On December 15, 2018, the signing ceremony of the PKU-DeTao Collaboration Agreement for the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) was held at Peking University.
Witnessed by Ping Hao, President of Peking University (PKU), Daniel Mote, Jr., President of National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and Yongji Xu, Deputy Director of International Cooperation and Exchanges Department, Ministry of Education (MOE), the agreement was signed by Dongxiao Zhang, Dean of the PKU College of Engineering, George Lee, Chairman of the Board of DeTao Group, and Yu’ning Li, secretary general of the PKU Education Foundation.
Wei Jing, Deputy Director of Hanban, Qihuang Gong, Vice President of PKU, Wen Gao, Director of PKU Faculty of Information and Engineering Science, Zhili Sun, Secretary of CPC Committee and Associate Dean of PKU College of Engineering, Dali Chen, director for the Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges of MOE, Hongwei Xia, Director of PKU Office of International Relations, Wenqiang Xu, COO of Beijing Low Carbon Clean Energy Institute, Rui Wu, Vice President of DeTao Masters Academy, as well as many faculty members and students of PKU participated in the ceremony. Yongmei Li, assistant dean of PKU College of Engineering presided over the event.
The signing ceremony of the PKU-DeTao Collaboration Agreement for GCSP
After PKU and DeTao’s collaboration in offering brand speeches, public elective courses, MOOCs courses and master program courses for many years, the two parties reached a new agreement in supporting the GCSP at PKU. GCSP was initiated as a new education paradigm by the NAE to prepare engineers to cope with the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century, typically in the fields of sustainability, health, security and joy of living, covering 14 grand engineering challenges such as developing clean energy, improving urban infrastructure, advancing health and medical care, enhancing cyberspace security and advancing personalized learning. The GCSP has now been implemented at more than 70 engineering schools around the world.
In 2017, PKU became the first university in mainland China joining the program, aiming to cultivate students' vision and ability to cope with the grand challenges of the 21st century. The program endeavors to enhance students’ abilities in research innovation, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary cooperation, global vision and services to the society. Relying on its global master resources and industrial resources, DeTao Group has accumulated rich experience in innovation education, Internet technology, ecological environment and other fields. Based on the common concept and long-term cooperation, Peking University and DeTao today joined hands again to meet the “grand challenges” and cultivate innovative talents for the future.
George Lee, Chairman of the Board of DeTao Group, said that GCSP was a globally involved project and that the participation of PKU, DeTao and more Chinese academic and industrial forces would inject Chinese wisdom into it. He hoped that through this project, a global interdisciplinary, intercultural and industry-based innovative talent training mechanism will be established, to face together the major challenges in human development in the 21st century.