The inauguration ceremony for four Shandong University-Karolinska Institute Collaborative Laboratories was held on Oct 21 in Shandong University\'s Baotuquan campus after the collaborative agreement was signed by Zhang Rong, president of the university.
President Zhang and Anders Hamsten, vice-chancellor of the Karolinska Institute (KI), jointly inaugurated the collaborative laboratories for cardiovascular research, cancer research, stem cell research and global health studies.
At the ceremony, Zhang welcomed the delegation from KI, talked about the cooperation situation and expressed his confidence in future cooperation between the two schools.
The inauguration ceremony for four Shandong University-Karolinska Institute Collaborative Laboratories is held on Oct 21 in Shandong University\'s Baotuquan campus after the collaborative agreement was signed by Zhang Rong, president of the university.[Photo by Yang Yunlei/chinadaily.com.cn]
Zhang Rong, president of Shandong University,gives a speech at the ceremony.[Photo by Yang Yunlei/chinadaily.com.cn]
He stated that the two schools have a good foundation of exchange and cooperation, and they also have wonderful achievements in scientific research, student exchange, talent cultivation and alumni affairs.
In addition, there has been significant student and teacher exchange that has benefited both sides greatly. He believed that the creation of cooperative laboratories will deepen friendship and promote common development.
Hamsten expressed that Shandong University is Karolinska Institute’s most intimate partner in China, and the completion of the laboratories is not only a historic achievement of friendly relations, but also a new starting point for future cooperation.
Delegates from the two schools exchange ideas and express their hopes for further cooperation.[Photo by Yang Yunlei/chinadaily.com.cn]
Anders Hamsten, vice-chancellor of the Karolinska Institute (KI) express his best wishes for the collaborative laboratories and hopes that the profound friendship between KI and SDU can be everlasting..[Photo by Yang Yunlei/chinadaily.com.cn]
He said that Sweden and China enjoy a long history of friendship, and KI and SDU also have a profound friendship. Many alumni in KI have obtained encouraging results in their own work positions after they return, which has laid a solid foundation for the cooperation between the two schools. Furthermore, relying on the four collaborative research laboratories, the two schools will deepen their cooperation with the aim of enhancing overall global health.
Prior to the ceremony, the delegates paid a visit to the collaborative laboratory for cardiovascular research. Hamsten also gave a lecture titled "Karolinska Institutet and the Future of Medicine." The officials of Karolinska Institutet – Katarina Drakenberg, Li Nailin and Chen Luni – as well as officials of the Qilu Medicine Department, international affairs department, Second Hospital, and the four collaborative laboratories from Shandong University all attended the related activities.
Karolinska Institutet is one of the world\'s leading medical universities. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine. Ever since Shandong University and Karolinska Institutet signed the collaborative agreement, a total of more than 70 teachers and students of SDU have visited KI for joint scientific research and learning exchange, jointly publishing up to 75 papers. In addition, a famous scholar, Professor Göran Hassaon, from KI has already been appointed as an honorary professor of SDU in March 2014.
By Jing Zizhao and Wang Qian