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Partnerships with University of Delaware

Peking University, Nov. 12, 2010: The University of Delaware (UD) will take part in programs including visiting scholar exchanges, lecture series, workshops, and research partnerships with Peking University, known as China's Harvard.


Prof. George Watson and Prof. An Pingqiu (UD/Ambre Alexander)


Representative of the two universities met at UD this week to celebrate an agreement they signed “for mutual cooperation and collaboration” and to begin planning for how the agreement will be implemented. George Watson, dean of UD's College of Arts and Sciences, and PKU professor An Pingqiu, chief director of China's National Commission on Classics Editing and Research by Institutions of Higher Learning, were representatives of the two sides at the ceremony.


The first initiative took place on Wednesday, Nov. 10, when Prof. Liao Kebin delivered the inaugural Distinguished Scholar Lecture in UD's Gore Hall.


Liao, a professor of classical Chinese literature at Peking University, spoke on “China Seen Through a Province: Traditional Culture, Economic Development and Social Changes in Zhejiang Province.” He was one of five members of the delegation that visited Delaware from Beijing to launch the partnership.


The agreement between UD's College of Arts and Sciences and Beijing's National Commission on Classics Editing and Research by Institutions of Higher Learning took effect in July. Its purpose is to “establish active scholarly linkages and create the long-term foundation for collaboration among the academic disciplines” that the two institutions share.


Specifically, the agreement calls for a lecture series that will include public lectures and other activities such as workshops; visiting scholar exchanges of about three months each, which will begin this spring; joint workshops or symposia that will begin in fall 2011; and a variety of research collaborations involving faculty members and graduate students.


Recognized as the top institution of higher education in China, Peking University also enjoys a strong reputation for excellent international academic and research programs.



Reported by: Ann Manser

Edited by: Jacques

Source: UDaily