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Nicholas B. Dirks, president of UC, Berkeley visits PKU

APR . 10 2017
Peking University, Apr. 7, 2017: On the morning of April 3, 2017, president of UC, Berkeley, Nicholas B. Dirks paid a visit to Peking University. He was accompanied by associate dean, Tsu-Jae King Liu, senior advisor of China Affairs, Ye Wenxin, dean of the Public Health Academy, Stefano Bertozzi, and dean of the School of Chemistry, Douglas Clark. They were welcomed by Hao Ping,chairman of Peking University Concil,Lin Jianhua, president of Peking University and other school leaders.

Hao Ping, on behalf of Peking University, extended a warm welcome to President Dirks and his entourage. He pointed out that UC Berkeley is a very important strategic partner of Peking University. Both sides have carried out in-depth cooperation in various fields such as academic research, cooperative education and personnel training. In September, 2016, Lin Jianhua,visited UC Berkeley, and the two universities signed a memorandum of cooperation in many areas, for instance, environment, public health, new materials and so on. This time, Dirks is looking forward to promoting the implementation of more inter-school cooperation.
During the discussion, the two sides discussed the new mode of student cultivationand the methodsto winsocial resourcesand subsidy in order to build universities. Scholars in various fields introduced the progress of existing cooperation and future development. Lin implied that the existing cooperation servesonly as a beginning, the two universities will continue to support the cooperation and communication between teachers and students.
After the discussing session, Dirks delivered a speech at School of Education. The speech was presided over by honorary president of School of Education PKU, Professor Min Weifang. Dirks urged the importance of cooperation between universities, and illustrated that universities should seek common ground while reserving differences and exploring a wide range of collaborative ways. Besides, he pointed out that online classroom will be an effective complement to physical teaching.
After the speech, Dirks accepted interviewsfrom Peking University student journalists.

Written by:
Liang Youle
Edited by: Wang Chengsiou
Source: PKU news (Chinese)