On 27th November, 2018, Mr. Paul Kett, Director General for Education Standards of the Department for Education, UK, visited SBC. Mr. Kett was accompanied by Mr. Danny Pan, Deputy Head of Education and Skills, Department for International Trade, the British Embassy Beijing, Ms. Jazreel Goh, Director Education and Sports, the British Council China, and Ms. Cathy He, Head of Higher Education, British Council China. Madame Cai Yonglian, Vice President of USST and Dean of the SBC, with representatives of SBC faculty, met with the British officials on their arrival.
The meeting was held at the conference room of the Administrative Building of SBC. Also present at the meeting were Ma Xiaoting, Director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, Li Yan, Vice-Director of the administrative committee of the campus on Fuxing Road and the Secretary of the Party General Branch of SBC, Prof. Linda Liu, the Executive Vice-Dean of the SBC, Xu Lin, Vice-Dean of administration, and some other faculty members.
Madame Cai delivered a welcome speech, in which she briefly introduced the 112-year history of USST, the more-than-ten-year development of SBC, and the massive support of USST to SBC in terms of management, academic staffing, logistics, and funding.
Professor Linda Liu, executive Vice-dean of SBC, gave a brief introduction to the model of running, the majors, the achievements of students, as well as the vision of the college. She also mentioned concisely the development of cooperation with British universities and the teaching outcome in the past years.
After that, Mr. Paul Kett engaged in wide-ranging discussion with the faculty members. He congratulated USST on its long history and spoke very affirmatively of the achievements of the college. The purpose of the visit, as was pointed out by Mr. Paul Kett, was to probe into the new opportunities and paths of cooperation and further enhance the development of Sino-British educational cooperation.