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ENS Lyon President on trip to China

Official visit

Published on : June 30, 2015
J-F. Pinton, Qian Yunhua et Chen Qun - Chine juin 2015
From left to right: Chen Qun, President of East China Normal University (ECNU), Qian Yunhua, former coordinator of the Program of Sino-French Education for Research (PROSFER), Jean-François Pinton, President of Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon (ENS Lyon).

ENS Lyon President Jean-François Pinton and Khaled Bouabdallah, President of the University of Lyon, were part of a delegation led by Mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb that travelled around China from June 20 to 27. The delegation of about 50 figures from the political, economic, cultural and academic fields made stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

The trip included a visit of the UMI E2P2L laboratory in China, a lab dedicated to renewable and sustainable chemistry under the umbrella of ENS Lyon. Mr. Collomb also awarded Qian Yunhua the insignia of "Officer of the Order of the Academic Palms", a prestigious distinction for her 15 years of work towards developing and promoting the Program of Sino-French Education for Research (PROSFER), a joint graduate program between ECNU and the ENS schools in France.

Some 400 people attended the event, which was organized by Only Lyon. Among them were former PhD students of the PROSFER program as well as several ENS Lyon students currently studying in Shanghai.

Eager to set up new cooperation agreements, Jean-François Pinton and Jean-Louis Duclos, ENS Lyon Director of international affairs, visited Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou as well as Fudan University in Shanghai, with which ENS Lyon has already set up student exchanges and research agreements.

Additional partnership agreements were signed: a framework agreement between Jiao Tong University and the University of Lyon, as well as a deal between the New Lyon Sino-French Institute and Yishu8 in Beijing, ECNU in Shanghai and Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou.

Remise des insignes à Mme Qian Yunhua - juin 2015
Mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb awards Qian Yunhua the insignia of "Officer of the Order of Academic Palms" for her work towards Sino-French academic cooperation

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