On the afternoon of October 21st, Charles Esimone, Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria, visited Xiamen University and Zhang Yan, Chairman of Xiamen University Council, had a friendly meeting with him.
Zhang Yan extended a warm welcome to Charles Esimone and briefed him on the general information of Xiamen University, including its history, disciplinary construction, comprehensive strength, and international exchanges. He said that Xiamen University has always attached great importance to international exchange and cooperation and has established partnerships with many universities worldwide as internationalization is deemed as a fundamental development strategy. He also said that the two sides should, on the basis of collaboration in the construction of the Confucius Institute, further expand exchange and cooperation in such areas as talent cultivation, mutual teachers visits, and joint scientific research and cultivate a partnership that will result in mutual benefits and win-win cooperation on an equal footing. He also hoped that more positive contributions will be made to the development of China-Africa relations and the Belt and Road Initiative through friendly exchanges between the two sides.
Before the meeting, Charles Esimone also paid a visit to the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Xiamen University and talked with its college faculty members and students. He expressed his sincere thanks to Xiamen University for its warm reception and his deep appreciation for its achievements in scientific research. He said that Xiamen University ’s experience in school operation was worth learning. He hoped that the two sides could establish a long-term strategic partnership, explore the competitive advantages of both sides, strengthen cooperation in disciplinary construction, exchange of teachers and students, and scientific research projects and strive to enhance the international impact of the two universities.
Also present at the meeting were Tan Shaobin, Assistant to the President, Mao Tongwen, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Office of Confucius Institute Affairs, and Yu Hongbo, Deputy Director General of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange. After the meeting, both parties took a group photo.
About Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Nnamdi Azikiwe University was founded in 1992 and named after the first president of Nigeria. It is a renowned key university under the Federal Government of Nigeria and one of the top universities in Nigeria. The university has two campuses, Awka and Nnewi, with 21,000 students and 721 full-time faculty members. The university has 14 faculties, including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Arts, the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, the Department of Biosciences, the Department of Education, the Department of Engineering, the Department of Environmental Sciences, the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, the Department of Law, the Department of Management Sciences, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences.