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SCUPI PREPARATION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT

On March 6, 2013, SCU and Pitt had a meeting in Chengdu where Guangxian Li, Executive Vice President of Sichuan University, and Pitt’s Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson signed an agreement to form the Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute. 

On May 24, 2013, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg welcomed a delegation of SCU officials, led by President Heping Xie, to Pitt. Chancellor Nordenberg and President Xie signed a “framework agreement” that will provide the basis for extending cooperation between the universities.

Signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement

On March 6, 2013, SCU and Pitt had a meeting in Chengdu where Guangxian Li, Executive Vice President of Sichuan University, and Pitt’s Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson signed an agreement to form the Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute. 

Agreement to build a cooperatively-run school

On May 24, 2013, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg welcomed a delegation of SCU officials, led by President Heping Xie, to Pitt. Chancellor Nordenberg and President Xie signed a “framework agreement” that will provide the basis for extending cooperation between the universities.

SCUPI Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Sichuan University – Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) was officially approved by China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and granted a permit in March 2014. SCUPI became the first Sino-U.S. cooperative institute in western China and also the fifth of similar joint institutes established with American universities. SCUPI will enroll its first class of 100 students in the fall of 2015.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 2, 2014 in SCU’s Jiang’an campus to launch construction of a new building that will house the Sichuan University – Pittsburgh Institute in Chengdu, China.

In USA for the Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

On June 19, 2015 (EST), a plate unveiling ceremony was held at the President’s Meeting Room at the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Sichuan University President Xie Heping unveiled the plate for the Sichuan University – Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong as witness.

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