Greater opportunities for in-depth collaboration were the focus of talks between the President of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Zhejiang University (ZJU) during a visit to ZJU on 19 May.
In their meeting, Professor Way Kuo and Professor Lin Jianhua, ZJU President, gave an update on the latest developments of their respective universities, in particular in the area of veterinary medicine in which both universities have consolidated partnerships recently with prestigious overseas institutions.
ZJU, which already has long-standing partnerships with CityU in the area of student exchanges, has established institutional agreements with the University of Alberta, Canada and Purdue University, US, while CityU continues to work closely with Cornell University, US.
During his visit, Professor Kuo also delivered a talk titled “Way of university education: integration of teaching and research” as part of a lecture series under the ZJU Morningside Cultural China Scholars Programme.
Professor Kuo shared with ZJU students his views on the integration of and complementary relationship between teaching and research. He said there were four types of universities—liberal arts universities, professional schools, comprehensive universities and specialised universities—each of which possesses elements of teaching and research.
As such, universities should not be categorised simply as either “research” or “teaching”. Promoting the integration of teaching and research and creating an academic environment that enhances such integration are fundamental strategies for developing university education, he added.
Accompanying Professor Kuo to ZJU were Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Vice-President (Student Affairs), and Dr David Cheng Xing, Associate Vice-President (Mainland and External Affairs). They met with ZJU students to share their views and experience on such topics as the passion for learning and building self-confidence and professionalism.