Visit by a delegation of 19 representatives from Chinese universities

Université Paris-Sud was visited on 10 November by a high-level national delegation, representing some of the best Chinese universities, including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Lanzhou University, Renmin University of China and Beijing Jiaotong University.


This delegation, made up of 19 Presidents and Directors of Chinese higher education institutions, a representative from the Ministry of Education, and a representative from China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), came to France in order to better understand how French higher education works, and ultimately, to facilitate exchanges between both our countries.

Sylvie Retailleau, the University President, Sandrine Lacombe, Vice-President of International Relations, Etienne Augé, Vice-President of Research and Innovation and Anne Guiochon-Mantel, Vice-President of Education and Student Life, welcomed the members of the delegation on Friday, 10 November.
This meeting helped to strengthen already very strong links with China and to identify common areas of interest. Prof. Liu Zenglu, Vice-President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, reinforced several times, during his speech in French, his attachment to France and his desire to build a partnership in research and education with Université Paris-Sud.

Also, the delegation was particularly interested in the experience of major French universities in terms of quality auditing, and particularly Paris-Sud’s internal quality assurance system, but also by the testimony of Chinese students at Paris Sud: this was the opportunity for Xu Qiu, one of our former doctoral students – funded by a CSC (China Scholarship Council) scholarship and originally from Fudan University – to talk about her experience and attachment to Université Paris-Sud.

The visit programme continued with an informal discussion with several other Chinese students at Paris-Sud, who were present for the occasion, and who could talk about their progress.

Finally, the meeting ended with a visit to some of the University’s iconic sites, from the historic campus in the valley to the new establishments on the Saclay plateau, including the new physics area which will bring all the Laboratories of Excellence in the field together, including those of Université Paris-Sud, along with its partners, such as Ecole Centrale Supélec or ENS Paris-Saclay.

There is longstanding and manifold co-operation between Université Paris-Sud and Chinese universities. In terms of education, numerous partnerships have been set up with major higher education establishments in China, like Fudan in July, or Lanzhou in 2016.

Chinese students represent the largest international student community at Paris-Sud, or more than 15% of international students. Nearly 1 in 10 of Paris-Sud doctoral students is Chinese.