A University of Liverpool alumni event, coinciding with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Shanghai and Liverpool, was held in Shanghai on April 17.

A delegation from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University attended the event to honour the University’s close ties with its parent institution.

Professor Youmin Xi, executive president of XJTLU, delivered a speech, providing the audience with an overview of the University’s history as a testament to the strong relationship between Liverpool and China.

“The opening of XJTLU in 2006 cemented the bond between Liverpool and China,” he said.

“As the largest Sino-foreign, joint-venture university in China, XJTLU aims to blend the best practices of east and west to become an international, innovative and industry-linked university of the future.

“XJTLU’s global community consists of more than 15,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, 3,000 of whom are studying at the University of Liverpool.

“As a pioneer in education reform, XJTLU is developing a new campus in Taicang, a city near Shanghai, with close cooperation between researchers, industries, government and society.”

British Consul-General Shanghai, John Edwards; Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar; and Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, Guangyong Liu also spoke at the event, detailing the increasingly close relationship between Liverpool and China.

The University of Liverpool alumni event was one a number of events held across the week of April 15-21 to mark the official Shanghai-Liverpool 20th Sister City Anniversary.

By Yixue Yang; edited by Roanna Galvin

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