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UVA Vice Provost Visits ECNU


 Jeffrey W. Legro (L4)visits ECNU.

Jeffrey W. Legro, the newly appointed Vice Provost for Global Affairs of the University of Virginia (UVA), USA, and Charles A. Laughlin, director of UVA's East Asia Center, visited ECNU on the morning of January 10. Ren Youqun, Vice President & Vice Chairman of the University Council met the guests.


The cooperation between ECNU and UVA can be traced back to 2002 when the two universities signed an agreement for exchanging undergraduates. In the annually held 8-week Summer Program for learning Chinese,UVA has been sending about 30 teachers and students to visit ECNU each year in the past decade.


Legro sang high praise for the great achievements made in the two universities' cooperation and highlighted that the cooperation project with ECNU was an important part of UVA students' studying abroad project. According to Legro, there is a great cooperation potential between ECNU and UVA in the future as the two universities have such a long-term good relationship of cooperation.


During the talks, both sides also fully exchanged views on the internationalization of universities, fostering of students' international views, as well as the development of new win-win cooperation projects, and achieved agreement on joint-training of PhD candidates and the exchanges of undergraduates and teachers. Legro also expressed great interest in the international cooperation mode of the co-establishment of Shanghai New York University between ECNU and New York University.


Ren Youqun spoke highly of UVA's cooperation project held over 10 years in ECNU as only good project of international cooperation could have such lasting vitality. Ren hoped that the two universities would deepen and enlarge the cooperation between both sides and develop more new cooperation projects in the future.


The University of Virginia (UVA) was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and established in 1819. The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranks the UVA as the 2nd best public university in the United States and the overall 24th best university in the nation, and UVA is the only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.



Written by: Liu Jinyu

East China Normal University