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The Tenth Anniversary of ZJSU-UC Partnership was Celebrated
(2019/11/30 15:35:34)


On November 28, a celebration of 10th anniversary of ZJSU-UC relationship was held by faculty and student representatives from the two universities. Professor Ross James, Dean of College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury, Dr. Russell Wordsworth, Dean of International, College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury, Professor Zhang Junying, Vice Director of International Office, Zhejiang Gongshang University, and Ms Ma Xiuli, Chief Officer for Exchange Programs, attended the ceremony. Also,  heads of student affairs offices and student representatives from several schools were invited. The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Russell Wordsworth.

At the very beginning, Russell gave his appreciations for ZJSU’s support and adequate preparation for this event, then he made a brief introduction to the cooperation program between the two universities.

Professor Zhang Junying delivered a speech. She stressed the contribution of all the people in this event to the relationship between the two universities and  expressed her sincere gratitude. She recalled the history of the program initiated by the two sides. The two universities began to send exchange students after the cooperation agreement signed in 2009. The number of short-term exchange students reached approximately 300 after launching SLPP (Second Language Promotion Program). Faculty exchange and scientific research are a part of the cooperation, too. Finally, Professor Zhang wished all the teachers and students from UC a satisfying and happy time in Hangzhou, and she was full of confidence about two universities’ future, which would definitely give a polish to the cultural interactions between China and New Zealand.

The speech of professor Ross James began with a question: why is China so important to UC? Then he explained that UC had been in international cooperation with two Chinese universities: one is Peking University, and the other is Zhejiang Gongshang University. The cooperation with ZJSU had set a good example for UC’s international cooperation. UC would strengthen its international collaborations with Chinese institutions in the future.

Russell then reviewed the original intention and history of the two sides’ cooperation. He hoped that in the future the two sides could deepen the partnership and try to launch another new joint program. Later, UC delegation leader Nicole and student representative Huang Meiling gave their speeches. Russell also demonstrated the previous photos which are very precious for the faculty and students in attendance. In the end of the event, the two universities together cut apart the birthday cake and shared the Chinese traditional food dumplings. Afterwards, Students from ZJSU and UC began free communications, which led to the climax of the event.

The University of Canterbury is the second oldest university in New Zealand. It was founded in 1873 as Canterbury College, the first constituent college of the University of New Zealand. Its original campus was in the Christchurch Central City, and the university now operates its main campus in the Christchurch, New Zealand.

University of Canterbury owns 7 colleges, including colleges of Arts, Engineering, Science, Business and Law, and UC Business School, etc. UC is a prestigious institution boasting the earliest College of Engineering and biggest School of Education in New Zealand. It offers world-class research, inspirational teaching, vibrant campus environment and great student lifestyle. The university also brings in academics from other universities situated all around the world, including Cambridge and Oxford. Lecturers and professors at the institution are leaders in their fields and take real pride in providing not only the best possible education for their students, but also conduct effective research that addresses some of the biggest issues facing our society. UC was placed 227th in QS World University Rankings 2020.