Strategic Partners

University of Science and Technology (China)

The university of Science and Technology (USTC) was founded in 1958 by the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), but alReady resides at a the 113th place in the QS international university ranking.

It is connected to most of the institutes belonging to the CAS, which makes it an important university for the Chinese development. Maybe even more interesting, it was ranked fourth in the special QS BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) ranking, showing its great potential.

The USTC is an important partner for the University of Twente. As both universities have similar disciplines, intensive collaboration already exists in the fields of Chemical Engineering, Energy Technology and Mathematics and plans to further extend this to Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Physics and Technical Communication Science are present.

History of collaboration

USTC is an excellent institution, which has many similarities with the UT. In terms of disciplines, quality, size and location we appear to be very similar. The fact that our profile is more or less the same, results in a fruitful cooperation at institutional level. The vice president of USTC, Prof. Chuseng Chen, is an alumnus of UT. He conducted his PhD research in the field of membranes. He is still very involved with the UT and publishes regularly with our colleagues Louis Winnubst and Henny Bouwmeester, who are also 'visiting' professors at USTC. Also, Prof Jaap van der Vegt has a similar relationship with his colleagues from USTC in mathematics. We also have student exchange programmes of bachelor, master and PhD students. In addition, PhD candidates are jointly supervised. For some undergraduate students of USTC the summer internship at the UT was such a great experience that they are now opting for an integrated MSc-PhD program at UT. The research collaboration between UT and USTC dates back to 1988. Also, our students can do an internship or summer school at USTC and we welcome Chinese students in similar projects on our campus. USTC hosts a prestigious summer school called 'Future Scientist International Summer Camps (FSISC)' on Physics as well on Chemistry. Every year, UT students participate in this school. In 2016, 14 USTC students participated in the CuriousU Summerschool at UT.

Agreements

  • Memorandum of Understanding on institutional level
  • Student Exchange Agreement on institutional level
  • Agreement for Joint Education & Research in Sustainable Energy
  • Agreement for Joint Education & Research in Applied Mathematics
  • Agreement for Joint Education & Research in Membrane Technology
  • Integrated BSc - MSc agreements for several programs like Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Electrical Engineering, Embedded Systems, Systems and Control.


In November 2016 the alumni of USTC in the Netherlands arranged a seminar in which 27 people participated. The topics of the seminar included scientific talks, career suggestions and job introductions and ended with a hot pot dinner in a Chinese restaurant. There are two annual alumni meetings for USTC student in the Netherlands, usually on November and March.

In November 2016 the alumni of USTC in the Netherlands arranged a seminar in which 27 people participated. The topics of the seminar included scientific talks, career suggestions and job introductions and ended with a hot pot dinner in a Chinese restaurant. There are two annual alumni meetings for USTC student in the Netherlands, usually in November and March.

Support facilities for cooperation

Collaborating with USTC and sharing knowledge and resources with this university is an important part of UT’s mission. Therefore, UT launches a yearly call for proposals to stimulate collaboration with USTC.  The aim of this call it to stimulate synergetic collaboration resulting in a strong strategic partnerships with USTC.

Testimonial

The last two years is a great adventure in my life. I have been improving myself in many extends, language, communication and academic ability, etc. I am ready to take the
challenge for a new four years journey.
Yaxing Li, graduate Applied Physics, currently doing a PhD at Physics of Fluid


Yaxing Li, graduate Applied Physics, current PhD student Physics of Fluid

Two years ago I came to the Netherlands after an 11-hour- flight from China. After a short period of excitement and anxiety, I felt so welcomed by the new environment due to the kindness of the surrounding people and well-organized “kick-in” (introduction) activities.

The Netherlands are famous for football, tulips and most importantly, high technique. As a scientific undergraduate student, the University of Twente was an excellent place to pursue my dream. Different from Chinese universities, the courses here follow the latest research topics tightly and pay more attention on the practical skills. Meanwhile, the master program asks me to do at least three months internship, which broadens my experience, teaches me how to apply my knowledge to practice and especially help me to get the feeling of working in a real company. 

Normally, Chinese students choose American or British universities due to the language difficulty. The Netherlands is definitely a good destination for English speakers or people who intend to practice their English. Almost every Dutch person can speak fluent English and most master programs are taught in English.

After I graduated from my two-year master program, I started my Ph.D this summer. Our group is a big family and consists of various international students. I learned many different cultures from my colleagues from Spain, Mexico, German and France. Of course, the most important part is the high research quality supported by the best experiment equipment and facilities. In many people’s opinions, a Ph.D career is a tough time and even frustrating when you meet obstacles. However, in our group, all students are motivated by the excitement of new research findings and a very good atmosphere. We have enough freedom to do what we want to do and supervisors always give us great courage and endless help. Every year, we also organize many group activities, such as summer group outing, Christmas dinner and many lovely entertainments. 

The last two years have been a great adventure in my life. I have been improving myself in many extends, language, communication and academic ability, etc. I am ready to take the challenge for a new four years journey. 

USTC Research Internship Program

The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) will offer 20 Research Training Awards to outstanding graduate students or 2nd/3rd Grade undergraduate students to its global partners to come to USTC during their summer break or winter break in 2016/2017, providing them with 6 weeks of intensive research training.

In the proposed program, each student will work either independently or as part of teams of undergraduate, graduate students and/or postdocs, and one or more professors from USTC, on a research topic matched to his/her particular interests. Students will develop important research skills. The research will build upon each student’s prior coursework experience, and will stretch his/her understanding about their specific engineering or science discipline. For the six weeks of this enrichment program, the students will become fully-fledged members of the scientific team.

The program also focuses on cultural exchange – providing opportunities for the students to gain knowledge, appreciation and first-hand experience of Chinese culture, through personal work relationships, field trips, and other cultural enrichment experiences (both arranged by the program and in their own free time).

For more information, download this document

Ongoing Projects

The School of Management at USTC, and our BMS faculty hold a similar consortium of business administration disciplines. On Dec 12-13 Prof Rez Kabir and Dr Xiaohong Huang from department of Finance and Accounting will visit Department of Statistics and Finance and Department of Business Administration at USTC. They will explore the potential between the two schools in joint research projects on subjects like finance and entrepreneurship, and the cooperation in educational activities.

Contactperson UT

Mr. Louis Winnubst