(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A delegation from Henan University of Science and Technology— located in Luoyang, Henan Province, the People’s Republic of China—has signed a preliminary agreement with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering to explore cooperation in the areas of joint research, faculty exchange and student exchange.
The delegation was on campus recently to meet with Professor Keqin Gu, chair of the SIUE Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim and SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson. Henan’s President Wang Jianji also met with SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift to sign a preliminary memorandum of understanding (MOU).
In addition to Wang, the delegation consisted of Zhou Xiejian, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Zhong Qinglun, the deputy director of the school’s foreign affairs office. In addition to SIUE’s top administrators, the delegation visited with Engineering associate deans Brad Noble and Oktay Alkin, department chairs and a group of about 10 Engineering faculty.
Gu said SIUE faculty were enthusiastic about the possibility of cooperation with Henan University. “They feel that such international cooperation is very important in a globalized world,” Gu said. “They look forward to the new opportunities this may bring.”