Foundation of the Tsinghua University-WPI Joint Research Center for Global Public Safety
Tsinghua-WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Day was held at Tsinghua University on September 4th. The President of Tsinghua University Qiu Yong and the President of WPI Laurie A. Leshin attended the Inauguration Ceremony.
In his address, President Qiu extended his congratulations on the establishment of the center and welcomed Laurie A. Leshin to Tsinghua. “The collaboration intends to engage world-class researchers in strategic collaborative research supported by local and global industry partners to create a better understanding of public safety concerns that face various countries and cultures across the world. Our collaboration provides joint research and educational programs to train young talents with cross-cultural preparation to become next generation world leaders in global public safety.” said President Qiu.
“In the Center, public safety will be advanced through collaborative research, cross-cultural exchange, shared knowledge and resources in key academic areas” said President Leshin. “Our two world-leading universities have identified the urgent need for advancing research and knowledge for global public safety when fast development in the internet of things and cloud technology are revolutionizing the way we live, and fast urbanization demands new thinking and a new design of cities for better life quality.”
A cooperation agreement was signed by the Presidents of the two Universities during a visit by a WPI delegation to Tsinghua University on October 20th, 2016. Under the agreement, the universities will develop a joint academic and research center focused on global public safety concerns.
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, WPI was one of the United States' first engineering and technology universities, and it now has 18 academic departments with over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts.
By Guo Lili