The Governor-General of Canada Speaks at Sichuan University

Invited by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, His Excellence the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada paid a state visit to China from October 18 to 24. During his visit in China, he came to host a round-table discussion on “Innovative Approaches to Graduate Studies” at Sichuan University on October 22 and delivered a speech on Education, Innovation and Prosperity to our faculty and students.
Governor-General of Canada David Johnston delivered a speech entitled “Education, Innovation and Prosperity” in the auditorium of New No. 8 Teaching Building on West China Medical Campus, Sichuan University.
Governor-General David Johnston said, as a well-known university in both China and the world, Sichuan University has established active partnerships with many Canadian universities, hoping that scholars and students from two countries can work together, learn from each other, expand exchanges and cooperation, enhance mutual understanding and trust and jointly promote cooperation and innovation in education so as to achieve common prosperity.
After the speech, both Canadian and Chinese scholars including Dr. Edy Wong, Associate Dean International from University of Alberta School of Business, the Honorable Perrin Beatty, P.C. President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Dana Fox, Founder and Vice-Chair of CleverU Corporation and Prof. Wang Xiaolu and Prof. Moe M.S. Cheung from Sichuan University held a panel discussion.
The topics cover “how online education and new technologies in the delivery of education enhance innovation in the universities as opposed to more traditional methods of learning”, “It is desirable, or even vital, for universities in Canada and China to push for a large-scale transition into the digital domain”, “How current Canada-China educational partnerships and collaborations are conducive to fostering a culture of innovation in both countries”, “how furthering innovation leads to economic and social prosperity”, and “what direction Canada-China academic relations should progress towards in the future in order to serve the best interests of both countries”, etc.
Later, Governor-General David Johnston answered questions raised by SCU students with scholars mentioned above.
Before the speech, President Xie Heping and Vice President Yan Shijing met with Governor-General of Canada David Johnston in the Room 333 of Old No. 8 Teaching Building on West China Medical Campus, Sichuan University.
Time: 2013-11-08   From: SCU