Chinese Delegation Visits UNIRI
Friday, May 26 2017

A meeting and a reception of the Chinese delegation from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, PRC – the Department of Cultural and Educational Experts, was held on Friday, May 26th, at the University of Rijeka Rectorate. Along with the Madam Rector of the University of Rijeka Professor Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., the reception was attended by Iva Tijan, Head of the International Relations Office.

The guests of the reception were:

H.E. Zhang Jianguo, the Vice-Minister of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China and the Head of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs,

4 directors of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs:
Mr. Xu Haoqing, the General Manager of the Department for Economic and Technical Experts
Mr. Nie Biao, the General Director of the Department for Cultural and Educational Experts
Mr. Cuan Haichun, Division Chief, the Director of the Planning Unit, the Department of Cultural and Educational Experts
Ms. Shi Mainan, the Director of the General Secretariat of the General Affairs Department of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

and Croatian-Chinese Friendship Society Rijeka:
Vesna Lukanović, Vice-President,
Mirjana Banic, Vice-President,
Vedran Tripković, Secretary,
Ivo Zrilić, Treasurer,
Josip Rupčić, Member;
headed by Professor Emeritus Ante Simonić, former Croatian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, accompanied by Ms. Rita Zhao Simonić as a translator and official delegation member.

Views and experiences were exchanged at the meeting along discussions looking into former and future cooperation between Chinese and Croatian higher education institutions. The University of Rijeka has concluded Agreements of Cooperation with the Hong Kong-based University Lingnan (2017), Shenyang Jianzhu University (2010), Beijing University Health Science Center (2009), along with the Memorandum of Understanding with the Henan Polytechnic University of Jiaozuo Province (2011), along with the negotiations on a recent realization of cooperation with the Beijing Institute of Technology. H.E. Zhang Jianguo continued on the cooperation between Croatia and the Chinese Government through the concluded Programme of Cooperation in the cultural area between the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Government of the People's Republic of China for the years 2016 - 2020 which was signed in April 2016.

Rijeka's achievements were highlighted, such as the fact that Rijeka is the European Capital of Culture 2020. The development plans of expansion and the opening of the new Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka - STEPRI 2 was discussed, while Madam Rector also presented the Centre for Translational Medical Research - TransMedRi. Likewise, a broad spectrum of cultural, sports and economic links were discussed as collaboration possibilities. Madam Rector pointed out that we as the Rijeka Academic Community are the 3rd generation University, that is, we are a link between science, economy, local community and administration where the synergy of culture, science, economics and education has been achieved.

After H.E. Zhang Jianguo wrote in the Book of Honorary Guests, the representatives of the University of Rijeka and the Chinese delegation exchanged gifts, with the proposal of hosting Professor Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., Madam Rector of the University of Rijeka in the People's Republic of China, with the intent and purpose of further negotiations on possible development of academic, cultural, and business cooperation.

Translation: Erna Halilović, International Office Intern                                                                                                                                                                                      
English Language Editor for UNIRI: Iva Tijan, Head of International Office

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