On 17 July, the president of Fudan University, Ningsheng XU, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the president of Université Paris-Sud, Sylvie Retailleau, and the vice-president of Université Paris-Saclay, Claude Chappert.
Following the respective visits of the president of Université Paris-Sud, Sylvie Retailleau, and the president of Université Paris-Saclay, Gilles Bloch, to Shanghai at the end of 2016, the president of Fudan University, prof. Ningsheng XU, came to Orsay on 17 July 2017 to sign a tripartite MoU linking the three institutions within a sustainable framework of collaboration. On the occasion of this visit, a scientific workshop was also organised enabling the representatives of the mathematics, physics and ICT departments of the Chinese university to exchange with their French counterparts.
An outward-looking research university
Third university of China according to the THE 2017 rankings, with over 300 research centres, Fudan University is an internationally-oriented institution whose international students account for almost 50 % of its student population. The university offers, in particular, 15 Master’s programmes in English and has developed a series of initiatives to attract international students. Furthermore, Fudan University aims at giving at least half of its undergraduate students at least one overseas experience by 2020. With this in mind, the institution relies on over 200 partnerships with universities around the world as well as on its 3 centres established at the heart of universities in the United States (UCSD), Mexico (Tec de Monterrey) and in Europe (University of Copenhagen), and whose purpose is to promote cooperation between the two partners and support research projects.
A day of fruitful discussions
The introductions given by the vice-presidents of Université Paris-Sud, prof. Sandrine Lacombe and prof. Etienne Augé, at the opening of the scientific workshop, as well as the presentations given by the vice-deans of Fudan University, prof. Ran Liu and prof. Yan Chen, emphasised the strong common interests of the two institutions to collaborate, in particular in the fields of physics and mathematics, as well as their common will to explore new unifying projects to foster innovation. Such ambitions fall within the scope of the “Double first-rate” programme, launched recently by Beijing in order to develop world-class universities, and for which Fudan University has defined key research themes such as neurosciences, nanotechnologies, Big Data and life sciences.
The day of discussions concluded with the signature of an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the three partner institutions, represented for Université Paris-Saclay by its vice-president Claude Chappert and for Université Paris-Sud by its president Sylvie Retailleau. With this signature, Université Paris-Saclay is actively pursuing its development policy of cooperation in the fields of teaching, research and innovation with the best Chinese universities.
The representatives of the three universities, with, at the forefront and from left to right Claude Chappert, vice-president of Université Paris-Saclay, Ningsheng XU, president of Fudan University, and Sylvie Retailleau, president of Université Paris-Sud