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MU officials sign research agreement with first-tier Chinese university

Photo: Elizabeth Loboa presents and gift to and shakes hands with Huang Ruxin.

MU College of Engineering Dean Elizabeth G. Loboa (right) presents a gift to XMUT Party Secretary Huang Ruxin at a ceremonial signing for a research agreement between the two universities on March 9.

Representatives from the University of Missouri, MU College of Engineering and Xiamen University of Technology (XMUT) met Friday at Memorial Union for a ceremonial signing of a research collaboration agreement between the two entities.

Speakers at the event included MU Provost Garnett Stokes, Interim Vice Chancellor for International Programs Jim Scott, College of Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa and Party Secretary Huang Ruxin.

The partnership is the latest between MU and a highly-regarded Chinese institution. XMUT was recently selected as one of the top 10 fastest rising universities in China, and it is a first-tier university and one of the top institutions in the Fujian Province. XMUT has established more than 20 national- and provincial-level research centers, as well.

“This relationship between the two universities has great potential,” Scott said. “Our goal with this agreement is to encourage research collaborations between our faculties and our students — research across borders, across cultures, across higher education systems.”

“I am excited to see our partnership with XMUT grow,” Stokes added.

Loboa said the values and vision of XMUT line up perfectly with the goals of the College of Engineering, which will make for a terrific collaboration.

“In the College of Engineering, our goal is to become global leaders in research and engineering education through our four pillars of excellence: Educating Engineering Leaders, Big Data Analytics, Biomedical Innovations and Sustainability in food, energy, water, and smart cities,” she said. “Our partnership with Xiamen University of Technology aligns with our vision for the future and will enable us to establish a strategic footprint in China.”

The unique resources that Mizzou has to offer were appealing to XMUT. Mizzou has a bevy of assets, all located on one walkable campus — including colleges and schools of engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, law, arts and science, business and education, as well as the Missouri Innovation Center and the most powerful university research reactor in the country.

“There’s a lot to respect about and we can learn from Mizzou. … We are very excited about this collaboration and research,” Huang said.