The 2021 annual meeting between SDAU and RAU (Royal Agricultural University) was held online. The two sides reviewed and summarized the operation of their 2 cooperatively-running programs of food safety and land resources management in 2021, and put forth suggestions for a better development of the programs in the future.
At the meeting, a new joint management committee and academic committee were established. Prof. Xiangdong Li, the vice president Of SDAU, was elected as the director of the new joint management committee and delivered a speech, in which he introduced SDAU’s achievements in 2021 and thanked the teachers and students of the two universities for their continuous efforts. He said that despite the difficulties and challenges brought by the epidemic, the two universities have jointly innovated cooperation methods, strictly controlled the quality and improved the effectiveness of talent training. The land resources management program has successfully passed the evaluation of MoEs both in China and UK. There have been a number of excellent students with the support of the cooperation platform of the two universities. It is hoped that the two universities will take the cooperation project as the link, strengthen coordination and cohesion, and jointly pushed forward the program development.
Prof. Neil Ravenscroft, the vice president of RAU, warmly congratulated SDAU on the achievements and highly appreciated the students' learning attitude and effectiveness in participating in distance teaching. He said that the 15-year cooperative relationship between the two universities has been further deepened and expanded through the unremitting efforts of both sides. RAU will continue to take the cooperation with SDAU as an important development opportunity and strategic focus, and contribute to the cultivation of international talents engaged in land management and agricultural products.
The College of Food Sciences and Engineering and the College of Resources and Environment made an annual work report on enrollment, teaching and employment, and put forward reasonable suggestions on adjusting the curriculum and increasing the proportion of live courses.
A total of 179 students graduated from these 2 programs in 2021, of which 22 went abroad for further study, 55 were admitted as postgraduates domestically, and 90 signed up for employment. 234 new students were enrolled.