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President Yang Meets with WUN Executive President John Hearn


NSFC President Yang Wei met with the delegation led by Prof. John Hearn, Executive President of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), on Dec. 9th, 2013. The meeting was chaired by NSFC Vice President Liu Congqiang.

President Yang extended his welcome to Prof. Hearn as well as his delight in learning that 3 universities from China had joined WUN. He expressed his confident that the Chinese universities are sure to benefit from the WUN framework by broadening cooperation in scientific research with other WUN members and their networks. Prof. John Hearn expressed his appreciation to President Yang for hosting the WUN delegation, and briefed on the operation of WUN and admittance mechanism. Prof. Hearn hopes that WUN could expand its Chinese partnership and launch substantial joint research activities with its collaborators in China.

Vice President Liu Congqiang briefed the delegation on NSFC’s profile and latest progresses, with a special emphasis on the proposal application, review, funding and follow-up management of the funding instruments of the Major International Joint Research Program and the Research Fund for International Young Scientists.

Views were also exchanged on topics concerning future bilateral cooperation. Participants in the meeting also included Prof. Zou Liyao, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of International Cooperation, and Prof. Zheng Yonghe, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Planning, etc.

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