From March 31st to April 6th, Chen Jingying, the Vice President of ECUPL, led a delegation to visit the University of Leeds, the University of Strathclyde, the Irish School of Management, and Dublin City University. Wu Qiaofang, the Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Studies, Ding Yong, the Associate Dean of the International School of Finance and Law, and Lai Jinsheng, the Deputy Director of the International Exchange Center, accompanied her on the visit.
The delegation visited the University of Leeds in the UK for their first stop. Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Professor Jeremy Higham, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, Professor Alastair Mullis, the Dean of the School of Law, and Professor Roger Halson, the Director of International Communication and Globalization Affairs of the School of Law, warmly welcomed the delegation. During the talks between the two parties, Chen Jingying expressed her gratitude to the University of Leeds for its efforts in promoting the joint cultivation of the “Dual Undergraduate Exchange and Study Program of Chinese law and Common Law”, and hoped to seize development opportunities such as promoting the construction of “five centers” in Shanghai and the expansion of the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone. She also hoped to further widen their cooperation into other fields such as academic research, as well as other disciplines and interdisciplinary cooperation besides law. Pro-Vice Chancellor Hai-Sui Yu expressed his approval and support for Chen Jingying’s proposal to establish a comprehensive cooperative relationship between the two universities, and for the signing of an inter-school cooperation agreement. The two parties conducted in-depth discussions on the possibility of cooperation in various aspects. Chen Jingying and Hai-Sui Yu also signed an agreement on the joint teaching of the “Dual Undergraduate Exchange and Study Program of Chinese and Common Law” between the two universities.
The delegation visited the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Professor David Hillier, the Associate Principal, Ms. Michelle Stewart, the Head of International Affairs, and Ms. Helen Templar, the Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Business School, warmly welcomed the delegation and introduced them to the university. Chen Jingying put forward a number of suggestions for the possibility of cooperation between the two institutions, especially pointing out that they could carry out cooperation on leadership training for management cadres, and these suggestions were received positively. Dr. Alan Huang from the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde, Dr. Michael Higgins from the School of Humanities, and Ms. Therese O’Donnell from the School of Law introduced the teaching and research statuses of their respective schools and answered questions from the delegation. Wu Qiaofang had an in-depth discussion with them about the undergraduate dual-degree program held by both universities, which proved beneficial.
Visit to the University of Strathclyde
The group then went to Dublin, Ireland, and visited the Irish Management Institute and Dublin City University. At the Irish Management Institute (IMI), Dr. Simon Boucher, Executive Director of the Academy, and Siobhan McAleer, Director of Business of the Academy, warmly received the delegation and held in-depth discussions on possible cooperation between the two institutions. Chen Jingying introduced ECUPL and spoke of possible cooperation prospects in promoting the integration of education and research for law and business, which aroused great interest and response from the Institute.
At Dublin City University, the delegation was warmly received by Professor Trevor Holmes, the Vice-Chancellor of Foreign Affairs, and Associate Professor Eoin O'Malley of the School of Law and Politics, among others. Professor Holmes explained how the university has developed rapidly in a short time, which Chen Jingying admired, and the two sides had an in-depth discussion on possible future cooperation.
Visit to Dublin City University
During this visit, the delegation also held recruitment presentations for ECUPL at the University of Leeds and the University of Strathclyde. The lecture attracted more than ten PhD students from Leeds, Durham, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Stirling. Chen Jingying talked about the characteristics and development of ECUPL, as well as the positive recruitment measures. The PhD students actively asked questions and submitted their resumes, making the lecture very beneficial.
The Overseas Recruitment Presentation
In recent years, ECUPL has made great efforts to upgrade the level of international exchanges and create cooperation projects, organize existing cooperating institutions, and strive to expand all-round cooperation with high-quality universities overseas. This visit has further deepened the exchanges and cooperation between ECUPL and world-class universities such as the University of Leeds and the University of Strathclyde, and also expanded the cooperation between ECUPL and Irish universities. This is conducive to upgrading ECUPL’s education, promoting the international development of our teaching and research, and serving the establishment of high-level universities and first-class law courses.