Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China and Rice University (RU) in USA bear many similarities, both geographically and in terms of the emphasis each university places on science and technology. The complementary strengths with the strong relationship between the leadership at university level of both sides have presented an opportunity to create a virture research center that brings together faculty research clusters at both institutions and leverages the combined efforts to engage additional international faculty collaborations. Preliminary efforts for such collaboration have been made over the past several years, particularly in the area of Quantum Matter. This area is a frontier subject in physics and materials science, with major impacts on the science and technology of modern society.
On July 3, 2008, the Memorandum of Understanding between Zhejiang University and Rice University was signed by President Wei Yang and President David W. Leebron at Hangzhou. According to the Memorandum, an International Collaboration Center on Quantum Matter (ICC-QM) will be established on the Zhejiang University campus on October 2009. The goal of the ICC-QM is to enhance the long-term international research collaborations between Zhejiang University and Rice University, along with other leading international institutions in the broad area of quantum matter. The cooperation will include, but will not be limited to, collaboration in research, conducting join workshops, and mutual research visits among the faculty and students. Both universities agree to support efforts associated with the ICC-QM and seek the participation of other institutions in order to create a critical mass in sustaining a web of substantive collaborations among the individual participating research groups.
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