The Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre Celebrates 5 Years at the University of Nottingham
The Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre was formally unveiled in Beijing on 13 December 2011. Since then, the Centre has grown and accrued a number of brilliant achievements, by employing staff, and receiving visiting scholars from top institutes in China, as well as creating vital Sino-UK links and undertaking a variety of fascinating joint projects with key UK and China partners. Notably, the Centre itself has held 11 CEO Training Courses throughout the 5 years with 237 senior staff from the national mapping agency – NASG having received training courses.
To celebrate the success of the last 5 years, SUGEC organised a celebratory event on 8th December 2016 held in the Nottingham Geospatial Building. Guests included a number of colleagues from the NGI who have continuously supported us as well as the Asia Business Centre, of which Director Jason Feehily gave a presentation on Knowledge Exchange with China and SUGEC’s importance in this. PVC Professor Andy Long also gave a welcome address and continued to praise and encourage the work of SUGEC. We also received a formal letter of congratulations from Professor Pengfei Cheng, China Director of SUGEC and President of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, which was presented during the event.
We were honoured to have senior officials from the Chinese Embassy in London attend the event, including First and Second Secretaries of the Science and Technology Section, Mr Ge Tan and Ms Huiqin Ma and First and Second Secretaries of the Education Section, Mr Lei Shi and Mr Hui Sun. Car manufacturers Chang ‘an were also in attendance – including Vice President of Chongqing Changan Powertrain R&D Institute Dr Xiaoyu Zhang – to further understand the work of the Sino-UK Centre and establish future links.
The main body of the event was a presentation on the work and achievements of the Sino-UK Centre given by the centre director, Dr Xiaolin Meng. It was a comprehensive look at SUGEC’s hard work and growth in the last 5 years, from training courses and events to innovative research and establishing links with top organisations. Dr Meng also expressed great thanks to all guests – members of his team, colleagues and external visitors for their interest, cooperation and hard work for the Centre. The event was overall highly successful in celebrating the accomplishments of the Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre.
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Author: Roxanne Parnham
Posted on Tuesday 13th December 2016