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VP Liu Meets with CONICYT President Budinich


NSFC Vice President Liu Congqiang met with CONICYT President Mateo Budinich Diez on December 3, 2013. Professor Liu expressed his welcome to President Budinich’s visit to NSFC, and gave an overview introduction and new development of NSFC. He pointed out that, although NSFC had yet to establish a formal bilateral relationship with countries in South America, in recent years, it had seen increasing numbers of exchange visits and deepening communication between the two sides, which enhanced mutual understanding and laid sound foundation for formal partnerships.

President Budinich expressed his thanks to Professor Liu for meeting with the CONICYT delegation and introduced the CONICYT and its program portfolio. Professor Budinich said that CONICYT attached great importance to international collaboration and CONICYT is now expanding its involvement with collaboration in Asia. CONICYT has recently made its progress in collaborating with the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences on a series of scientific activities, such as holding bilateral workshops and co-funding research centers.

Talking about future collaboration, both sides believed that NSFC and CONICYT shared much similarities in their funding activities and operation mechanisms and reached consensus to work together for the establishment of a formal partnership. Priorities of future collaboration were also discussed during the discussion.

Professor Zou Liyao, Deputy Director-General and others from the Bureau of International Cooperation attended the meeting.

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