Eighteen internationally known experts who attended the International Conference for Energy, Environment and Commercial Civilization were appointed as guest professors of SCU at the Appointment Ceremony on the afternoon of October 21st.
President Heping Xie extended his warm welcome to all experts and scholars attending the International Conference for Energy, Environment and Commercial Civilization, hoping that they, as guest professors of SCU, will put their respective advantages into full play and positively support and care for the construction and development of relevant disciplines of SCU.
Three professors, including Robert L. Evans, academician of the Canada Academy of Engineering, expressed appreciation on behalf of the 18 appointed guest professors, as well as the honor and pride for becoming a member of SCU. Three professors from Uzbekistan presented Uzbekistan-style costumes to Academician Heping Xie and Prof. Jiuping Xu respectively to express their gratitude.
An Interview with Experts Attending the Conference: Dr. Baldev Raj, Dr. Gheorghe DUCA and Dr. Mohamed Hag AliHassan
During the First International Conference for Energy, Environment and Commercial Civilization, Dr. Baldev Raj, former director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India, Dr. Gheorghe DUCA, president of Academy of Sciences, Moldova, and Dr. Mohamed Hag AliHassan, past executive director of the World Academy of Sciences, separately delivered brilliant speeches. Thereafter, the reporter of the News Center of SCU interviewed them.
As former director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, and member of German Academy of Sciences, Dr. Baldev Raj is engaged in study covering interdisciplinary area of energy, cultural heritage, medical technology and nanotechnology, and has provided solutions to many issues related to national strategic and security departments. Dr. Baldev Raj took the lead to deliver a keynote talk titled Energy Prospect: Safety and Sustainable Development. When talking about the energy issues of India, he said that energy foresight was critical to the sustainable development of India; he hoped that the shift to a low-carbon society could be planned and realized step by step through energy foresight. Meanwhile, he emphasized that the current impact of the issues related to energy, environment and commercial civilization upon the world was unprecedented and that all countries in the world were faced with tremendous challenges; only with enhanced cooperation and integrated forces, can they integrate the realistic issues with theoretical research, and resolve the realistic tough issues through innovation and cooperation. When talking about the current higher education, Dr. Baldev Raj, as a guest professor of SCU, recognized the educational quality and student quality in China over the recent years. As for teaching practices, he particularly stressed the innovation capability of students, holding that it was very important to use “students’ creativity and experience accumulated in the work to break through some limitations in modern sciences”; in the meantime, “universities shall not only cover the top science and technology, but get involved in popularization of sciences among ordinary people.”
As president of Academy of Sciences, Moldova, Dr. Gheorghe DUCA has made outstanding contributions to the fields of physical chemistry, chemical technology, ecological chemistry and physical chemistry research methods and chemical risk assessment. At this conference, Dr. Gheorghe DUCA delivered a speech entitled Chemistry for Sustainable Development. He expounded the topics of environment, society and economy from the perspective of chemistry, under the themes including the global trends of chemistry relative to global topics, the potential of chemistry in the solutions to environmental, social and economic issues, among others, as well as the development vision of chemistry in the Republic of Moldova against the backdrop of “One Belt and One Road” Strategy.
As for further cooperation with SCU in the future, Dr. Gheorghe DUCA reiterated his conception expressed at the interview: we can have scientists and students exchanges between Moldovan Universities and SCU, and both sides can jointly invest in and launch some scientific research projects. In terms of student exchange, Chinese students can learn nano technology, chemistry, biology, as well as languages such as Russian, English and Romanian in Moldova, while those from Moldova can come to China to learn commerce, mathematics, physics and Mandarin. Dr. Gheorghe DUCA said that Moldova was willing to open a window for both sides to learn from each other’s culture and life and to promote student exchange.
Dr. Gheorghe DUCA added that Moldova was making efforts to build an innovation-based society and advocated that young students should positively get involved in the research of basic science; during their communication with senior professors, young students can join hands to create new ideas, and realize the conversion of innovative results with the assistance of professors. “Innovation can create more jobs and new business model, and promote the development of finance,” said Dr. Gheorghe DUCA, hoping that the returns generated from innovation can benefit not only the social and public sectors, but also the private sectors, both of which can complement each other, and jointly motivate social progress and scientific development.
As co-chair of IAP, Dr. Mohamed Hag AliHassan serves several international organizations and has published plenty of works covering the research areas such as plasma physics and nuclear fusion energy technology, as well as wind erosion, dusts and sand storms. At the meeting in the afternoon, Dr. Mohamed Hag AliHassan delivered a keynote lecture, under the title of Challenges and Opportunities for International Collaboration in Sustainability Science. Being asked about the current environmental protection issues, he underscored that currently there existed a huge global challenge: the vital sustainability problems faced by the third world in dire need of solution, for example, water resources, energy, foodstuff as well as medical security, natural disasters and climate change; for these complicated, variable and interwoven issues, the sustainability of environment was the common ground; and to ensure the sustainability of environment, it was urgent to strengthen the research and development of green technology, especially in developing countries.
When it comes to cooperation, Dr. Mohamed Hag AliHassan said that SCU’s cooperation with developing countries was limited at the time being. “To boost it, I now serve as a science advisor at the ‘Future University’ in Sudan.” He expressed his willingness to cooperate with SCU, and handed over the cooperation agreement drafted by the president of “Future University” to some leaders of SCU. Meanwhile, he welcomed SCU’s teachers to attend teaching activities in Sudan; SCU’s students are also welcome to do some field investigation and teaching there.
The three professors expressed one after another their opinions on environment and energy problems as well as their desires to cooperate with SCU, expecting that the future cooperation can facilitate the common progress of both parties involved. They said that the meeting would definitely accelerate international dialogue and broad cooperation in the fields of energy, environment and commerce, and attract more people to pay close attention to synergetic development of energy, environment and commerce worldwide.