IET president Professor Andy Hopper with staff in Beijing.
Professor Andy Hopper’s recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing.
The IET’s president, Professor Andy Hopper, visited China in mid-January, with the trip covering the country’s two major cities: Shanghai and Beijing.
The first day started with Andy delivering his President’s Address at Shanghai University. The seminar attracted around 550 student delegates from Shanghai University, Fudan University, Tongji University and Shanghai Institution of Technology. Inspired by Andy’s speech, they were keen to ask him questions on topics such as business start-ups and being a successful young entrepreneur.
On day two, Andy did a group interview with Shanghai local newspapers including Guangming Daily, Youth Daily, Shanghai Education, Shanghai Daily and Shedunews.com, which focused on engineering education. Andy shared his own experiences, and his thoughts on the value of the IET. He was joined by two senior members: Shanghai Local Network chairman Professor Wan Wanggen, and Professor Li Guang from Zhejiang University, whose involvement helped to emphasise how the IET acts as a bridge between academia and industry.
After the interview, Andy attended the IET China Annual Dinner, which this year attracted 110 guests. Previously held in Beijing, this was the first time the event had been hosted in Shanghai. During the dinner, Andy presented 13 ‘IET Ambassador’ awards to members, in appreciation of the time and energy they had devoted to helping the IET grow in China. Another highlight was the presentation of an Academic Affiliate certificate to Zhe Jiang University.
In Beijing, Andy was interviewed by national media outlets and also met with Professor Du Zide from the Chinese Computer Federation, to discuss working together to provide better services to Chinese engineers and IT professionals.
As the brief but eventful trip came to an end, Andy expressed his appreciation to IET staff in Beijing for their assistance and support in making this China visit a very smooth and successful one, and also for their work to promote the value of the IET.