On April 12th, a delegation headed by Vice Chancellor Tim Wheeler and Business Research Institute Executive Director Phil Harris of the University of Chester visited Shaanxi Normal University.
They were received by SNNU president You Xuqun and vice president Ren Xiaowei at the Administration Building on Chang’an campus.
You Xuqun welcomed the guests and briefed them about the university. He said that British Higher Education was renowned for its high quality and its emphasis on undergraduate education and practice in undergraduate tutorial system were valuable experience for other universities. He added that the similarity between the two institutions in aspects such as school history and disciplinary settings laid a foundation for cooperation, which he hoped could begin with education and psychology and then extend to other areas.
Tim Wheeler said that the University of Chester was the first teacher education higher institution in the U.K. and education and psychology were well-established subjects.
He added that the 2000-year old Roman city of Chester and the ancient capital city of Xi’an were platforms for various exchange and cooperative programmes, and hoped the two institutions would cooperate in faculty and student exchange, undergraduate overseas intern programmes, academic research, and joint international conferences.
After the meeting, the British guests visited the SNNU Museum of Education and the Ministry of Education Engineering Research Centre of Historical and Cultural Heritage Protection at SNNU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering.