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The China-US Universities Astronomy Collaboration Summit, with the theme “Our Universe, a World without Boundaries”, was held in Beijing on June 7, 2016.
The Summit was co-organized by the Chinese Scholarship Council, Peking University, University of California, Santa Barbara and University of California, Santa Cruz. It is one of the series of educational exchange activities of the Seventh Conference of China-US High-Level Consultation on the People-to-People Exchange (CPE), which was attended by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and US Secretary of State John Kerry on the morning of June 7, 2016, at the National Museum.
Senior leaders of the participating universities, as well as officials from the China Scholarship Council, attended the summit, including Henry Yang, Chancellor of UC Santa Barbaba，Robert Bley-Vroman, Chancellor of University of Hawaii at Manoa, Reed Dasenbrock, Vice Chancellor of University of Hawaii at Manoa, Tyrus Miller, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies of UC Santa Cruz, Liu Jinghui, Secretary-General of China Scholarship Council, Lin Jianhua, President of Peking University, Chen Jun, President of Nanjing University, Peter William Mathieson, President of Hong Kong University, Wu Yueliang, Vice President of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Huang Zhen, Vice President of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhou Zuoyu, Vice President of Beijing Normal University, Ma Jun, Vice President of Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhan Xinli, Vice President of Xiamen University, Han Shenghao, Vice President of Shandong University, and Jiang Zhihong, Vice President of Macau University of Science and Technology.
During the Summit, a new astronomy collaboration program MoU between China and US were signed by Liu Jinghui, Secretary-General of China Scholarship Council, Henry Yang, Chancellor of UC Santa Barbaba and Robert Bley-Vroman, Chancellor of University of Hawaii at Manoa, representing universities from China and the US.
The Summit was hosted by Wang Jie, Vice President of Peking University. It included the exchange of ideas and discussion on collaborations between China and the US universities, the collaborations between universities and national institutes, as well as astronomy collaborations in the context of the Thirty-Meter Telescope.
The collaboration program is designed to promote research exchanges in astronomy between Chinese and US universities. The collaboration program, at full-strength, will involve the exchange of literally dozens of astronomers from undergraduate to senior levels.
Highlights from a Peking University perspective include:
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the Seventh Conference of China-US High-Level Consultation on the People-to-People Exchange (CPE).
Lin Jianhua, President of Peking University , gave a welcome speech at the Summit.
Henry Yang, Chancellor of UC Santa Barbaba, gave a welcome speech at the Summit.
Luis C. Ho, Director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, gave a speech on “The Status of Chinese Astronomy”.
Alex Filippenko, Professor, UC Berkeley, gave a speech on “Accelerating Expansion of the Universe”.
Edward Stone, Vice Provost for Special Projects of Caltech, gave a public talk at Peking University on “Voyager in Interstellar Space and The Universe in High Definition”.
Welcome reception at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, peking University.
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