China daily:Sino-German educational links boosted by USST


The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, or USST, has cultivated scientists for more than 110 years, and is one of the most influential academic institutions in China promoting Sino-German educational cooperation.

The Sino-German Cooperation University Alliance, formed by 11 universities including USST, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Zhejiang University of Science & Technology, Shanxi University of Finance and Economics and Henan University, was established on October 19, 2018, during a forum promoting Sino-German education cooperation in Beijing. The forum was a key part in China's Annual Conference for International Education & Expo held from Oct 18 to 21 last year. More than 50 professors and officials from member universities and Germany's Academic Exchange Service attended the forum. They shared opinions on promoting educational cooperation and unlocking greater potential.

The initiative to form the alliance was first raised in 2016. The alliance's secretariat is located on USST's campus. All members have Sino-German cooperated programs or institutes that are approved by the Ministry of Education.

The alliance allows universities to strengthen cooperation in educational talent cultivation, program and content setting, professor team building, postgraduate education and supporting universities to turn research results into reality.

USST, one of the core members of the alliance, has long-term relationships with German universities. It was one of the first universities in China to launch cooperative educational programs with German academic institutes. It was also among the first batch of Chinese universities that obtained educational accreditation from Germany.

USST and Germany's Hamburg University of Applied Sciences have worked together for over three decades, since 1985, through the Shanghai-Hamburg College academic exchange program.

USST has welcomed many German government officials and leaders from academic institutes, such as, German Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Managing Director of ASIIN Iring Wasser.

In the past few years, there have been even greater academic exchanges between USST and German institutes. according to the Shanghai university.

In 2017, USST formed an artificial intelligence research institute with the University of Hamburg.

In 2016, USST joined hands with the University of Hamburg's academician team to build a lab to develop medical robotics and manmachine integration technologies. USST has also partnered with other leading universities and institutes such as the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to build AI labs.

USST's management members are seizing more opportunities to better link the university with German counterparts. Ding Xiaodong, president of USST, visited Kuehne Logistics University in June. The university is one of the top three universities in Germany for research.

USST has established long-term partnerships with German universities and reported outstanding results in education, research and labs construction, Ding said. Companies welcome talent graduated from our Sino-German cooperation programs. Our cooperation in different fields lifts our overall research capacity and supports USST in becoming a leading university in China.

Xu Jingwei contributed to this story.