On Monday 26 November 2018, the Chinese Embassy in Brussels hosted a reception to officially launch the "Photo Exhibition on the Achievements of China-Belgium S & T Cooperation".
The Chinese Embassy organized this event on the occasion of the visit of a high level delegation from the Ministry of Science and Technology headed by H.E. Mr. ZHANG Jianguo, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (PR China). They wanted to show that, since the signing of the agreement for cooperation between Belgium and China almost 40 years ago, the cooperation has continued to boost.
The Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Cao Zhongming, stated as follows: "Although Belgium as a country is small in surface and population, they are one of the key players in the field of technology."
With a group of 25 students and professors, Ghent University was well represented on this event. Out of the total of 30 posters, 13 presentations were submitted by Ghent University and were putting the spotlight on the activities in the framework of some of our prestigious projects with China such as INPAC, coordinated by Zhang Wei-Hong of the ICRH, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and of some of the Joint Laboratories that Ghent University has with specific partner universities in China. Four from the six initiators of a Joint Lab were present together with some of their Chinese and Belgian doctoral and postdoctoral students:
- Prof. Sarah De Saeger, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences representing her " SIBS-UGENT-SJTU Joint Laboratory of Mycotoxin Research " with the Key Laboratory of Food Safety Research, Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Prof. Philippe De Maeyer, Faculty of Sciences who was showcasing his Sino-Belgian Joint Laboratory for Geo-Information with the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences (XIEG, CAS)
- Prof. Ludwig Cardon, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture who could draw some attention to his " Joint Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) " Sichuan University
- Prof. Guy Smagghe, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, who did not have a poster in this exhibition as the agreement for his " International Joint Laboratory on Sino-Belgium sustainable crop pest control " with Southwest University was only signed 2 weeks ago in the Belgium Embassy in Beijing during the Mission to China of a delegation of Ghent University headed by our Rector, Prof. Rik Van de Walle.
The event yesterday highlighted some of the very successful collaboration initiatives that were taken in the past few years by Ghent University professors in close consultation and cooperation with their counterparts in China and prove that Ghent University is continuing to strengthen its cooperation with China. The fact that several of the Ghent University students and researchers joined us on this event also shows that a cooperation can only flourish with professors but also students and researchers who are committed to bring China and Belgium closer to each other.