Date: June 21, 2016
Source: Office of International Exchange and Cooperation
Author: Li Xinran
Professor Evans Carula, director of the International Office of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa and former chairman of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), visited JNU on June 20 to negotiate an exchange agreement and other cooperation. He met with Lin Rupeng, secretary of the party committee, and principals from the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation, the International School, the School of International Studies and the Law School.
(Secretary Lin Rupeng meeting with Professor Evans Carula)
Lin extended a warm welcome and said JNU’s Confucius Institute in South Africa is growing rapidly, as are exchanges between JNU and universities in South Africa. He said universities from both sides are visiting each other more frequently and may explore further cooperation in fields beyond Chinese majors. As China and South Africa enhance economic and trade ties, he said, cooperation between universities will prompt cultural, educational and personnel exchanges as well as mutual trust, thus establishing a sustainable Sino-South African relationship.
Carula presented a warm welcome JNU delegate who will visit UCT in July to carry out targeted interdisciplinary dialogue. He said China and South Africa are both BRICS countries (a group of developing countries that takes its name from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries with close economic and trade contacts. In addition, sharing a sound basis for cooperation, the two universities have great potential in teacher-student relationships and cooperation on science and research. Carula also said his visit could improve mutual trust and develop substantive cooperation.
Founded in 1839, UCT is the oldest university and academic research center in Africa and has nurtured three Nobel Prize winners. It enjoys a good academic reputation, ranking among the top 200 universities in QS and the Times higher education world university rankings.