Oversight Committee Meeting was held in Shenzhen on May 6th (PDT)

May 8, 2018

For additional article about this meeting, please visit: https://engineering.berkeley.edu/2018/05/breaking-new-ground-tbsi

The third meeting of the TBSI Oversight Committee was held at TBSI Shenzhen on May 7th, co-chaired by Carol Christ (Chancellor of UC Berkeley), QIU Yong (President of Tsinghua University) and CHEN Rugui  (Mayor of the Shenzhen Municipal Government). Accompanied by Professor Connie Chang-Hasnain, TBSI Co-Director, Professor Lin Zhang, TBSI Co-Director presented TBSI’s 2017 annual work report and its 2018-2020 strategic plan.  The Oversight Committee discussed matters such as the new members and future meetings of the Committee, appointment of management personnel in TBSI, and the financial budget and the construction plans for shared research platforms.

At the meeting, Chancellor Carol Crist affirmed UB Berkeley’s support of the infrastructure and other development plans of TBSI.  Moreover, given the trust UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University have built through the collaboration of the past 3 years, she looks forward to future successes and growth of TBSI in the coming years.

President QIU Yong recognized the achievements of TBSI and thanked UC Berkeley and the Shenzhen Municipal Government for their support. He urged TBSI to innovate new educational programs and new mechanisms to attract interactions and collaborations with industry.  He noted that the presented strategic plan will be the foundation for TBSI to grow rapidly into a world class academic institutions.

Mayor CHEN Rugui remarked that the development of TBSI is synergistic with the direction of the City of Shenzhen, and encouraged that the three parties to work together to attract resources and talents for world class research that will lead to further research and development, resulting in innovations for industry.  He noted that Shenzhen will spare no efforts to create an environment that is supportive of the development of TBSI.  He re-affirmed his strong support for TBSI to continue to develop in Shenzhen.

In addition to the 3 Co-Chairs, the Oversight Committee is made up of: YANG Bin (Vice President of Tsinghua University), KANG Feiyu (Dean of Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University), JI Shishan  (Dean of Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen), Randy H. Katz (Vice Chancellor of Research, UC Berkeley), Paul Alivisatos (Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley), Fiona M. Doyle (Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, UC Berkeley), LIANG Yongsheng (Director, Committee of Science and Technology Innovation of Shenzhen Municipality) and ZHANG Jihong (Director, Education Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality).  Dean Doyle and VCR Katz of UC Berkeley participated remotely at the committee meeting from the US.