On May 25, Zheng Weitao, Vice President of Jilin University was invited to attend the 2016 Aoshan Euro-Asia Technology Forum and 3rd Annual Conference for the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities (ASRTU), and delivered a speech. He introduced cooperation and exchanges between Jilin University and Russian universities and research institutes, and pointed out that China-Russia cooperation on education, science and research was at a sound period of opportunity. Universities of the two countries have built diverse cooperation platforms at various levels in many disciplines, conducted various cooperation programs, and made stunning progress. In the future, Chinese and Russian universities need to further strengthen sharing of higher-education resources, advance transnational flow and joint training of talents, enhance innovation and industry-university-research cooperation, and pay more attention to collaborate with world-class universities and other transnational education associations. In this way, they can be engaged in international cooperation and competition, realize leapfrog development, and work together to march forward to become the first-rank universities around the world.
During the Forum, Zheng Weitao also exchanged views with delegates from Russian universities, including St Petersburg Institute of Information Technology, Mechanical and Optical University, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, North-Eastern Federal University, Perm National Research Polytechnic University, and Moscow Power Engineering Institute, on research cooperation, discipline building, excellence training, and exchanges of teachers and students. Related staff from Division of International Cooperation and Exchanges of Jilin University attended these activities.
The 2016 Aoshan Euro-Asia Technology Forum and 3rd Annual Conference for the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities (ASRTU), co-hosted by the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities and Qingdao Municipal Government, aimed at promoting Euro-Asia connection in science and technologies, developing bilateral and multilateral science cooperation modes, nurturing trans-regional strategic and emerging industries, enhancing international transfer and achievement transformation of technologies, and ensuring science and innovation to become the important power to lead new normals of economic development. Presidents from nearly 50 members of the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities, leaders from related government agencies of China and Russia, and over 200 representatives from Chinese renowned venture capital enterprises attended this Forum. Declaration of Aoshan Euro-Asia Technology Forum was adopted.
The Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities, jointly launched by Harbin Institute of Technology and Bauman Moscow State Technical University, aims to assemble Sino-Russian elite technical universities, foster personnel of high quality, promote Sino-Russian talents communication and scientific cooperation, and accelerate the mutual development of innovative economy. After 5 years of rapid development, ASRTU now has 21 universities from China, 22 from Russia, and 5 observers. Jilin University joined ASRTU in 2014. Up till now, Jilin University has 6 Russian cooperation partners from ASRTU, and has been engaged in various forms of in-depth practical cooperation and communication with them.