The 2018 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures&UK-China Partnership Forum in Thermoelectrics for Clean Energy Was Held in NPU
The 2018 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures & UK-China Partnership Forum in Thermoelectrics for Clean Energy which was jointly hosted by British Embassy, Beijing, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base successfully took place in International Conference Center of NPU on November 5, 2018. More than 50 internationally renowned experts and scholars have delivered academic reports and held in-depth discussions on the topics of thermoelectric materials and clean energy.
The meeting was hosted by Prof. Jie Kong, Dean of QMUL Engineering School, NPU. Vice President Weihong Zhang of NPU attended the meeting and delivered a welcome speech to show appreciation to the prestigious experts and scholars presented. The official operation of QMUL Engineering School, NPU, International Centre for Teaching and Learning (ICTL), NPU-QMUL Joint Research Institute of Advanced Materials and Structures has built a solid foundation for the success of this meeting. And at the times of 80th anniversary of NPU, QMUL and NPU signed the letter of intent for dual master degrees programme. A long-term, systematic and sustainable mechanism of deep cooperation between the two universities has been established in teaching, scientific research, discipline development and other areas.
During the opening ceremony, Professor Vassili Toropov, Vice Chairman of the International Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Chairman of British Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, as well as Professor Maria-Magdalena Titirici, a member of Royal Society of Chemistry, Chief Professor of Sustainable Chemistry of QMUL, were appointed respectively as NPU’s Consultant Professor and Adjunct Professor.
On November 6th, more than 20 professors and experts in advanced materials and structures from QMUL, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Lanzhou University,Central South University,Henan Polytechnic University, University of Chester, Loughborough University and NPU were invited to give presentations and reports on thermoelectric materials and clean energy.
Experts from China and the UK put forward a series of foreword topics and innovative development directions. The meeting provided a new platform for in-depth exchanges and cooperation between China and the UK in the field of advanced materials and thermoelectric clean energy, which would further serve the national development strategies of China and the UK.
在开幕式上，国际结构与多学科优化协会副主席、英国结构与多学科优化协会主席、伦敦玛丽女王大学教授Vassili Toropov和英国皇家化学会会员、伦敦玛丽女王大学可持续材料化学首席教授Maria-Magdalena Titirici从西北工业大学副校长张卫红手中接过聘书，分别受聘为我校顾问教授和讲座教授。
Queen Mary University of London Partner school Northwestern Polytechnical University held a ceremony on October 13 to celebrate its 80th anniversary at Aoxiang Stadium on its Changan Campus in Xi'an. More than 4,500 people gathered for this special occasion, including leaders of the university, distinguished guests from home and abroad, representatives from various areas who have always supported NPU, representatives from the universities at home and abroad, representatives of NPU alumni from home and abroad and the teachers and students currently attending.
President of the Queen Mary University of London as well as the academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prof Colin Beiley also made a speech during the ceremony. He said NPU has become a strategic partner of the Queen Mary University of London with a well-known world reputation in leading scientific research field and education. He hoped to continue further cooperation for future talents, based on co-training mechanism and co-researching between two universities.
International Centre for Teaching and Learning (ICTL) - Teacher and reserch group meeting (JEI - NPU)
On the 22nd Jun 2018, International Centre for Teaching and Learning (ICTL)hosted the research group meeting for teaching research and development centre of NPU and the faculty of science and engineering of the Queen Mary University of London. Dr Gabriel Gavalli Senior lecture of the School of Material science and Engineering, Queen Mary University, London, hosted the conference.
This meeting aims to promote teachers' English teaching ability, improve the quality of English teaching in Class, promote the reform of research teaching mode, and explore new educational teaching ideas and methods.
The Introduction to Chinese Traditional Culture III: Chinese Calligraphy Initiated by QMES Volunteer Team
Recently, QMES volunteer team introduced Chinese calligraphy to our foreign teachers Gabriel, Matt, Alan, Faith, Agne, and Matthew, as well as Executive Vice Dean Andy on the 23rd of May. With their professional explanation and guidance, our foreign teachers had a real taste
of calligraphy and practised it well.
In the beginning, five categories of Chinese traditional calligraphy – Xing, Cao, Zhuan, Li, and Kai were introduced together with tools needed to do the practice. Taking “家” (Jia, family, house) as an example, the development of calligraphy was fully illustrated to our teachers. Getting interested in the art of calligraphy, our teachers have also introduced five representatives of notable calligraphers such as Wang Xizhi and his work Lantingji Xu.
Before getting to practice, the volunteers explained to their teachers how to hold the brush, and how to write horizontal, left-falling, right-falling, turning, hook, raising and dot strokes, which were the elementary components of hanzi (characters). The first practised was “人” (ren, people). Executive Vice Dean Andy showed a great talent in doing calligraphy as he held the brush very professionally. Gabriel wrote wittily, which genuinely reflected his personality. Other teachers were excited to ask the volunteers about the characters they wanted to write. For example, Faith asked how to write “猫” (mao, cat), for she had a lovely cat at home.
The introduction of the session helped our foreign teachers build a deep understanding of Chinese traditional calligraphy and were an effective way to strengthen the tie between teachers and students.
The Introduction to Chinese Traditional Culture II: Myths and Legends Initiated by QMES Volunteer Team
Following the first successful class, the second session-- Myths and Legends class was introduced to QMES teachers, Matt, Alan, Faith, and Agne, as well as Executive Vice Dean Andy on the 18th of April. The Volunteer Team prepared plentiful materials and produced a professional presentation. They introduced all kinds of myths and legends from Pan Gu to Nv Wa, from Houyi and Chang’e to Niulang and Zhinv, and emphasized on the origin and stories of the Journey to the West, as well as Chinese mythical creatures and many vivid videos to explore the extensive and profound Chinese culture to the foreigners.
All the teachers took the class seriously by taking notes and raising the questions that they were interested in and in the end, they expressed the appreciation of the hard work of the volunteer team. The session was ended with lots of laughter and fun.
The success of this session not only introduced the beauty and plenty of Chinese traditional culture but also kept encouraging the Volunteer Team to contribute to the next session.
继第一期课程后，第二期中国传统文化课--中国神话传说如约而至。4月18日，玛丽女王工程学院的执行副院长Andy，PDP老师Matt，以及三位英语老师Alan, Faith 和 Agne应邀加入到了此次课程中。志愿者团队准备了丰富的资料，制作了精美的讲义，从盘古和女蜗的传说开篇，到后羿和嫦娥、牛郎和织女的爱情故事，更重点介绍了西游记的来历和故事，以及许多中国神兽，最后并以生动的视频，向老师们展示了博大精深的中国文化。期间，老师们认真做着笔记，时不时提出感兴趣的问题，课后还对志愿者团队表示衷心感谢，整个课程充满了欢声笑语。
The Volunteer Team of Queen Mary Engineering School (QMES) is initiating a series of classes to introduce five aspects of Chinese traditional culture which contains Chinese Chess, Myths and Legends, Food, Calligraphy and Kung Fu, to QMES teachers in order to help them to understand China better and promote cultural communication. Meanwhile, the confidence to Chinese culture will be also emphasized to the students themselves.
The Volunteer Team held the high enthusiasm in this programme and did a lot of specific preparation before the class, such as collecting the materials, studying on the content, editing the teaching plan and file, purchasing the teaching stuff and even producing the pre-task for the teachers, which is the same way as the one that the teachers give them.
In the Chinese Chess session on the 11th April, our English teachers - Alan, Faith, and Agne from QMES were introduced to the history of Chinese Chess, the pattern of the chessboard and its rules by the Volunteer Team. And then Faith won a souvenir Chinese Chess set because she answered correctly the following quiz. At the end of the session, Alan won the “epic battle” against Faith, which lasts over 2 hours. Agne, who observed the whole battle, described “it is so tense and dead silence in the room”.
From 14th to 15th, April 2018, the Student International Forum organized by Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) was held on Jiang’an Campus, Sichuan University. Led by counsellor Ji Xiao, student representatives Xin Yuepeng, Shi Boning, Sun Yutong, Zhang Xinyue, Lin Wanran, Gong Yuanhao, and Su Shihan were invited to attend the forum on behalf of Queen Mary University of London Engineering School (QMES), Northwestern Polytechnical University.
The Student International Forum was officially opened on the morning of 14th April in the lecture hall of the School of Law, Jiang’an Campus, Sichuan University. Professor Qiu Minjing, Dean of SCUPI, delivered a welcome speech. The forum also invited Professor Paul Woolridge of the University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute to give a keynote speech who shared with the participants the changes and development of language in the times of globalization and internationalization.
During the forum, each delegation gave a presentation on the theme of Student Development in Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institutions. As the only freshman delegation, Xin Yuepeng, Shi Boning, Sun Yutong and Zhang Xinyue ingeniously demonstrated their thinking, learning, and understanding under the Sino-foreign cooperative education environment in the form of scenario dramas. They vividly demonstrated their personal experience and urgent needs of studying at QMES. Their fluent English, confident performance and tacit cooperation won applause from the audience. Professor Qiu Minjing expressed high praise for the unique presentation of our students and encouraged them to make good use of the excellent platform QMES provided to concentrate on learning and strive to become international talents.
The forum provided an opportunity for students from Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institutions to exchange ideas and strengthen their understanding of various joint institutes. Through the forum, students widened their horizons, made new friends, gained new experience, and learned from each other. As students from a newly established Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institution, our delegation showed their confidence and thinking which was recognized and praised. This exchange experience strengthened our students’ confidence in continuously improving their capabilities and encouraged them to strive for a bright future on the international stage.
在学生团队分享环节，各学院代表团进行主题为Student Development in Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institutions的展示。玛丽女王工程学院作为本次参会唯一的新生代表团，辛月鹏、史博宁、孙雨桐、张馨月四名学生代表，别出心裁以场景剧的形式展现了中外合作办学环境下的所思、所学、所悟、所想，生动地展示出他们在玛丽女王工程学院学习的切身体会与迫切需求。他们流利的口语、自信的表现、默契的配合赢得了全场的掌声。匹兹堡学院邱民京院长对我院学生别出心裁的展示表示高度赞扬，并鼓励同学们利用好玛丽女王工程学院的优质平台，潜心学习，争做国际化人才。
The first meeting of Student-Staff Liaison Committee of Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, NPU was held in March 21st, 2018 in QMES Meeting Room, East Teaching Building A, Chang'an Campus. Chen Jun, Vice Dean and Director of SSLC; Andrew Bushby, Executive Vice Dean and Deputy Director of SSLC attended the meeting. Committee members Shi Xuetao, Zhang Tiebang, Matthew Potter, Gabriel Cavalli, Du Jiannan, Qi Yue, and all student committee members joined the meeting.
The setting and running of SSLC provide a long-term mechanism for effective communication between students and staff. The staff of QMES collected many opinions from students through this meeting. Further improvements and efforts need to be made at next stage.
2018年3月21日，西北工业大学伦敦玛丽女王大学工程学院师生联络委员会（Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Student Staff Liaison Committee）第一次会议在长安校区玛丽女王工程学院会议室展开。学院副院长、师生联络委员会主任陈俊，学院执行副院长、师生联络委员会副主任Andrew Bushby，教师委员史学涛、张铁邦、Matthew Potter、Gabriel Cavalli、杜剑楠、齐玥，及全体学生委员龚元昊、刘扬、李博轩、柳书博、眭雨鹏、杜家宝、宋金铼、刘烨锟、肖紫涵、何沐锟、李子睿、孙致远、蔺琬然、王子航参加了此次会议。
On 12 December, Queen Mary University of London hosted an awards ceremony with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) to mark progress in establishing a Joint Research Institute (JRI) in the fields of Advanced Materials and Structures.
Led by Queen Mary’s Professor Mike Reece, the JRI seeks to serve China’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative, which highlights the country’s push to take a larger role in global affairs. The JRI aims to create the conditions for high-level academic research and international cooperation in research programmes, including the bilateral exchange of masters’ students, Ph.D. students and academic staff.
Formed earlier in 2017, the JRI will initially focus on five research themes: advanced ceramic materials; nano energy materials; functional polymers and composites; biomaterials and engineering; and material structure design and optimization.
It will help underpin the teaching being delivered by the QMUL-NPU Joint Educational Institute (JEI), which includes two BEng programmes in Materials Science and Engineering and Polymers Materials Science and Engineering.
Under the JEI, degree programmes are jointly taught in English by NPU and Queen Mary staff at NPU’s campuses in X’ian, in China’s Shaanxi province. Successful students will be awarded a degree from both universities.
During his speech, President and Principal of Queen Mary, Professor Colin Bailey, said: “It is my pleasure to express my support for our partnership with Northwestern Polytechnical University. Already, we can see from the fine calibre of the students we have recruited to the Joint Educational Institution that we will be educating some of the leaders of tomorrow. “Our vision is that the JRI will initiate new lines of research that will lead to world-leading research for the benefit of the people of China and the UK.”
During the awards ceremony, Professor Bailey awarded President of NPU, Wang Jinsong, the title of Honorary Professor. Six research leads of the JEI have also conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS). These were: Professor Feng Gao; Professor Li Shang; Professor Zhu Jihong; Professor Li Xuanhua; Professor Kong Jie; and Professor Wei Bingqing.
As part of NPU’s wider visit, which took place at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus on 12 and 13 December, discussions centered around securing funding for the JRI, potential new research domains and opportunities for Ph.D. student mobility, with support from the China Scholarship Council.
Queen Mary launched its partnership with NPU in October 2016 following approval for the JEI from the Chinese Ministry of Education. The JEI’s first cohort of 250 students enrolled in September 2017.
NPU is a research-oriented, multi-disciplinary university with particular strengths in aerospace, marine engineering, and materials science. It is one of the top 39 universities in China. Queen Mary has been a partner with the China Scholarship Council since 2012 and has over 350 international partnerships.
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12月13日和12日，西北工业大学（NPU）对位于伦敦Mile End 的 玛丽女王大学进行学术访问，而此次访问交流围绕以，保证联合研究学院（JRI）研究资金；及其潜在的新研究项目领域；和以中国奖学金委员会的支持为前提两校博士生互动交流机会为主题展开。
2016年10月，经中国教育部批准，西北工业大学（NPU）与伦敦玛丽女王大学合作建立中外合作办学机构-西北工业大学伦敦玛丽女王大学工程学院 (JEI)。西北工业大学伦敦玛丽女王大学工程学院 (JEI)第一批250名学生于2017年9月正式入学。
On 11 December 2017, “Spirit of Youth -- Make Ideas Happen” UK-NPU Enterprise Education Workshop, hosted by British Embassy, was held by Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, NPU (JEI) in East Teaching Building, Chang'an Campus, NPU.
The Secondary Secretary Ms Jane Fulbrook and Regional Affairs Officer Ms Wang Jiachen from British Embassy, Enterprise Education (EE) experts Julian, Zhubei, Charlotte, Mavis form Venture Education, and 150 teachers and students from NPU attended the workshop.
Nowadays, students have to face many challenges in a changing world after their graduation and starting a career becomes a big question. A survey from Cambridge University showed that the company managers preferred innovative talents who could work out practical problems in creative ways.
At the very beginning, the EE experts gave tests on famous Chinese and British inventions to students. All of the students needed to collaborate in groups to figure out answers which were graded. The two groups with the highest scores gained prizes and gifts. After that, the host introduced the concept of EE based on current global employment status and operation of EE education abroad to inspire students about the importance of “making ideas happen”. Next, the host further elaborated several key qualities that the university students should be equipped with, such as time pressure, rapid risk assessment, sympathy, etc., and emphasized the importance of innovative ability and critical thinking.
After the speech, a short video from Queen Mary University of London was played. Two students who made the video said that they hoped to find “good ideas” to solve their transportation problems in London where there is changeable weather and where there are no bicycle lanes.
Students then were divided into 10 groups to cope with various challenges, for which they needed to come up with feasible solutions with consideration to the concept, customers, competitors, compatibility, contents and cash in 30 minutes. Afterwards, an additional 20 minutes was given to students for them to make an innovative advertisement video for their ideas. During this process, students experienced and learned how to deal with extreme time pressure and teamwork. After discussing and evaluating, judges from the British Embassy chose four best teams according to creativity, communication, compatibility and critical thinking respectively.
At the end of the workshop, the EE experts encouraged students to “make their ideas happen” in the last few days of 2017 and in life. In the meanwhile, they shared many different ways of innovation including Maker Space.
Enterprise education is quite popular in British universities. The NPU-QMUL JEI draws on the academic expertise of both institutions, as well as the strengths of two distinct educational cultures – the mathematical and scientific rigor found in China and the emphasis placed on creative problem-solving and transferable skills in the UK. Students graduate with a unique blend of skills, valued in China and around the world. This activity encouraged JEI students to put ideas into practice, hold a positive attitude, have sympathy towards others and make the contribution to the world.
“Spirit of Youth” is inspired by Her Royal Highness Princess Annie of British Royal Family, the British Ambassador in China Barbara Woodward, and Jiang Shuying, the famous actress in China. The activities last from July to December in 2017 and are warmly welcomed with a focus on six different fields that mutually benefit China and Britain: cultural innovation, physical education, health, scientific innovation, and education.
演讲完毕，现场进入互动体验环节。主讲嘉宾为全体师生播放了一段QMUL学生短片。两位录制学生表示，复杂多变的天气、无自行车道的困扰、校园车辆的管理疏漏、校园自行车安全事的时有发生，促使他们希望寻找“good ideas ”去解决在伦敦安全、方便出行的问题。随后，所有参与同学被分成十组，主讲嘉宾发放概念画布，提出挑战：每组30分钟，设计创新可行的解决方案，包括concept（模型）、customers（受众）、competitors（竞争者）、compatibility（通用性）、contents（内容）、cash（资金）六个部分。主讲嘉宾参与各组讨论并给予指导。完成产品初步设计后是更富挑战性的20分钟限时产品创意广告视频制作环节。在这一过程中，同学们实践并体验了新学到的极端时间压力工作、小组协作等技能。经过认真讨论和科学评估，大使馆评委团分别从创新性、沟通性、通用性、批判性思维四个角度各选出一份最佳作品，并颁奖合影。
The 2017 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures / Discipline Development Forum Was Held in NPU
The 2017 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures/Discipline Development Forum which was jointly hosted by Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) successfully took place in NPU Old Campus on November 7, 2017. The meeting was organized by Office of Disciplines Development, Office of International Cooperation, School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, School of Mechanical Engineering, QMUL Engineering School, and NPU and NPU-QMUL Joint Research Institute of Advanced Materials and Structures.
The meeting was hosted by Prof. Jie Kong, Dean of QMUL Engineering School, NPU. Vice President Weihong Zhang of NPU attended the meeting and delivered a welcome speech to show appreciation to the prestigious experts and scholars presented. The official operation of QMUL Engineering School, NPU and the establishment of NPU-QMUL Joint Research Institute of Advanced Materials and Structures have built a solid foundation for the success of this meeting.
During the two-days meeting, professors and experts in Materials Science and Structures from QMUL, National University of Singapore, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, and NPU were invited to give presentations and reports on advanced ceramic materials, nano energy materials, functional polymers and composites, biomaterials and engineering, and material structure design and optimization. The meeting aims to promote cooperation and communication in the fields of materials science and material structure design and optimization between China and UK for the purpose to advance in-depth research and application.
The meeting was filled with an atmosphere of international academic communication and exchange. The presitigious professors and experts have advocated a lot creative ideas in new directions in the area of advanced materials and structures. Professors and leaders from Office of International Cooperation, Office of Disciplines Development, School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, QMUL Engineering School, NPU also joined the meeting.
On 20th October 2017, Prof Wen Wang, Dean of School of Engineering and Materials Science, Ms Anne Parry, Faculty Operating Officer, from Queen Mary University of London visited Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, NPU (JEI). With the company of Zhang Fuli, deputy director of the International Cooperation Department, NPU, Kong Jie, Dean of JEI and Chen Jun, Vice Dean of JEI, Prof. Wen Wang and Ms Anne Parry gave a lecture about campus study and life to all JEI students of 2017, and visited JEI offices, students’ common room and Internet smart classrooms.
During the lecture to all JEI new students of 2017, Prof Wen Wang demonstrated the gist of economy, culture and education in London, and the long history of Queen Mary. He also introduced his research work in the field of vascular endothelial cell and biomechanics. Ms Anne Parry introduced many famous places and British cultural characteristics. She expected students to visit Queen Mary University in London to take academic exchange so that they could experience the unique cultural atmosphere in London and British characteristics.
伦敦玛丽女王大学工程与材料学院院长Wen Wang教授与理工学部执行官Anne Parry女士访问JEI
QMUL signs major strategic collaboration agreement with China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University
A memorandum of understanding outlining the intent for the alliance was signed at the 8th UK-China Education Summit on Thursday 17th September 2015. A further signing to confirm the development of the collaboration was then made on the following day at the QMUL Mile End campus by Professor Simon Gaskell, QMUL President and Principal with Professor Wang Jinsong, President of NPU.
2015年9月17日，在第八届中英教育峰会上，两校领导签署了《西北工业大学与伦敦玛丽女王大学关于建立先进材料和结构联合研究中心的合作备忘录》。伦敦玛丽女王大学校长 Simon Gaskell 教授与西工大校长汪劲松教授于次日在伦敦玛丽女王大学签署了《西北工业大学与伦敦玛丽女王大学合作备忘录》。
QMUL, in partnership with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), has been granted permission by the Chinese Ministry of Education to establish a new Joint Educational Institution. The new Institution, to be called 'Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, Northwestern Polytechnical University', will be based at NPU’s campuses in Xi’an, China and will provide high quality degree programmes in the area of Engineering Materials that will begin admitting students in September 2017.
In preparation for the launch of the NPU-QMUL Joint Educational Institute (JEI), the first 4 NPU professors visited London in July 2016 as part of their training programme. They attended an intensive course on international education at QMUL’s Centre for Academic and Professional Development. They also met with staff from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Language Centre and Materials Research Institute to discuss the development of the JEI and related Joint Research Centre.
Professor Xuetao Shi said “We really got to know better the different teaching structure between China and UK and this will definitely be helpful for our new JEI”.