Yale, Fudan launch centers
( 2003-11-12 09:23) (eastday.com)
Yale University, a prestigious United States-based school, has stepped up collaboration with China's educational institutions by establishing two centers in cooperation with Shanghai's Fudan University.
Designed to conduct long-distance teaching programs that will be shared by the two universities, the Fudan-Yale Center for Education Cooperation was opened on Monday.
The center will invite renowned scholars to give lectures and arrange exchanges and training of teachers and students of the two schools.
Meanwhile, the Fudan-Yale Biomedical Research Center, aimed at enhancing cooperation in the biological and medical fields, was also set up.
Construction of the research center, covering 10,000 square meters, is expected to be completed before 2005.
Richard Levin, president of Yale, said the university's 17 faculties and colleges had established cooperative links with 45 colleges, universities or research institutes in 16 Chinese mainland cities, with jointly sponsored research fields ranging from Shanghai's stock market to the history of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the last dynasty of imperial China.
Levin said well-established student exchanges had become a cornerstone of Sino-US relations.
Yale and Fudan were negotiating cooperation programs in sectors like public health, law and management, he added.
"The 300 Chinese students currently in residence play a great role in Yale," Levin said.
Yale was proud of being the alma mater of Yung Wing, the first Chinese student sent to the US to receive a college education in Yale in 1854.
Chinese students presently contributed far more to Yale than their forerunners, Levin said.
Chinese students accounted for 17 percent of the total foreign students at
Yale, and in the US one in 10 foreign students was a
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