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NSFC Vice President Meets with the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science


Vice President Liu Congqiang met with a UK delegation headed by Mr. David Willetts, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, on December 2, 2013, and signed the Agreement for Strategic Biennial Meeting Programme between National Natural Science Foundation of China and Research Councils UK.

After Prof. Liu’s welcome remarks, both sides reviewed the achievements and prospects of the cooperation between NSFC and UK partners. Mr. Willetts expressed his support to the S&T cooperation between UK and China and encouragement to NSFC and RCUK for extending the cooperation in more fields. Prof. Liu Congqiang and Prof. Paul Boyle, ESRC Chief Executive and RCUK International Champion, signed on the Agreement for Strategic Biennial Meeting Programme on behalf of NSFC and RCUK, respectively. According to the agreement, the two organizations will hold a strategic meeting every two years to systematically review bilateral cooperation and make strategic planning for future cooperation. 

Other members of the delegation included Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Ms. Holly White, Science and Innovation Counsellor of the British Embassy in Beijing, Grace Lang and Phil Holliday, Acting Director and Deputy Director of RCUK China.

Prof. Meng Xianping, Director General of the Bureau of Planning, Prof. Feng Feng, Director General and Prof. Lu Rongkai, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of International Cooperation, Prof. Li Ming, Executive Deputy Director General of the Department of Engineering and Material Sciences, Prof. Zheng Yonghe, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Policy, and Prof. Meng Qingguo, Deputy Director General of the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences attended the meeting.

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