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Vice President Weitao Zheng meets with Prof. Gregory F. Ball, Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland, U.S. and his entourage

27, Jan, 2019 Office of Global Engagement 157


On January 22, Vice President of Jilin University Weitao Zheng met with Professor Gregory F. Ball, Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland, and Professor Mengxue Li, Assistant Dean for International Affairs and Director of the Office of International and Executive Programs. The head of International Cooperation and Exchanges Office accompanied them to the meeting.

 

Weitao Zheng first welcomed Professor Gregory F. Ball and his entourage to Jilin University. He introduced the development course of Jilin University and various measures for the construction of “Double First-class.” He said that Jilin University has unique characteristics and fruitful achievements in the field of humanities and social sciences, and the cooperation between the two universities has broad prospects. He expressed the hope that the two universities would further expand their fields of cooperation and carry out various forms of substantive cooperation and exchanges in the future.

Professor Gregory F. Ball expressed his gratitude to Jilin University for its hospitality and briefed on the development status and predominant disciplines of  University of Maryland and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He said that during the visit they would discuss and confirm matters regarding the joint student training programs and the short-term exchange programs with a number of colleges of Jilin University, and it was hoped to further expand the cooperation between the two universities in various areas including joint scientific research and teacher training.

 

During the visit, Professor Gregory F. Ball and his entourage held work meetings with relevant heads of many colleges such as School of Law, School of Economics, Business School, School of Public Administration, and that of Office of Global Engagement. They further discussed the details of the joint student training programs and the short-term exchange programs, and reached consensus on strengthening academic ties, conducting cooperative scientific research, visiting universities by young scholars, and promoting the joint training of high-level talents.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, U.S. is a public research university, ranking 51st in the 2019 U.S. News Best Global Universities. The university has cultivated 6 Nobel laureates, 15 Pulitzer Prize winners and 60 academicians of the National Academy of Sciences. The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland ranks 2nd in the United States and is one of the colleges which are the strongest, most multidisciplinary, and best in teaching and research at  University of Maryland. Its Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has ranked 1st in the United States for many years in a row. Its Geoscience (U.S. News world ranking No. 14 in 2019, the same below), Physics (15), Environmental Studies and Ecology (23), Economics and Business (31), Social Sciences and Public Health (53), Plant and Animal Sciences (60) are all among the best in the United States.