On April 23rd,Nigel Slater, professor of chemical engineering and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, was appointed honorary professor of Sichuan University. SCU Vice President of International Affairs, Yan Shijing, hosted the conferral ceremony.
During their meeting, Vice President Yan recalled the fruitful cooperation between SCU and the University of Cambridge in recent years, particularly in the fields of pharmacy, earth science and engineering. Every year, moreover, outstanding students of SCU are selected to go abroad and participate in a summer school organized by the University of Cambridge. Pointing out Professor Slater’s substantial academic achievements in the field of biopharmaceuticals, Yan also noted his long-standing collaboration with SCU’s West China School of Pharmacy. Yan is confident that the exchanges and collaboration between Cambridge and SCU, whether in the area of students and faculty exchanges or in scientific research projects in pharmacy studies and related fields, will continue to yield significant results and benefit both sides.
Professor Slater thanked the university for the invitation, gracious welcome and decision to appoint him honorary professor. He went on to explain that SCU and the University of Cambridge share a number of academic strengths and that together the two sides can both capitalize on these strengths in meaningful ways and build a closer working relationship, jointly promoting scientific progress, particularly in the area of biotechnology.
Following their meeting, Vice President Yan presented Professor Slater with a letter appointing him honorary professor of SCU.