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Chinese University Officials visit UC Riverside to Form a Partnership and a New Research Center in Beijing

The result of the visit is a joint Center for Biological Sciences in Beijing

(April 20, 2006)

President Chen Zhangliang of China Agricultural University tests out the turfgrass research at UC Riverside. <br />
photo by Peter PhunEnlarge

President Chen Zhangliang of China Agricultural University tests out the turfgrass research at UC Riverside.
photo by Peter Phun

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- A high-level delegation from the China Agricultural University in Beijing visited UC Riverside in April for tours, dinners and talks. The end result was the signing of an agreement to enlarge a partnership between the two universities to operate a CAU/UCR Center for Biological Sciences, to be located on the premises of CAU, and to focus on plant sciences.

“Our agreement will establish a partnership to develop collaborative programs and research in the areas of biological sciences and biotechnology,” said Charles Louis, UCR’s vice chancellor for research. “It will lead to the establishment of international research groups, facilitating the exchange of faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students between CAU and UCR to collaborate on research and training efforts under the auspices of the Center.”

This is not the first connection, however. Chancellor France Córdova gave a keynote speech in the fall at CAU. Also, several UCR faculty members already have collaborative research relationships with CAU, including professors Jian-Kang Zhu, Zhenbiao Yang, Brian Federici, Robert Krieger, and others.

“Many of these relationships were born out of a CAU-UCR conference held here in Riverside in September 2000, organized by Professor Federici,” said Jack Azzaretto, UCR’s vice chancellor for public service and international programs.

The visiting delegation included CAU President Chen Zhangliang, Vice President Sun Qixin and Gong Zhizhong, dean of the CAU College of Biological Sciences. They toured the campus, and meet with Chancellor Córdova and individual faculty members during a two-day visit April 11 and 12.

A memorandum of understanding that outlines the agreement was signed at a dinner held Wednesday, April 12.
UCR Chancellor France Cordova and President Chen Zhangliang of China Agricultural University sign an agreement to pursue a joint Center for Biological Sciences. Photo by Michael J. EldermanEnlarge

UCR Chancellor France Cordova and President Chen Zhangliang of China Agricultural University sign an agreement to pursue a joint Center for Biological Sciences. Photo by Michael J. Elderman

All the participants gather around the signing table, left to right: Jack Azzaretto, UCR’s Vice Chancellor of Public Service and International Programs; Jian-Kang Zhu, UCR professor of Plant Cell Biology; CAU Dean Dr. Zhizong Gong; Chancellor France Córdova; CAU Vice President Sun Qixin; UCR Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ellen Wartella; CAU President Chen Zhangliang; Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Steven Angle; UCR Vice Chancellor of Administration Al Diaz; UCR Director of Undergraduate Research at the College of Engineering Christian Foster; and Assistant Chancellor Cindy Giorgio.Enlarge

All the participants gather around the signing table, left to right: Jack Azzaretto, UCR’s Vice Chancellor of Public Service and International Programs; Jian-Kang Zhu, UCR professor of Plant Cell Biology; CAU Dean Dr. Zhizong Gong; Chancellor France Córdova; CAU Vice President Sun Qixin; UCR Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ellen Wartella; CAU President Chen Zhangliang; Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Steven Angle; UCR Vice Chancellor of Administration Al Diaz; UCR Director of Undergraduate Research at the College of Engineering Christian Foster; and Assistant Chancellor Cindy Giorgio.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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