Year 2018 News
The 2018 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures&UK-China Partnership Forum in Thermoelectrics for Clean Energy Was Held in NPU
The 2018 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures & UK-China Partnership Forum in Thermoelectrics for Clean Energy which was jointly hosted by British Embassy, Beijing, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base successfully took place in International Conference Center of NPU on November 5, 2018. More than 50 internationally renowned experts and scholars have delivered academic reports and held in-depth discussions on the topics of thermoelectric materials and clean energy.
The meeting was hosted by Prof. Jie Kong, Dean of QMUL Engineering School, NPU. Vice President Weihong Zhang of NPU attended the meeting and delivered a welcome speech to show appreciation to the prestigious experts and scholars presented. The official operation of QMUL Engineering School, NPU, International Centre for Teaching and Learning (ICTL), NPU-QMUL Joint Research Institute of Advanced Materials and Structures has built a solid foundation for the success of this meeting. And at the times of 80th anniversary of NPU, QMUL and NPU signed the letter of intent for dual master degrees programme. A long-term, systematic and sustainable mechanism of deep cooperation between the two universities has been established in teaching, scientific research, discipline development and other areas.
During the opening ceremony, Professor Vassili Toropov, Vice Chairman of the International Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Chairman of British Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, as well as Professor Maria-Magdalena Titirici, a member of Royal Society of Chemistry, Chief Professor of Sustainable Chemistry of QMUL, were appointed respectively as NPU’s Consultant Professor and Adjunct Professor.
On November 6th, more than 20 professors and experts in advanced materials and structures from QMUL, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Lanzhou University,Central South University,Henan Polytechnic University, University of Chester, Loughborough University and NPU were invited to give presentations and reports on thermoelectric materials and clean energy.
Experts from China and the UK put forward a series of foreword topics and innovative development directions. The meeting provided a new platform for in-depth exchanges and cooperation between China and the UK in the field of advanced materials and thermoelectric clean energy, which would further serve the national development strategies of China and the UK.
在开幕式上，国际结构与多学科优化协会副主席、英国结构与多学科优化协会主席、伦敦玛丽女王大学教授Vassili Toropov和英国皇家化学会会员、伦敦玛丽女王大学可持续材料化学首席教授Maria-Magdalena Titirici从西北工业大学副校长张卫红手中接过聘书，分别受聘为我校顾问教授和讲座教授。
Queen Mary University of London Partner school Northwestern Polytechnical University held a ceremony on October 13 to celebrate its 80th anniversary at Aoxiang Stadium on its Changan Campus in Xi'an. More than 4,500 people gathered for this special occasion, including leaders of the university, distinguished guests from home and abroad, representatives from various areas who have always supported NPU, representatives from the universities at home and abroad, representatives of NPU alumni from home and abroad and the teachers and students currently attending.
President of the Queen Mary University of London as well as the academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prof Colin Beiley also made a speech during the ceremony. He said NPU has become a strategic partner of the Queen Mary University of London with a well-known world reputation in leading scientific research field and education. He hoped to continue further cooperation for future talents, based on co-training mechanism and co-researching between two universities.
International Centre for Teaching and Learning (ICTL) - Teacher and reserch group meeting (JEI - NPU)
On the 22nd Jun 2018, International Centre for Teaching and Learning (ICTL)hosted the research group meeting for teaching research and development centre of NPU and the faculty of science and engineering of the Queen Mary University of London. Dr Gabriel Gavalli Senior lecture of the School of Material science and Engineering, Queen Mary University, London, hosted the conference.
This meeting aims to promote teachers' English teaching ability, improve the quality of English teaching in Class, promote the reform of research teaching mode, and explore new educational teaching ideas and methods.
The Introduction to Chinese Traditional Culture III: Chinese Calligraphy Initiated by QMES Volunteer Team
Recently, QMES volunteer team introduced Chinese calligraphy to our foreign teachers Gabriel, Matt, Alan, Faith, Agne, and Matthew, as well as Executive Vice Dean Andy on the 23rd of May. With their professional explanation and guidance, our foreign teachers had a real taste
of calligraphy and practised it well.
In the beginning, five categories of Chinese traditional calligraphy – Xing, Cao, Zhuan, Li, and Kai were introduced together with tools needed to do the practice. Taking “家” (Jia, family, house) as an example, the development of calligraphy was fully illustrated to our teachers. Getting interested in the art of calligraphy, our teachers have also introduced five representatives of notable calligraphers such as Wang Xizhi and his work Lantingji Xu.
Before getting to practice, the volunteers explained to their teachers how to hold the brush, and how to write horizontal, left-falling, right-falling, turning, hook, raising and dot strokes, which were the elementary components of hanzi (characters). The first practised was “人” (ren, people). Executive Vice Dean Andy showed a great talent in doing calligraphy as he held the brush very professionally. Gabriel wrote wittily, which genuinely reflected his personality. Other teachers were excited to ask the volunteers about the characters they wanted to write. For example, Faith asked how to write “猫” (mao, cat), for she had a lovely cat at home.
The introduction of the session helped our foreign teachers build a deep understanding of Chinese traditional calligraphy and were an effective way to strengthen the tie between teachers and students.
The Introduction to Chinese Traditional Culture II: Myths and Legends Initiated by QMES Volunteer Team
Following the first successful class, the second session-- Myths and Legends class was introduced to QMES teachers, Matt, Alan, Faith, and Agne, as well as Executive Vice Dean Andy on the 18th of April. The Volunteer Team prepared plentiful materials and produced a professional presentation. They introduced all kinds of myths and legends from Pan Gu to Nv Wa, from Houyi and Chang’e to Niulang and Zhinv, and emphasized on the origin and stories of the Journey to the West, as well as Chinese mythical creatures and many vivid videos to explore the extensive and profound Chinese culture to the foreigners.
All the teachers took the class seriously by taking notes and raising the questions that they were interested in and in the end, they expressed the appreciation of the hard work of the volunteer team. The session was ended with lots of laughter and fun.
The success of this session not only introduced the beauty and plenty of Chinese traditional culture but also kept encouraging the Volunteer Team to contribute to the next session.
继第一期课程后，第二期中国传统文化课--中国神话传说如约而至。4月18日，玛丽女王工程学院的执行副院长Andy，PDP老师Matt，以及三位英语老师Alan, Faith 和 Agne应邀加入到了此次课程中。志愿者团队准备了丰富的资料，制作了精美的讲义，从盘古和女蜗的传说开篇，到后羿和嫦娥、牛郎和织女的爱情故事，更重点介绍了西游记的来历和故事，以及许多中国神兽，最后并以生动的视频，向老师们展示了博大精深的中国文化。期间，老师们认真做着笔记，时不时提出感兴趣的问题，课后还对志愿者团队表示衷心感谢，整个课程充满了欢声笑语。
The Volunteer Team of Queen Mary Engineering School (QMES) is initiating a series of classes to introduce five aspects of Chinese traditional culture which contains Chinese Chess, Myths and Legends, Food, Calligraphy and Kung Fu, to QMES teachers in order to help them to understand China better and promote cultural communication. Meanwhile, the confidence to Chinese culture will be also emphasized to the students themselves.
The Volunteer Team held the high enthusiasm in this programme and did a lot of specific preparation before the class, such as collecting the materials, studying on the content, editing the teaching plan and file, purchasing the teaching stuff and even producing the pre-task for the teachers, which is the same way as the one that the teachers give them.
In the Chinese Chess session on the 11th April, our English teachers - Alan, Faith, and Agne from QMES were introduced to the history of Chinese Chess, the pattern of the chessboard and its rules by the Volunteer Team. And then Faith won a souvenir Chinese Chess set because she answered correctly the following quiz. At the end of the session, Alan won the “epic battle” against Faith, which lasts over 2 hours. Agne, who observed the whole battle, described “it is so tense and dead silence in the room”.
From 14th to 15th, April 2018, the Student International Forum organized by Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) was held on Jiang’an Campus, Sichuan University. Led by counsellor Ji Xiao, student representatives Xin Yuepeng, Shi Boning, Sun Yutong, Zhang Xinyue, Lin Wanran, Gong Yuanhao, and Su Shihan were invited to attend the forum on behalf of Queen Mary University of London Engineering School (QMES), Northwestern Polytechnical University.
The Student International Forum was officially opened on the morning of 14th April in the lecture hall of the School of Law, Jiang’an Campus, Sichuan University. Professor Qiu Minjing, Dean of SCUPI, delivered a welcome speech. The forum also invited Professor Paul Woolridge of the University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute to give a keynote speech who shared with the participants the changes and development of language in the times of globalization and internationalization.
During the forum, each delegation gave a presentation on the theme of Student Development in Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institutions. As the only freshman delegation, Xin Yuepeng, Shi Boning, Sun Yutong and Zhang Xinyue ingeniously demonstrated their thinking, learning, and understanding under the Sino-foreign cooperative education environment in the form of scenario dramas. They vividly demonstrated their personal experience and urgent needs of studying at QMES. Their fluent English, confident performance and tacit cooperation won applause from the audience. Professor Qiu Minjing expressed high praise for the unique presentation of our students and encouraged them to make good use of the excellent platform QMES provided to concentrate on learning and strive to become international talents.
The forum provided an opportunity for students from Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institutions to exchange ideas and strengthen their understanding of various joint institutes. Through the forum, students widened their horizons, made new friends, gained new experience, and learned from each other. As students from a newly established Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institution, our delegation showed their confidence and thinking which was recognized and praised. This exchange experience strengthened our students’ confidence in continuously improving their capabilities and encouraged them to strive for a bright future on the international stage.
在学生团队分享环节，各学院代表团进行主题为Student Development in Chinese-Foreign Collaborative Institutions的展示。玛丽女王工程学院作为本次参会唯一的新生代表团，辛月鹏、史博宁、孙雨桐、张馨月四名学生代表，别出心裁以场景剧的形式展现了中外合作办学环境下的所思、所学、所悟、所想，生动地展示出他们在玛丽女王工程学院学习的切身体会与迫切需求。他们流利的口语、自信的表现、默契的配合赢得了全场的掌声。匹兹堡学院邱民京院长对我院学生别出心裁的展示表示高度赞扬，并鼓励同学们利用好玛丽女王工程学院的优质平台，潜心学习，争做国际化人才。
The first meeting of Student-Staff Liaison Committee of Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, NPU was held in March 21st, 2018 in QMES Meeting Room, East Teaching Building A, Chang'an Campus. Chen Jun, Vice Dean and Director of SSLC; Andrew Bushby, Executive Vice Dean and Deputy Director of SSLC attended the meeting. Committee members Shi Xuetao, Zhang Tiebang, Matthew Potter, Gabriel Cavalli, Du Jiannan, Qi Yue, and all student committee members joined the meeting.
The setting and running of SSLC provide a long-term mechanism for effective communication between students and staff. The staff of QMES collected many opinions from students through this meeting. Further improvements and efforts need to be made at next stage.
2018年3月21日，西北工业大学伦敦玛丽女王大学工程学院师生联络委员会（Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Student Staff Liaison Committee）第一次会议在长安校区玛丽女王工程学院会议室展开。学院副院长、师生联络委员会主任陈俊，学院执行副院长、师生联络委员会副主任Andrew Bushby，教师委员史学涛、张铁邦、Matthew Potter、Gabriel Cavalli、杜剑楠、齐玥，及全体学生委员龚元昊、刘扬、李博轩、柳书博、眭雨鹏、杜家宝、宋金铼、刘烨锟、肖紫涵、何沐锟、李子睿、孙致远、蔺琬然、王子航参加了此次会议。