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SUSTech and UEA to Establish Close Partnership in Environmental Sciences

2016-10-24
In August 2016, President Shiyi Chen led a SUSTech delegation to the United Kingdom and visited five well-known universities in the UK, including the University of East Anglia (UEA).  Professor Chunmiao Zheng, Dean of the SUSTech School of Environmental Science and Engineering, was one of the delegates on the UK trip.  During the visit to UEA, Professor Zheng gave a presentation to and held wide-ranging discussions with the faculty of the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA.  
 
 Symposium with UEA
 
On October 13-14, a delegation from the UEA led by Professor Philip Gilmartin, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, paid a reciprocal visit to the SUSTech to follow up on the many ideas of collaboration discussed during President Chen’s trip.  Professor Kevin Hiscock, Head of the School of Environmental Sciences, Professor Alastair Grant, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Sciences, and several other guests visited the SUSTech School of Environmental Science and Engineering.  They participated in a joint symposium in environmental sciences and held discussions with Dean Chunmiao Zheng, Associate Dean Youkuan Zhang and several faculty members including Professors Junguo Liu, Yan Zheng, Hailong Li and Sujong Jeong.  A consensus emerged from the discussions that both sides shall work closely to collaborate on joint Ph.D. training, faculty research visits, and undergraduate exchanges.  
       
Professor from UEA
 
The two schools of environment will start immediately to advertise the SUSTech-UEA joint Ph.D. program in environmental sciences and admit qualified students globally.  The first group of incoming Ph.D. students are expected to enroll in 2017. Each student will have faculty co-advisors from SUSTech and UEA, respectively.  The faculty co-advisors from the both sides will form a close partnership.  In addition to advising the Ph.D. candidates, they will conduct collaborative research projects and prepare joint grant applications through sabbatical leaves and summer visits.  Other activities, such as undergraduate exchanges and joint research centers, are being considered and actively pursued.  Both sides are excited about the close partnership and believe the collaboration will be highly productive and fruitful.
    
 
About UEA School of Environmental Sciences
 
The UEA School of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established, largest and most fully-developed institutions of its kind anywhere in the world. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017.  The work at the School is recognized both nationally and internationally for its pioneering approach to interdisciplinary environmental sciences.  The School is home to five research centers and groups, including the world renowned Climatic Research Unit and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Other research strengths include water resources, natural hazards, sustainability, and global carbon cycle.  The School and Tyndall Centre have a faculty of over 60.  In 2014 and 2015, the faculty published 525 peer-reviewed journal articles, 25 of which appeared in leading journals including  Science, Nature, Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change.
 
25 of these were in top-ranking journals Science, Nature, Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change
 
About the SUSTech School of Environment
 
The SUSTech School of Environmental Science and Engineering was established in 2015 to advance deeper scientific understanding of environmental problems and develop comprehensive engineering approaches to environmental protection. The School is comprised of five academic units: Water Science and Technology, Soil Science and Remediation, Atmospheric Environment, Industrial Ecology, and Global Environmental Change and Management. The School is recruiting an outstanding faculty globally. Current faculty members include five recipients of the national “1000 Talents Program”, two recipients of the NSFC “Outstanding Young Investigator Program” , and two recipients of the NSFC “Excellent Young Investigator Program”.