoy high reputation in the educational circle of the UK and even won the highest five-star award during the evaluation of scientific research in 2001. The University of Kent has established cooperative relations with City University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Beijing Jiaotong University.

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