The signing ceremony of strategic cooperation agreement between CQU and Institute for History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences was held on October 20, 2020 at the Lecture Hall of Wenzizhai of Chongqing University. Liao Ruijin, vice president of CQU, and other CQU representatives, Zhang Baichun, president of the Institute for History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and other CAS representatives, and teachers and students of Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Science and Liberal Arts College of Chongqing University were present at the ceremony. Yao Fei, vice president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Science of Chongqing University presided over the ceremony.
The “integrated science and education” strategic cooperation between CQU and the Institute for History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences is of great significance. The transformation from “balanced science and education” to “integrated science and education” is an inevitable path to build a country with powerful higher education, and is also the successful experience and core school-running ideas of world first-rate universities and a core mission assigned to universities and colleges of China by the times.
Liao Ruijin, vice president of Chongqing University, said at the signing ceremony that for Chongqing University, the cooperation is not only a major mission and responsibility to respond to the call of the Chinese Communist Party, the central government and the local government, but also an urgent need for its own development. The strategic cooperation between the two sides will provide important practical experience for promoting the national strategy of large-scale western development, the reform of higher education and the construction of world-first-rate universities, and will promote the rapid development of both sides. The Institute for History of Natural Sciences of CAS has world-first-rate scholars in the history of science and technology in China and related research fields, and has carried out the most outstanding research in several research directions in the world. It has made significant breakthroughs and achievements. Liao expressed his expectations that through the cooperation with the Institute for History of Natural Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the curriculum system of general education of our University will be enriched and the quality of talent cultivation will be improved, and the research ability and level in relevant academic fields will be improved. In addition, CQU will play a more important role in social services such as science communication and popularization.
Zhang Baichun, resident of the Institute for History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, emphasized in his speech the historical evolution of the Institute for History of Natural Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the "three-in-one" scientific research, teaching and organization mode of cooperation between the Institute, University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. The birth and development of the Institute has always been closely linked with the development of reality. Members of the Institute have always been full of patriotism, concerned about China's modernization, and have always shared the same breath and destiny with the People’s Republic of China. Chongqing University has a profound history and solid foundation of science and engineering. At the same time, there are also a lot of accumulation in the research and teaching of humanities and social sciences. The strategic cooperation between CAS and Chongqing University on "integrated science and education" is right in time and extensively supported. The Institute for History of Natural Sciences will try its best to build an experimental point for the intersection of science and technology and humanities with Chongqing University, and jointly develop scientific culture.
After that, the signing ceremony kicked off officially. Zhang Baichun, CAS representative, and Liao Ruijin, CQU representative, signed their names on related documents and instruments, which had aroused roars of applause among the attendants.
At the end of the ceremony, Guan Xiaowu, representative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, presented to Yang Xinya, representative of Chongqing University, a number of latest masterpieces of the Institute for History of Natural Sciences, including Sixty Years of Research on the History of Science and Technology: Selected Papers by the Institute for History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Examples of China's Industrial Heritage: Industrial Heritage in the Perspective of Technological History. In the meeting that followed, representatives of Chongqing University and representatives of Chinese Academy of Sciences continued to discuss and talked about issues related to cooperation.