On December 26th, 2017, Academician Li Yanrong, fellow of China’s prestigious Academy of Engineering, was formally instated as the new President of Sichuan University (at the level of assistant government minister). The announcement followed Academician Xie Heping’s decision to retire from his duties as University President on grounds of having reached the standard age for Chinese retirement.
In his first address upon taking office, Li stressed the importance of the task ahead: SCU has been selected to construct a world-class university and, in doing so, to represent the strengths and achievements of Chinese higher education to the wider world. Li is honored to be entering SCU at this important time in the university’s history and has pledged to become its dedicated champion. As the newest member of SCU’s leadership team, he is happy to join the ranks of students, staff, and faculty who have continually contributed to this university’s excellence and fine reputation.
After earning his PhD from the Chinese Academy of Science in 1992, Li Yanrong went on do pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, where he became professor in 1994. A year later, he went to Karlsruhe, Germany, as visiting researcher, followed by a further research visit to the University of Colorado Boulder in 1998 and a stint as visiting professor in Germany in 1999. He also served as dean of the School of Information, Materials Science, and Engineering at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC) and in 2001 was appointed dean of the School of Microelectronics and Solid-state electronics there. In 2003, Li joined the university leadership and served as UESTC’s president from 2013 to December 2017.
Li Yanrong has taught and supervised students in the area of materials and electrical components for many years; he has won many honors and awards for his innovative research and published over 260 scientific articles, as well as four monograph-length works. In 2011, he was appointed fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.