Professor Barney Glover, vice-chancellor and president of Western Sydney University, led a delegation to visit Beijing International Studies University (BISU) on Oct 24. Ji Jinbiao, deputy secretary of the CPC BISU Committee and president of the university, met with the delegation. The two parties held talks on cooperation and signed an agreement on student exchange between the two universities. Zheng Chengjun, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC BISU Committee and vice-president of the university, joined the meeting.
Ji (right) meets with the delegation led by Glover.
Ji welcomed Glover and his delegation. He noted that Western Sydney University, though with a short history, has made remarkable progress, reflecting its leaders' great capacity. He emphasized BISU's great emphasis on international exchanges and cooperation and its focus on both inbound and outbound students. Among BISU's over 180 foreign partner institutions, three of them are from Australia. Western Sydney University becomes BISU's fourth partner institution in Australia. It is hoped that after signing the cooperation agreement the two universities' collaboration will enter a substantive stage.
The meeting between the two sides
Glover briefed the overall situation of the university and shared significant development data. Established in 1989, Western Sydney University has expanded rapidly in 34 years, with 13 campuses and 50,000 students, including 7,000 international students. It has been named number one in the world for its commitment to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings for two years consecutively. These achievements are a result of the university's dedication to international cooperation. BISU is one of its important partners. He hopes that the two universities will continue to explore areas and deepen the levels of cooperation.
Zheng expressed his appreciation for the cooperation between the two universities. He stated that he would strongly support further communication between relevant faculties of both universities to broaden the scope of cooperation.
Presidents of the two universities sign the cooperation agreement.
Finally, the two universities' presidents jointly signed the cooperation agreement. Leaders of the universities and several departments also attended the meeting.
A lecture about subtitle translation was held after the meeting. With rich examples, the lecture equipped audiences with many translation strategies and broadened their horizons.