On the afternoon of the OSCAR opening day, the Oxford Cooperation Forum, was held in the lecture hall of the OSCAR building. Keynote speakers from Chinese and overseas government departments, universities, research institutes and industry addressed themes including education cooperation, technology innovation cooperation, research cooperation and industrial cooperation.
Dr. Matt Perkins, CEO of Oxford University Innovation, acted as MC of the forum. Mr. Matthew Knowles, Director of British Council, East China, gave a speech entitled ‘A New Generation of Higher Education Links’. Professor Xi Youmin, Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU), talked about the development progress of XJTLU and referred to the establishment of OSCAR in SIP as a good opportunity of collaboration. Mr. Adam Workman, Head of Investment & New Ventures, Oxford University Innovation (OUI), spoke about OUI and the innovation work of the University of Oxford. He Lianzhen, Vice President (International) of Zhejiang University, delivered a presentation ‘Innovation & Collaboration: ZJU Perspectives.’
Dr. Liu Yujun, Head of Institute Management Department, Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute shared his views about Global Collaboration-Innovation Shaping the Future. Professor Mike Giles, Head of Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, introduced the proposed ‘Institute for Mathematical Data Analytics’ in OSCAR. Gareth Taylor, Consul, Science and Innovation, UK Consulate General Shanghai, spoke about the UK Industrial Strategy and UK-China Scientific Collaboration. Professor Patrick Grant, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), the University of Oxford, made the concluding speech.
As the first key event after OSCAR’s official opening, the Oxford Cooperation Forum boosted the mutual understanding among the participants. It showed how much importance OSCAR attaches to ‘cooperation’ and marks the beginning of the process to deepen the relationships between the University of Oxford and local partners.