HKU Greater Bay Area Online Summer School 2020

HKU Greater Bay Area Online Summer School 2020

2020-06-12 Asia

Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies, as a course conducted by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Common Core and Summer Institute of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), explores exactly the possibilities of creating realities of online world and communities.

Applicants have to complete application procedures required by SUSTech and HKU respectively.

Program Information

Program Period July 20, 2020 to August 7, 2020
Application Deadline June 30, 2020(First come first served)
Teaching Platform Zoom & Mixer
Teaching Unit The University of Hong Kong
Area of Interest Scientific and Technological Literacy
Grade Any
Language English
Program Fees HKD12,000(SUSTech is a member of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance, therefore our students enjoy a preferential rate)


Note: This program is also eligible for our university funding support. For more details on funding application, please refer to the email titled “Special Funding for Online Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2020”, sent by

Requirements 1. SUSTech full-time undergraduates

2. For other requirements, please refer to the HKU website:

HKU Greater Bay Area Summer School – Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies Online Summer Course 2020


Application Procedures 1. Step one:

Fill in and send the Application Form for HKU Greater Bay Area Summer School to:


2. Step two:

Launch and submit your online application through the HKU website:

Review Unit The University of Hong Kong
Program Credits 2(Elective courses of General Education)


King’s College London Online Undergraduate Summer School 2020

King’s College London Online Summer School 2020

2020-05-18 Europe

Summer online courses at King’s presents students with the opportunity to access a summer school at the forefront of international education from anywhere in the world. King’s is a globally renowned university that offers a range of subjects across the summer portfolio, while promoting the innovative and research-led teaching that King's is known for.

King’s faculty and staff ensure a high quality of teaching across all of their programmes. Each module uses on-demand and live teaching to allow flexible and differentiated learning. The live lectures and seminars facilitate group discussion, debate and input between faculty and students.

There are two Online Undergraduate Summer School sessions in 2020. Students can study a maximum of two modules. Each undergraduate module requires a commitment of 150 hours study time over three weeks. KCL Online Undergraduate Summer School teaches a wide range of modules spanning subject areas such as health and science, law, governance, business management, culture and ancient languages.

Find out what you could study this summer at:

Undergraduate Summer School at a glance:


Program Information

Program Time Session One: 29 June - 17 July 2020

Session Two: 20 July - 7 August 2020

Application Deadline Session One: 15 June 2020

Session Two: 4 July 2020

Teaching Platform Microsoft Teams


King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS)

Teaching Unit King’s College London
Eligible Major Open to all
Eligible Class Open to all
Entry Requirements 1) GPA of 3.2 out of 4 or 80% or above.

2) English language requirements:

· CET-4 (China) – 550; CET-6 (China) – 493

· IELTS - 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill

· TOEFL Internet Based Test - 95 with minimum 20 in all skills (within the last 2 years)


For more details, please refer to:

Program Fees SUSTech is KCL’s partner universities, therefore our students benefit from an application fee waiver and a tuition fee reduction*

(Partners & Alumni) ONLINE for 1 session: £1620

(Partners & Alumni) ONLINE for 2 sessions: £3240

Application Materials To SUSTech Global:

SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs (Click to download)


To KCL (documents required during KCL online application):

1) Official academic transcript

2) Evidence of English language proficiency

3) Personal statement

Application Procedures 1. Send the SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs to department for review and approval. If there is difficulty in signing the Form due to the pandemic situation, students can forward the approval email from department to SUSTech Global.


2. Send the SUSTech Application Form and other required application materials to SUSTech Global at, Email subject: KCL Online Summer School 2020 + student name, number and major.


3. Register and complete online application at:

Please do refer to the partner application guidelines when you apply online (click to download).



· You should receive a decision in seven working days as long as you have provided KCL with all the relevant documents.

· To confirm your place on the summer school you will need to log into King's Apply and pay your fees within 14 days of receiving your offer.

Review Unit King's College London
Contact KCL If you have a question concerning an application that you have submitted please email the admissions team through your ‘King’s Apply’ account.

If your question is about other aspects of the Summer School, please email or telephone +44 (0) 20 7848 1533.

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University of Leeds International Summer School online 2020

University of Leeds International Summer School online 2020

2020-05-08 欧洲

University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest research-based universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group. Although Leeds International Summer School (LISS) is postponed until next year, students can still study with Leeds in 2020.


Choose from five programs starting on 25 May 2020. Each program lasts up to 13 weeks, consists of five courses plus an optional final assessment course for credit, and involves approximately five hours of study per week. If you want to gain credit you will pay £560 to upgrade the five courses and take the assessment. You can upgrade at any point after you join the program. Each successfully completed program (including final assessment course) is worth 10 Leeds credits (5 ECTS).


As part of your International Summer School experience, you will join an online community via Microsoft Teams. Here you will connect with other international summer school participants and take part in a weekly schedule of events.


There are five courses you can choose from:


*The exceptions are ‘Introduction to Intercultural Studies’ and 'MedTech' which are only available as non-credit bearing programs.


Program Information

Program time Start time: 25 May 2020
Application deadline None
Teaching platform FutureLearn
Teaching unit University of Leeds
Major Any
Grade Open to all
Language English
Program fee 1)Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

2)You can sign up to learn online for free and decide later if you want to take the assessment and earn credit. If you want to gain credit you will pay £560 to upgrade the five courses and take the assessment.

Requirements Open to all
Application materials If you are to apply for Special Funding for Online Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2020, it is required to submit SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs.

**About the Speical Funding for online program, please check in your mailbox with subject “Special Funding for Online Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2020”

Application procedure 1. Send the SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs to department for review and approval. If there is difficulty in signing the Form due to the pandemic situation, students can forward the approval email from department to SUSTech Global.

2. Send the reviewed SUSTech Application Form and other required application materials to SUSTech Global at , Email subject: Leeds Online Course + student name, number and major.

3. Join your chosen academic program of study: follow the relevant link(s) on the Leeds online information page and follow the instructions on the FutureLearn website.

Review unit University of Leeds
More information and inquiries, please check at: International Summer School online 

St Anthony’s College, Oxford University Online Summer Courses 2020

St Anthony's College, Oxford University Online Summer Courses 2020

April, 2020 UK

Oxford University is a world-renowned federal university with public research colleges, consisting of 38 colleges. It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest higher education institution in the world.

Summer program is held every year at St Anthony’s College, Oxford University (one of Oxford’s 38 colleges, Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the program was specially shifted to online summer courses. The program will use Zoom conference software for online teaching. Teachers and students can interact during the courses and the courses will be recorded for replay. The online courses will be given by professors and lecturers in Oxford University, while staff of the local government will also be invited to make relevant government report. Students who currently studying in Oxford University for masters and doctoral degree will also be invited to share their application experience to universities in UK.

The total duration of the course is 40 hours, including 20 hours of interdisciplinary lectures (choice one from humanities & social sciences and technological innovation) and 20 hours of main courses (one of five).

Courses (Part A + Part B):

Part A: General Themed Lectures(Two Options/20 hours per course

Option 1: Humanities and Social Sciences

Option 2: Science & Innovation

Part B: Specific Subject Courses (5 Options/20 hours per course)

1)Culture, Art and Society

2)General Cutting-edge Science and Innovation Course

3)Internet Analysis and Data Mining

4)Business and Management

5)Future Cities and Public Policy


  • You may get informed to change to another specific subject course if the number of applicants for that course is less than 20.
  • Class sizes are kept small less than 35 to maximize interaction between students and tutors.


Program Information

Program time 1)     Orientation Week: 28-30 July 2020

2)     Teaching Weeks: 3 -14 August 2020

3)     Feedback Week: 17-21 August 2020

Application deadline 30 June 2020
Teaching platform Zoom
Teaching unit St Anthony's College, Oxford University
Major Any
Grade Any
Language English
Program fee ₤1, 250 Pounds

1. Students apply before June 26th, 2020 will enjoy a £50 discount off the tuition fee.

2. Scholarships: A limited level of scholarships (normally for university students) are available for those applicants who have competitive performance during the program and in the home institution.

(Please refer to FAQs in attachment)

Requirements 1. GPA 2.8 or 70 (on a 100 scale)

2. Proof of English proficiency is not required since English is one of the main language of instruction for courses in SUSTech. If applicant has IELTS/TOFEL test certificate, please provide.

Application materials 1.      SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs

2.      2020 Online Course-OISAP Application Form

3.      Official transcript

Application procedure 1.      Send the SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs to department for review and approval.

If there is difficulty in signing the Form due to the pandemic situation, students can forward the approval email from department to SUSTech Global.

2.      Send the SUSTech Application Form and other required application materials to SUSTech Global at

Email subject: St Antony’s Online Course + student name, number and major.

Review unit St Anthony's College, Oxford University


1.      Brochure-OISAP Summer Online 2020

2.      FAQs

3.      2020 Online Course-OISAP Application Form

4.      SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs 2020

More information and inquiries, please contact:

QQ Group:635881346


MIT’s “global classroom” comes to Shenzhen

MIT's “global classroom” comes to Shenzhen


“I’m pleased to hold MIT’s first overseas Chinese program in Shenzhen. MIT-IAP Shenzhen is benefiting from technological advances, creative culture and social innovation resources within the city.”

------Dr. Haohsiang Liao 

Director of MIT Chinese Program


MIT-IAP Shenzhen (4-19 January 2020)


*MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

*SUSTech: Southern University of Science and Technology

*SUSTech Global: Global Engagement Office

*IAP: Independent Activities Period


MIT-IAP Shenzhen

The program was jointly designed by the MIT Chinese Program and SUSTech Global. The morning sessions were taught by the MIT instructor, with one hour practice assisted by SUSTech students as language buddies. The afternoon sessions were comprised of field studies arranged by SUSTech Global. The course outcome was that each student would be able to make a presentation in Mandarin on a topic related to China.

On January 4, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) welcomed a group of undergraduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to take part in the MIT Independent Activities Period Shenzhen Program (MIT-IAP Shenzhen). Eight students studied Mandarin and experienced life in Shenzhen for two weeks.

MIT began building their Global Strategy in 2017 which emphasized MIT’s distinctive “global classroom” in which students develop communicative and intercultural competencies, critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, and cross-cultural understanding through on-site projects, augmented by country-specific cultural and historical education and language training. This year, MIT’s Chinese Program chose Shenzhen as its first overseas project site in partnership with SUSTech.


MIT students lived and studied on SUSTech campus, undertaking projects and exploring city life together with SUSTech students


The program of MIT-IAP Shenzhen allowed students to fully immerse themselves in the local environment, boosting their language proficiency and cultural awareness. Moreover, it helped students start to gain understanding & insight into contemporary China; as well as highlighting interest in cultural differences between China and the United States.

Heekyoung Woo, Elizebeth Murray and John Lin decided to carry out research on - respectively - educational differences between China and the U.S., China’s college entrance examination system, prejudices between both nations.

Minna Wyttenbach, a MIT student in mechanical engineering interviewed Chinese students Luyu Xiaohou and Haichuang Che to learn about the SUSTech course CAD(Computer Aided Design) Engineering with regards to its pedagogy and research assignment. During the final presentation, Minna shared her findings about the differences between students’ conducting research project at MIT and SUSTech.


SUSTech robotics lab


Tencent’s VR technology


Experiencing Shenzhen’s innovative culture at Chaihuo Makers


Meeting the start-up company CODEMAO’s CTO Mr. Yue Sun


Field studies

The afternoon sessions were both introductory and informative. Students visited a variety of local landmarks, cultural sites, tech companies, start-ups and incubators, as well as local non-government organizations across the city. The visits were not only an interactive demonstration of Shenzhen’s innovative nature, but serve as a living testament to the city’s transformation.

Although all the students were from science-related majors, it was evident they were equally passionate and fascinated by Chinese history and culture.

During the visit to Artron Art Center, Students from MIT and SUSTech explored the exhibition hall and fell into the beauty of calligraphy, paintings, sculptures, and porcelain.


Artron Center - enjoying the beauty of ancient and modern Chinese art

Grameen China is a charity providing women with micro and guarantee-free loans to set up their own business. The charity helps women who normally cannot get loans because of their credit history. By breaking down barriers the charity helps to open doors for these women.

MIT students met with charity staff in an office located in an urban village. Students were impressed by the 99% loan payment ratio and also heard stories from some of the beneficiaries of the loans.

Grameen China - a poverty reduction trip


“May you have a lovely son soon! (zaoshengguizi in Chinese)” The auspicious wedding wish can be represented by red dates (hongzao), peanut (huasheng), longan (guiyuan), and lotus seeds (lianzi) in China since they together share the pronunciation of the wish. At U·Nature Life (酉心生), a sex education organization in Shenzhen, students had a taste of these dried fruits and the play of words represented by these fruits.

More interestingly, students dived into the wedding customs across various ethnic groups in China and the changes toward sexual attitudes. Students tied the discussions with current issues, like the differences between sex education in China and America; the traditional marriage mindset and its legacy in rural China; the absence of sex education in China.


U·Nature Life (酉心生) - sex education in China


Chinese Buddhism was a special part of this program. MIT students visited the famous Hongfa Temple where they exchanged ideas with Abbot Yinshun and Buddhism School students. They practiced Buddhist meditation and tried Buddhist cuisine, both of which were eye-opening for them. “There are different cultures, languages, and beliefs on earth but we have a shared value: love and benevolence”. said Abbot Yinshun.


Hongfa Temple - a Buddhist tour


The Huaqiangbei area is a microcosm of Shenzhen’s historic economic jumpstart. Mary Ann O’Donnell, an American anthropologist and the co-editor of the multidisciplinary research book Learning from Shenzhen (2017, University of Chicago Press) who has lived in Shenzhen for 25 years, guided students on a walking tour passing a community compound, through the highstreets and into an electronic goods market, all the while narrating the history of the continuing transformation of the once rural villages from several decades past. Through her guided tour, Dr. O’Donnell unveiled Shenzhen’s journey from “world factory” to “global Silicon Valley”.


Huaqiangbei - a Shenzhen story told by Mary Ann O’Donnell


Huaqiangbei - saw the history of Shenzhen’s tech industry


Student experience

Below we follow what some of the students have been up to as well as their experience. From attempting to solve novel problems using science through to expressing their own ideas on traditional art forms.

Marco Rivera was fascinated by the Chinese calligraphy hanging over the wall in Phoenix, a local tea house. He had gained a basic understanding of calligraphy in MIT and chose to carry on his study of calligraphy through a mini-project during his stay in China. During the final presentation, Marco was excited to share his understanding of the traditional literary game known as “floating cup on a winding brook”.

Chinese calligraphy displays at tea house Phoenix


Thiago Bergamaschi discovered that it was hard for AI to win games of Mahjong due to logical complexity, imbalanced information and randomness. He started to find out ways to tackle these difficulties and to empower AI through machine learning.


Learning from Chinese Kongfu athlete Sheng Yang


Nia Myrie was born and raised in Jamaica where dance and music are indispensable parts of life. She studied various dancing styles of Chinese ethnic groups, and was particularly fascinated by the Chinese Ballad. She had an idea to choreograph a new staged dance combining Chinese dance movements with Jamaican dance.


Trying out the Guzheng (the Chinese zither)


Bibek Pandit from Nepal was astonished by Shenzhen’s economic development and the general speed of development in China. Graduating this summer, Bibek spent time learning about the Chinese experience of rapid modernization with the goal of applying what he has learnt to the development of his own country.


Being greeted by Abbot Yinshun at Hongfa Temple


John Lin is American Chinese. In an afternoon, following his peers, he visited a residential community where a humble social enterprise is located--- Good People Good Things (好人好事), dedicated to help the vulnerable in the city. John tried his hands at the mutually benefiting programs and gained a vivid picture on how it works in the daily life of Shenzhen. As John said, this is the most impressive part of this tour because it presented a snapshot of tears and laughter of real life in contemporary China.


Visiting Good People Good Things (好人好事), a social enterprise


In the final days of their time in Shenzhen and at SUSTech, the MIT students expressed their thanks to the student volunteers who had devoted their time and passion to help them improve their language skills and understand China throughout the past two weeks at SUSTech and in Shenzhen. In return, the SUSTech students have found that they had learned a lot from the hard-working MIT students and were keen to travel to Boston to experience the education that MIT offers.

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of SUSTech, and the university will welcome students from HEC Paris, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and the University of Queensland for visits and exchanges.

Receiving Red Envelope - the Chinese New Year Gift


what they said

"The SUSTech students were absolutely amazing! They were also full of energy and enthusiastic to help us out with whatever we needed. On days where we had free time, students took it upon themselves to plan an itinerary full of fun activities. Additionally, I feel like I’ve made long term friends."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation


"The past two weeks were an incredible experience and I am endlessly grateful I was given this opportunity to come to Shenzhen, learn some Chinese, and meet some unforgettable people."

——Minna Wyttenbach


"I understand why China is the way it is. China is a massive economy today, it became so only in a few decades. I can see how the details of what prompted that change. I think the amount of details we were provided for every place we went, especially Li Laoshi’s description made things so much meaningful. Those descriptions were the best."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation


"The program gave us a very diverse range of experiences throughout Shenzhen from seeing humble urban villages to grandiose government buildings to major companies like DJI and Tencent and then back again to a humble (and noble) societal good company like 好人好事 (Good People Good Things)."

——John Lin


"I am so impressed with Shenzhen’s history and development, and I really love this city. In the future, I would like to come back to visit Shenzhen again and see the change."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation


"The experience with SUSTech peers is my favorite part of the program! I learned so much from them. I was always so happy when they participated in the afternoon activities with us. They all went above and beyond taking us out into the city and sharing their culture and experiences with us. Please let them know how grateful I am for their support."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation


- By SUSTech Global and SUSTech students -

Temple University Inbound Study Abroad & Exchange

Temple University

Sep 29, 2015 North America

Temple University locates in the famous historical city Philadelphia, is a public and comprehensive research university with 135-year history. Many majors in Art, Business and Law of Temple University rank in top 10 of the United States and online MBA education ranks in the first in the United States. The university has input about 2 billion dollars for the improvement of infrastructure since 2000. More than 60% of teachers in Temple University are recruited in recent 10 years. In 2014, after the drastic selection, Temple University was selected as one of the 10 new energy research center locations of the United States by United States Department of Energy.

According to the exchange agreement between the two universities, our university can choose to send 4 exchange students each year to study at Temple University for one semester,and students pay the SUSTech tuition fee only. In addition, our school can choose to send 10 exchange students each semester to Temple University for one semester or one academic year, and students pay the Temple University tuition fee.



Study time Fall semester: Start on 26 Aug, 2019

Spring semester: Start on 13 Jan, 2020

Admission deadline Fall semester: 15 Mar, 2019

Spring semester: 15 Oct, 2019

Teaching location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States
Teaching unit Temple University
Applicable major All majors

The colleges with limited majors are:

Computer science

Architecture (requires prior permission from the college)

Business education (must be a business major)

Tourism, hotel management, and performing arts (dance, music, theater)

Dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, foot

Visual arts (film and media art, graphic design, painting)

Course details:

Applicable grade Higher than freshman
Teaching language English
Prerequisite 1.     TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.0

2.     GPA3.0+

9. Tuition and fees and living expenses Cost Per Semester
- Tuition: $14,088 (one semester Study Abroad)
- International Student fee: $185
- University Services Fee: $445 (only Study Abroad)
- On-Campus Housing: Approximately $4,000-$7,500 (rent + utilities)
- Meal Plan Options: Approximately $700-$1,900
- Books: Approximately $1,000
- Health Insurance: Approximately $1,250
9. Application materials

Please submit supplemental documents as PDF files.


Attachment: Temple-University-Fact-Sheet

Stony Brook University Winter program in Madagascar

New York State University Stony Brook Madagascar Winter Holiday Project

Sep 27, 2019 North America

Stony Brook University (SBU) is a famous public university founded in 1957. It is located in Stony Brook, Suffolk County, New York, and is the youngest in New York State. A university is listed by many public publications as one of the top public universities in New York State. Stony Brook University is one of the 62 members of the American Association of American Universities (AAU), ranked among the top 40 public research universities in the United States and the top 1% of universities in the world. Stony Brook University has many first-class scholars, and its teaching quality and research results are well-known internationally. The professors in Shixi gather among the top researchers in various fields. The famous physicist and Nobel Prize winner Yang Zhenning has been teaching at the school for 37 years. .Stony Brook University, a leader in primatology, ecology and evolution and sustainability studies offers an undergraduate Study Abroad program in Madagascar. The program is led by Dr. Patricia Wright, renowned scholar and MacArthur Fellow.

While based at Centre ValBio research station overlooking the rainforest and the rapids of the Namarona River, participants can work on an experiential learning project with experts in environmental arts, health care, conservation education, IT and engineering, water and climate, or herpetology.

Participants will also experience the culture and creativity of Madagascar. Activities include:

  • Visit remote villages with local guides to gather information, data and experience the culture
  • Weave cloth and baskets with village women
  • Observe the diversity of frogs-Ranomafana National Park has more frog species than any national park in the world
  • Spend time in Ranomafana National Park and observe the 12 species of lemur that make the park their home

Please find more:

Application Guide

Study time From 2 Jan – 25 Jan, 2020
Deadline Oct 1, 2019
Teaching location Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
Teaching units State University of New York at Stony Brook, ValBio Center Research Station
Applicable major Any
Applicable grade Any
Teaching language English
Tuition and fees and living expenses Total program fees: $6,937.30

The charge includes: application fee, administrative fee, tuition, college fee and so on. Please find more:

Requirements GPA 2.0 or higher
Application procedure 1.      Apply online :

2.      Send the GEO application form to email address:, name as “SUB2020Winter Application+ Name + Student ID + Major”


Approval authority Co-assessed by Southern University of Science and Technology and State University of New York at Stony Brook


Kent State University Overseas learning and exchange program

Kent State University Overseas learning and exchange program

Sep 29, 2015 North America

Kent State University

Overseas learning and exchange program


Kent State University is one of the century-old famous universities firstly approved and recognized and recommended by Chinese Education Department, ranking in the 194th in the universities of the United States reported by US News and World Report (2015). Founded in 1910, the university consists of eight campuses and has about 35000 students, in which there are more than 900 Chinese overseas students. Kent State University is one of the largest local education systems in the United States and its scale ranks in top three in Ohio. The university provides more than 270 undergraduate courses, 55 courses for master's degree and 22 courses for doctor's degree. Kent State University has been awarded as one of the “best universities in the Midwest” for many years by Princeton Review, which can prove its abundant strength in teaching and research.

The students from SUSTC can apply for one semester studying in Kent State University according to the cooperation and consultation between SUSTC and Kent State University. After the completion of the studying of one semester, the student can freely decide whether join the Kent State University 3+2 program or come back to SUSTC to complete the undergraduate education.


1. Study time At the beginning of the Fall semester of 2018
2. Admission deadline July 20, 2018
3. Teaching location Kent, Ohio, the United States
4. Teaching unit Kent State University
5. Applicable major All majors
6. Applicable grade Higher than freshman
7. Teaching language English

8. Tuition

The tuition will be collected according to the relevant regulations of tuition of Kent State University (Details can refer to:

9. Submission of admission application materials

Please click the link and apply according to “International Visiting Student”, application link of admission:

10. Approval agency Determined by the evaluation of Kent State University

SUSTech President speaks at 12th Glion Colloqium

SUSTech President speaks at 12th Glion Colloqium

2019-06-19 综合新闻

Last week, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) President Chen Shiyi was invited to the 12th Glion Colloquium in Montreux, Switzerland to discuss the role that the world’s leading universities should play in addressing the great challenges and opportunities of our times. Leaders from universities in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, the United States, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and India were all in attendance with President Chen Shiyi.

Founded in 1998 and held every two years, the Glion Colloqium is a think-tank on higher education for the leaders of research universities. The theme for the year’s Glion Colloqium operated was “The contrasting responses of Higher Education worldwide in promoting sustainable development.”

Following the tradition since its inception, the forum was informed by participants from a practitioner point of view rather than a scholarly point of view. The forum articles were submitted before the meeting and discussed for three days during the forum. The results of the discussion were incorporated into the revision of the articles, compiled in a centralized volume and shared with the public through the network.

Over the past 20 years, 250 university, business and government leaders have participated in the forum and participated in discussions on major issues such as the research universities for an ear of change, university governance, university-society relations, industry-university relations, and globalization of higher education. It has an inestimable impact on sharing experiences and forming common understanding among leaders of higher education in the world.

President Chen Shiyi spoke on the topic of “The Role of a Rising University in an Emerging International Metropolis.” Using the case study of education innovation at SUSTech and the University’s support for Shenzhen’s strategic and sustainable development, President Chen Shiyi analyzed the formation of partnerships between new Chinese universities and their sponsoring cities. He also discussed the important role of internationalization in developing modern Chinese university systems. His speech called on the international higher education system to continue to maintain its tradition of open exchanges in making contributions to global sustainable development.

The university leaders attending the Colloquium provided various perspectives when discussing several important issues. One such issues was how the societal mission of modern universities has evolved and shall develop in a social-economic context restructured by emerging science and technology in a rapidly shifting geopolitical climate. They also talked about what innovative education, research and service initiatives their universities have launched or may establish to support sustainable development and the future-oriented changes. The global impact of China and the rise of Chinese universities were frequently mentioned topics at the Colloquium. President Chen’s participation in the discussion enriched the understanding of the global university leaders about the development of research universities in China.

The university leaders came from the University of Sydney (Australia), University of Toronto (Canada), Charles University (Czech Republic), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), Ashoka University (India), Keio University (Japan), Utrecht University (the Netherlands), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), National University of Singapore (Singapore), Korea University (South Korea), École Polytechnique Fédéale de Lausanne (Switzerland), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), University of Basel (Switzerland), the University of Geneva (Switzerland), University of Zurich (Switzerland), Imperial College London (UK), University of Cambridge (UK), University of California Berkeley (USA), University of Illinois (USA), and Rice University (USA).

SUSTech signs MoC with ETH Zurich

SUSTech signs MoC with ETH Zurich

Jun 15, 2019 Latest News

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich) have this week signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) for the construction of Institute of Risk Analysis, Forecasting and Management (Institute).

The agreement was signed by SUSTech President Chen Shiyi and ETH Zürich President Joël Mesot. The signing took place on the sidelines of the 12th Glion Colloquium in Montreux, Switzerland, which is a think-tank on higher education for the leaders of research universities. Every two years the Glion Colloquium hosts a forum for research university leaders to consider together the role that the world’s leading universities should play in addressing the great challenges and opportunities of our times.

Under the terms of the MoC, the Institute will be established by both the Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies at SUSTech and the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) at ETH Zürich. The Institute shall be devoted to research and developing an innovative dynamic risk management system. The system will develop real-time dynamic monitoring of extreme events in different natural and social systems through simulation and trend analysis.

Accurate forecasting and early warning problems will provide society with the ability to better adapt to new and unique problems, minimizing risk and social instability. The Institute will be led by the Head of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at SUSTech, Professor Chen Xiaofei, in conjunction with Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at D-MTEC, Professor Didier Sornette.

ETH Zürich is the world’s top research university, and has been ranked among the top universities in Europe for many years. It is ranked 7th in the world in the Times Higher Education 2019 World University Rankings. There are 21 Nobel Prize Laureates among the alumni and current faculty members, including Albert Einstein.