December 2007, the Vice Rector of University of Glasgow Prof. Andrea Nolan guided a delegation visited Nankai University, the Vice President of Nankai University Guan Naijia met the guests at the Foreign Guesthouse; the people in charge of Office for International Academic Exchanges, College of Law, Zhou Enlai School of Government, Business School and School of Medicine also took part in the meeting with Andrea Nolan in order to seek for possibilities of exchanges and cooperation.
















March 2011,“Glasgow Day” was held at Nankai University and Master Fan Zeng (tenured professor of Nankai University) was awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Glasgow. During the ceremony, the two Universities signed the Students Exchanges Agreement.










July 2011, the two universities signed the agreement, by which the Nankai – Glasgow Confucius Institute was officially launched. In October of the same year, the inauguration ceremony of Confucius Institute was held at University of Glasgow. “Nankai Day” and Master Fan Zeng’s Lecture and Exhibiton were held at University of Glasgow. The two universities also signed 1+1 Agreement and 2+1 Agreement of Joint Degree Programs.

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May 2012, Vice Rector of University of Glasgow Professor Andrea Nolan visited Nankai University. Vice President of Nankai University Professor Tong Jiadong met the guests at the Administration Building. The people in charge of Graduate School and Office for International Academic Exchanges took part in the meeting. Both sides discussed the establishment of the Joint Graduate School and the “3+2” PhD project. On the day of the visit, Vice President Guan Naijia also met with University of Glasgow’s delegation. She thanked Professor Nolan who strongly supported the cooperation between the two universities and hoped that the cooperation between the two institutions will continue to deepen, exploring even more new ways of cooperation.



June 2012, invited by the Rector of Glasgow University Anton Muscatelli, Chancellor Xue Jinwen guided a Nankai delegation to visit University of Glasgow. Rector Muscatelli, Vice Rector Nolan and others warmly welcomed Xue Jinwen. Both sides seeing the Confucius Institute as a platform for comprehensive cooperation between the universities. Vice President Zhu Guanlei took part in the meeting. Xue Jinwen and Anton Muscatelli discussed various modes of cooperation between the two universities. The two sides also signed the “Memorandum of Cooperation in Urban Management Major".














December 2012, Rector of University of Glasgow Anton Muscatelli visited Nankai University. Xue Jinwen met the guests at the Administration Building. Vice President Tong Jiadong, people in charge of Graduate School, Office for International Academic Exchanges, College of Foreign Languages, Zhou Enlai School of Government, College of Environmental Science and Engineering also took part in the meeting. Both sides discussed the arrangement of Joint Graduate School, the PhD program that will be set up in the future and agreed on three areas of cooperation: international relations, English translation, environment / carbon management.







January 2013, Vice President Tong Jiadong guided a delegation to visit University of Glasgow, he received a warm welcome from the Rector of University of Glasgow Anton Muscatelli, the Vice Rector Nolan, the Vice Rector Anderson and the people in charge of the International Affairs Office, College of Social Studies, College of Engineering and College of Arts. The main topics discussed were the arrangement of the Joint Graduate School, the PhD programs, the academic cooperation and the educational exchanges. Assistant of the President, Director of TEDA College Professor Wang Lei, and people in charge of Graduate School, Office for International Academic Exchange, Zhou Enlai School of Government, College of Foreign Languages, College of Environmental Science and Engineering took part in the meeting.







December 2013, the representatives of Nankai University and University of Glasgow discussed over problems in the construction of the Joint Graduate School. Tong Jiadong, Vice President and Dean of Graduate School attended the meeting. He was accompanied by the people in charge of Graduate School, Office for International Academic Exchanges, Zhou Enlai School of Government, School of Economics, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, College of Economy and Social Development.








March 2014, Anton Muscatelli, the famous English economist and Rector of University of Glasgow, received from Nankai University’s President Gong Ke a Nankai Univeristy’s school badge. This symbolizes that Prof. Anton Muscatelli is officially a Nankai’s Guest Professor; the two badges on the chest also indicate the continued international cooperation between Nankai University and University of Glasgow.




March 2014, invited by the Rector of University of Glasgow Anton Muscatelli, Chancellor Xue Jinwen guided a delegation to visit University of Glasgow. Vice President Zhu Guanglei and the people in charge of Graduate School, Office for International Academic Exchanges, School of Economics and Business School also attended the meeting. Xue Jinwen and Anton Muscatelli discussed over the cooperation in the construction of the Joint Graduate School. Both sides reviewed a series of early preparatory works for the project; the two sides made a positive effort during the preparation process, the current project is progressing well, and the last approval stage of the project will be soon completed in accordance with the requirements of the Chinese Ministry of Education, and, at the same time, are preparing to recruit students. Both sides also discussed the second stage of adding new majors to the Joint Graduate School project.





May 2014, Vice Rector of the University of Glasgow John Chapman, is met by Nankai University’s Vice President Guan Naijia in the Administration Building. People in charge of Graduate School, Office for International Academic Exchanges, College of Chemistry, and College of Environmental science and Engineering also attended the meeting. Guan Naijia introduced the current status of Nankai’s chemistry professors and academic research programs. Both sides exchanged opinions about the Joint Graduate School. Upon conclusion, Chapman and heads of College of Chemistry held an informal discussion.



October 2014, University of Glasgow’s Rector Anton Moscatelli led a delegation to visit Nankai University. They were met by Chancellor Xue Jinwen, President Gong Ke, and Vice President Tong Jiadong. People in charge of the Officefor International Academic Exchanges accompanied the meeting.


December 2014, a video conference between Nankai University and the University of Glasgow was held to consult on the Joint Graduate School. Present were Nankai University’s Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School Tong Jiadong, as well as Glasgow’s Vice Rector Anne Anderson. Also present were the people in charge of the Graduate School, Office for International Academic Exchanges, Zhou Enlai School of Government, School of Economics, and the College of Environmental Science and Engineering.

During the meeting, Anderson expressed her congratulations of the approval of the Joint Graduate School by Chinese Ministry of Education. Both parties discussed about issues like the management of the Joint Graduate School, the coming year’s enrollment program, curriculum, and the dates for the launching ceremony, as well as respective responsibilities, etc. Both sides agreed on continued video conferences every six weeks.



December 2014, the Ministry of Education approved the establishment of Nankai University - University of Glasgow Joint Graduate School. The Ministry of education, according to the “Regulation for Sino Foreign Educational Cooperation” and experts’ opinions, and through serious consideration, hereby approved Nankai University - University of Glasgow Joint Graduate School.






June 2015, during the Italian Exhibition of Master Fan Zeng in Rome, Chancellor Xue Jinwen met the Vice Rector of University of Glasgow Professor James Conroy. The people in charge of the School of Literature, College of Foreign Languages, College of Life Science and Office for International Academic Exchanges also attended the meeting.





July 2015, the ceremony to sign the Nankai - Glasgow Cooperation Agreement was held in Beijing. The Prime Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon,the Rector of University of Glasgow Anton Muscatelli, the Vice Rector Anne Anderson, the President of Nankai University Gong Ke and the Vice President Tong Jiadong attended the ceremony. Gong Ke and Anton Muscatelli represented the two sides to sign the Agreement.

















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