On March 24th, a delegation from Brookings Institution, headed by Board Co-chair John L. Thornton, visited ShanghaiTech University. Brookings Executive Vice President Martin Indyk, Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Bruce Jones, Director and John L. Thornton China Center Senior Fellow Li Cheng, as well as other delegates, attended the meeting. ShanghaiTech President Jiang Mianheng extended a warm welcome to the delegation.
President Jiang introduced the university’s vision and progress with a focus on innovative education and management. Vice President Gong Jinkang made a brief introduction to admission and academic offerings. Brookings delegates affirmed the developments achieved by ShanghaiTech in such a short time and showed interest in university administration, schools and residential colleges, and international developments. Both sides exchanged ideas on student training and cooperation between academia and industry.
Founded in 1927, Brookings Institution is a private, nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. It is generally considered one of the most influential policy institutes in the U.S. Prior to Brookings, John L. Thornton served as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs and he has served as Professor and Director of Tsinghua University’s Global Leadership Program since 2003.