RWTH Honors President of Tsinghua University


Professor Qiu Yong, the president of Tsinghua University, has been named the first RWTH Honorary Fellow. Furthermore, the RWTH liaison office in Beijing has now celebrated its ten-year anniversary.

Executives from both universities signing a memorandum of understanding RWTH Aachen Qiu Yong, the President of Tsinghua University, and RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg sign a memorandum of understanding for a dual degree Master’s program.

In 2007, RWTH Aachen University opened its liaison office in Beijing, China, which provides advisory services for Chinese students who are interested in studying at RWTH. Today, about 1,600 students from China are enrolled at the University, making up the largest group of international students at RWTH.

Furthermore, the liaison office seeks to promote the partnerships between RWTH and selected Chinese universities, focusing on Tsinghua University in particular, which is one of the most renowned research and educational institutions in China. In October, RWTH celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the liaison office at the German Embassy in Beijing. During the event, the University awarded the title of Honorary Fellow to Professor Qiu Yong, the president of Tsinghua University.

In his laudatory speech, RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg highlighted Professor Qiu’s achievements in science and his contributions to society. The Rector’s Office awards the title of Honorary Fellow in order to strengthen the University’s ties with outstanding international scientists. Professor Qiu is the first to be awarded this recognition.

The German ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Michael Clauss, expressed his appreciation of the strong and productive relationships between China and Germany. Professor Poprawe, the University’s Delegate for Cooperation with China, lauded the work of Liu Jie and her team from the RWTH Liaison Office in Beijing. Furthermore, the laser technology expert highlighted the newly established Joint Research Laboratory between Tsinghua University and RWTH, a binational lab focusing on photonics research, as an excellent example of the several strong research collaborations between the two countries.

Towards the close of the event, the universities signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a dual degree Master’s program between RWTH and Tsinghua in the field of economics and business administration.

Source: Press and Communications