For the celebration of the 50thanniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and China, both governments and countries have held a variety of activities. As one of the celebration series, and at the invitation of Secretary General Ms Chen Xiao-zhu of NPU, the delegation headed by President Éric Maurincomme of INSA Lyon visited NPU on November 13th, which was a return visit of Ms Chen Xiao-zhu’s visit to their school in this July. The delegation consisted of eight members including vice president Marie•Piere•Favre. Secretary general Ms Chen Xiao-zhu and President Wang Jinsong greeted them warmly. During their visit here, Office of International Cooperation coordinated departments to have conducted a series of activities with INSA Lyon.
Nine years of sincere cooperation between the two schools is a genuine testimony of the friendship between France and China. In 2006 professor Martin Raynaud, vice president of INSA Lyon at that time, came and visited NPU, followed by dean of Department of Mechanics professor Boyer in 2008. Under the propelling efforts of both sides, in September of 2009, the two schools signed interschool cooperation framework agreement, on students’ short-term exchange program and MD-PhD program. And in November of 2008, the two sides signed the letter of intent on cooperation on program of double degrees of Bachelor and Master. And subsequently in 2009 the two schools signed the agreement on 3+2 program of double degrees of Bachelor and Master. In July of 2009, Vice president Wang Wei presided over an intra-school coordination meeting. In 2010, the first 12 students of NPU began their study in France, whose excellent academic performance won favorable comments from French professors. By September of 2014, NPU has totally sent 98 undergraduate students to INSA Lyon through this program. And another 30 postgraduate students have also gone to pursue their further study through project of UT-INSA and NPU-INSA Lyon Doctorate Program.
Through the cooperation with INSA Lyon, the international influence of NPU has been promoted. And as a result, all the schools and departments under INSA Group are aware that NPU is a distinguished university in China. This has become a prototype for promoting the school’s international reputation. And through cooperation, NPU has also reaped success in the internationalization of talents cultivation. Most of the graduates of the project of 3+ 2 double degrees of 3 successive years took offices in large transnational corporations, or famous research institutes at home. And the remaining of them continues to pursue doctorate degree in INSA Lyon.