On October 22th, Qingdao University of Technology attended the Sister-City online conference held by Qingdao and Long Beach City, and signed Letter of Intent with California State University, Long Beach. Nearly 50 distinguished guests and friends gathered online to participate in the activity, including Mr. Shi Yuanqiang, Deputy Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles; Ms.Li Rong, Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Shandong Province and Executive Vice President of Shandong People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; Ms. Zhen Zhu, Deputy Director of Qingdao Foreign Affairs; Representatives from Qingdao-Long Beach Sister City Commission; Dr. Jeet Joshee， Associate Vice President of California State University, Long Beach; Ms. Zhou Hongyan, Director of the Office of International Affairs of Qingdao University of Technology. Mr.Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach City, was present via video recording.
In the joint witness of participants, Qingdao University of Technology and California State University, Long Beach signed a Letter of Intent on Cooperation, confirming the areas of friendly cooperation between the two sides. In the future both sides will promote strengthened cooperation in the fields of scientific research, teacher-to-teacher exchange, joint training, cultural exchanges and other areas.
Prior to this, QUT and CSULB have organized students to form pen pals for two consecutive years. They participated in the Longbeach-Qingdao Digital Pen Pal Program co-sponsered by the authorities of Qingdao-Long Beach Sister City Comission and received scholarship funding.
California State University, Long Beach is located in Long Beach Los Angeles, USA. Founded in 1949, CSULB is apublic comprehensive university with a high academic reputation. Embracing diverse academic fields, it combines 8 colleges and departments such as College of the Arts, College of Business， College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Natural Science and Mathematices etc. CSULB'sfeatured majors include accountancy, art, management, civil engineering, and communication studies. The university has nearly 30,000 registered students, ranking third in California and its prominent characteristics are interdisciplinary research, alocation in metropolis， and a teaching method that integrate practice into classroom learning.