Visiting scholars from China creating new opportunities

By Costa Maragos Posted: August 22, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Thomas Chase, U of R Provost and Vice-President (Academic) (centre), welcomed Professor Liu Yinguo (left), Dean of Graduate Studies at Anhui University of Finance and Economics, and the other visitors from China.
Dr. Thomas Chase, U of R Provost and Vice-President (Academic) (centre), welcomed Professor Liu Yinguo (left), Dean of Graduate Studies at Anhui University of Finance and Economics, and the other visitors from China. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

An exchange agreement in April between the University of Regina and Anhui University of Finance and Economics in China is already seeing positive results.

A delegation of nine scholars from Anhui University of Finance and Economics has just completed a three-and-a-half week professional development program on campus with a promise of more exchange trips to come.

“We appreciate the hospitality we received at the University,” says Professor Liu Yinguo, Dean of the Department of Graduate Studies at Anhui University of Finance and Economics. “We learned so much about Canada and its history, economy and education. We enjoyed the sunshine, the fresh air and the food here as well.”

Upon completion of the development program, Yinguo announced that Anhui University of Finance and Economics would like to send 20 graduate students to attend the University of Regina each year as well as some young professors.  He also invited  graduate students and professors from the U of R to his University, which has about 26,000 students.

The program in Regina was organized by UR International in collaboration with faculty and staff. It included a series of seminars with a focus on the development of graduate students. Topics included strategic planning of research projects, joint teaching and research opportunities, as well as the supervision of graduate students from mentoring to research to maintaining motivation.

In addressing the scholars, Dr. Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) said:

“Visits like this are so important as they build bridges, develop and expand partnerships for faculty members and students, and increase faculty and student mobility.”  

The U of R has built strong ties with China. It was the first university in Canada to partner with a Chinese institution –Shandong University – in 1981.

Over the years the U of R has hosted more than 200 visiting professors and researchers from China in the past few years. Last year about 850 students from China took classes in Regina.

The U of R has approximately 60 agreements with 30 Chinese institutions.

These include:

  • joint undergraduate and graduate programs
  • student and faculty exchanges
  • scholarship programs and Shen Kuo research program
  • co-operative educational placements
  • innovative research partnerships.

“I characterize our relationship with China as one of openness and trust, co-operation and mutual respect,” says Chase.