On May 10, His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada, visited the University of Alberta.
During meetings with Provost and Vice-President Mr. Carl G. Amrhein and Vice President Dr. Lorne Babiuk, Ambassador Zhang said that scientific research and education cooperation are an important part of China-Canada partnership that have huge potential. Alberta is one of the top 100 universities worldwide. He is ready to facilitate closer cooperation between the University of Alberta and more universities in China.
Provost Amrhein warmly greeted Ambassador Zhang and briefed him about the University’s advantageous disciplines and joint research efforts with China’s research institutions and universities.
The two sides then exchanged views on ways to enhance cooperation in the next stage.
During a meeting with Chinese scholars of the University, Ambassador Zhang briefly covered the status quo of China-Canada relations and heard their views and suggestions on how to strengthen China-Canada educational and scientific exchange. Ambassador Zhang hoped that they will give full play to their unique strengths and make greater contribution to China-Canada scientific and educational partnership.
Ambassador Zhang later toured the Centre for Oil Sands Innovation (COSI) of the University and accepted an interview by Omni Television.
Ambassador Zhang was accompanied by Mme Liu Yongfeng, Chinese Consul-General in Calgary, Mr. Jiang Shan, Commercial and Economic Minister Counselor and Mr. Chen Wenshen, Educational Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.