Agreement strengthens ties between East China University, Binghamton University

Watson School faculty attend first-ever joint Biomaterials Science and Biomedical Engineering Workshop in Shanghai

Officials from Binghamton University and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) signed a memorandum of agreement in April. Image Credit: Jonathan Cohen.
Officials from Binghamton University and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) signed a memorandum of agreement  in April.
Officials from Binghamton University and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) signed a memorandum of agreement in April. Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

An agreement signed this spring by leaders from Binghamton University and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) is already inspiring closer collaborations between the two schools.

April’s memorandum of agreement (MoA) established a partnership between ECUST and Binghamton to foster advancement in teaching, research, academic collaboration and cultural understanding, while combining complementary resources and strengths.

The two schools will explore cooperation on short courses, seminars and academic meetings as well as faculty and administrator visits, joint applications for external funding, establishment of joint laboratory facilities and joint degree programs.

Signing the agreement in Binghamton were University President Harvey Stenger, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Donald Nieman, and ECUST Vice President Changsheng Liu. Also present was ECUST alumnus Kaiming Ye, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The closer connections led to the first-ever Binghamton and ECUST Biomaterials Science and Biomedical Engineering Workshop, held in June in Shanghai, China. Attending were Kaiming Ye, Tracy Hookway, Sha Jin, Ahyeon Koh, Frank Lu and Yuan Wan from the Watson School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, along with and faculty and students from ECUST.

The workshop included tours of ECUST research labs, research presentations, panel discussions, and a keynote address from Ye.

ECUST was founded in 1952 after the merger of chemistry departments from Jiaotong University, Université d’Aurora, Utopia University, Soochow University and Jiangnan University. It has since expanded into three campuses and 15 academic schools offering multidisciplinary studies in science, engineering, economics, management, law, humanities and arts.

Currently at ECUST, around 1,100 professors and associate professors teach more than 16,400 full-time undergraduates and 9,600 postgraduates, including 1,800 doctoral students.