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New collaboration with the Institute for Population and Development Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing has established a five year agreement with the Institute for Population and Development Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University. The two institutions have been in discussions since the Director of the IPDS, Professor Li Shuzhou,  visited Oxford in  November 2014. 

The collaboration will  establish a framework within which joint activities will  occur between the two Institutes. These will include, for example, joint research including data sharing, joint publications, seminars, conferences and workshops,  and  visits by  research staff and graduate students.

The Institute has already welcomed its first visitor under the new collaboration – Professor Huijun Liu  is working with Sarah Harper on the longitudinal Anhui survey collected over 15 years in Anhui  Province.

The Xi'an Jiaotong University website reported the visit.

President Wang Shuguo met with Sarah Harper, Director of the Institute of Population Ageing at Oxford University and Dr George W. Leeson, Deputy Director, at the Science Museum. The two sides exchanged views on the construction of scientific and technological innovation harbor of Xi'an Jiaotong University in the west, the construction and research of aging subject in Xi'an Jiaotong University, and the future cooperation of the two sides in the academic field. The heads of the International Division, the Research Institute and the School of Public Policy and Management attended the meeting.

President Wang Shuguo welcomed Sarah Harper and George W. Leeson for their first visit. He reviewed the close cooperation between Oxford University and Xi'an Jiaotong University in the field of humanities and social sciences such as law and population, and thanked Oxford Executive Vice President Ewan for attending the 120th Anniversary Series activity. When introducing the development plan of China's western science and technology innovation harbor, he stressed that the construction of the western innovation port was inspired by Oxford University's university-city integration development model, and invited the Oxford University Institute of Population Aging to join the collaborations.

Professor Sarah Harper expressed her keen interest and positive response to Wang's proposal. She spoke about the academic activities and feelings during the visit of Xi'an Jiaotong University, and  the discussions  with Prof. Wang Shuguo on disciplinary development, scientific research cooperation and talent exchange. The National University of the Silk Road and the Innovation Port of Western China all spoke highly of it. They expressed their willingness to cooperate with Prof. Li Shuzhu of the National Chiao Tung University Institute of Population and Humanities to produce more first-class research results in the related fields.