Our Friends in the East

Published Wednesday, 24th October 2012 in International Activities news

Chinese visitors

SRUC Edinburgh welcomed a group of visitors from China recently looking to strengthen the links between the Scottish and Chinese rural sectors.

Zhang Fuguo, Director of the Research Assistance Department of Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, lead the delegation was greeted by Professor David McKenzie, Vice Principal Education and Professor George Marshall, Assistant Principal. He has invited SRUC researchers to the 4th Sino-European Seminar which will take place in September next year.

George said: “We are keen to encourage the seminar hosts to look at how SRUC uses the principles of an integrated approach to serving agriculture and rural communities in their planned international meetings.”

These annual seminars are run by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and aim to encourage knowledge exchange between those working in the rural and agriculture areas. CPAFFC is keen to enlist SRUC’s help in attracting international participation and creating an innovative spirit at next year’s event.

George has suggested they use ‘New Frontiers in Agricultural Systems’ as the seminar theme and will be advising the group on creating an inclusive programme which will interest those working in policy, research and industry.

Three other members of CPAFFC accompanied Zhang on their visit to SRUC; Tan Zhaohua, Secretary General, Yanxia LV, Division Director of the European Department and Sun Chi, Project Officer.

The whole group was very impressed with the work SRUC is doing in education, research and consulting and they hope to showcase some of it next year. 

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