McGill to expand ties with China’s top university


On November 16, Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum, McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, visited Peking University (PKU), which consistently places as China’s best university in worldwide rankings.

Following her meetings with Prof. Zhu Shanlu, Chairman of the PKU Council, and other officials, it was announced that both universities are committed to increasing their collaboration, especially in areas related to research in law and medicine.

The relationship between McGill and PKU dates back to 1979, when the universities signed an open-ended memorandum of understanding. Since that time, the agreement has led to fruitful collaborations in East Asian studies and chemistry, among other fields, as well as a successful student exchange between McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management and PKU’s Guanghua School of Management.

Prof. Munroe-Blum and Prof. Shanlu noted that future cooperation could take the form of more student exchanges and jointly hosted seminars. The senior administrators will explore the possibility of meeting again in early 2013 to outline details for new programs and partnerships.