On the afternoon of May 15th, a delegation of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) led by President SidneyMcPhee, Vice President Andrew James, and Middle Tennessee State Senator Bill Ketron paid a visit to Hunan Normal University. Li Min, Secretary of the CPC HNU Committee, warmly welcomed the delegation in the No.2 meeting room of president’s office building.President of HNU Jiang Hongxin attended the meeting to meet and greet with the students there, and Tang Jianwen, director of the Office of the International Exchange and Cooperation,presided over the welcoming ceremony.
Sidney McPhee expressed thanks to the warm reception, and then gave a brief introduction to the basics of MTSU. He pointed out lots of ideas of MTSU fitted well with HNU’s like discipline construction and talent cultivation. He also stressed the remarkable achievements had been achieved in the joint projects of the two universities and the two boasted their own advantages respectively. Upholding the International Development Strategy, he then expressed his wish to strengthen communication and cooperation with HNU, thus promoting the development of international education and the quality of talent cultivation.
And then, Lin Min gave an introduction to HNU in aspects of its history, faculty members, discipline construction, international exchanges, etc. He invited the foreign guests to attend the 80th anniversary of HNU, and spoke highly of the achievements gained through the long-term cooperation and exchanges. He also expressed his wishes to deepen cooperation between the two sides, as to make progress together and realize a win-win in the various forms of joint projects.
At the end of the meeting, all attendees exchanged their views in terms of teacher-student exchanges between the two universities and co-cultivating postgraduates and other joint projects. After the welcoming ceremony, SidneyMcPhee gave a lecture called Building a Bridge between Education and Culture for the students.
President of HNU Jiang Hongxin concluded that the two universities had accomplished a lot since their relationship was established thirteen years ago. They would continue to deepen the cooperation and further mutual learning to attract and cultivate talent students, as to build world-class universities. He also inspired the students to aim high, study hard and build new bridges for friendly communication between the two countries.
Vice Dean of Studies of MTSU Zheng Guanping, the main donator of MTSU Paul Martin, and HNU relevant persons in charge also attended all the related activities.