On November 25th, representatives from Jilin University attended Germany-China Forum for Higher Education, Science and Innovation hosted by Free University of Berlin (Freie Universitat Berlin). Around 300 representatives from both the Ministry of Education in China and Germany and from nearly 60 higher education institutions conducted profound discussions on the two themes of the forum, namely “Marching toward Academic Double First-Rate (world-class university and world-class discipline)” and “Challenges and Opportunities of Chinese and German University Collaboration”. Vice Premier of the State Council Liu Yandong attended the Forum and delivered a keynote speech.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong says at present development of China faces the arduous tasks of shift in driving force, mode transformation and structural adjustment.
The Chinese government puts education and innovation at the heart of development, regards talents as the prioritized recourse to support development and considers innovation as the first and foremost driving force of development and the “golden key” to break limitations in economic growth and opening up future growth potentials, hence vigorously implementing the innovation-driven development strategy. The complementarity of innovation cooperation between both countries far outweighs the competitiveness, thus leaving huge potential for future cooperation. Joining efforts for innovation and promoting common development is the consensus reached by both Chinese and German leaders. Both sides should join hands to promote innovative development and fire up the “innovation engine” of the global economy. Both sides should deepen China-Germany innovation policy dialogues, strengthen top-level design, facilitate the docking of development strategies, promote policy coordination and establish common platforms. The two sides should guide practical cooperation in innovation, enhance cooperation in such fields as advanced manufacturing, new energy, semiconductor lighting, new energy vehicles, rail transit, biotechnology, next-generation information technology and the internet of things and explore third-party markets together. Both countries should promote the in-depth development of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen communication and cooperation in areas including education, science and technology, culture, sports and healthcare, and support cooperation in innovation and entrepreneurship between young peoples. The two sides should make concerted efforts to cope with challenges faced by mankind, encourage and promote collaborations between higher education institutions and research institutions of both countries so as to deal with global challenges including climate change, major diseases, epidemics prevention and control, food safety, resource conservation and environment protection, and jointly implement the innovation blueprint made during the G20 Summit. It is hoped that higher education institutions, research institutions and enterprises of both sides can closely cooperate and make new contributions to the innovation progresses of both countries and the development of China-Germany all-round strategic partnership.
In the Forum, Dr. Zhang Guangcui, Director of the Office of Global Engagement, Jilin University held talks and communications with presidents and representatives from University of Munich, Free University of Berlin, University of Marburg, Hochschule Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and Clausthal University of Technology.
Before the Forum, the JLU delegation led by Zhang Guangcui visited Technische Universität Berlin. They had a work meeting with Evelina Skurski, Director of Section Scientific Cooperation and Strategic Partnerships of International Affairs Office. The two parties discussed particularly on pragmatic programs concerning discipline collaboration in science and engineering, faculty exchanges and research cooperation and reached consensus.