Western International

Past Visitors to Western

Below are some highlights of previous visits to Western from International partners and delegations.


August 13-14, 2013

President Amit Chakma signs agreement to collaborate on new biomedical imaging program

Amit Chakma, Western's President, signs an agreement with Professor Hongrui Wang, General Secretary of Hebei University, China, to collaborate on a new biomedical imaging program.
The delegation from Hebei University included:

  • Prof Xiuling Liu, Vice-dean of College of Electronics and information Engineering
  • Prof Guoyi Bai, PhD  chemistry
  • Prof Bin Dong, PhD  engineering
  • Prof Lixu Gu, Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and adjunct Professor, Hebei University

The delegation from Hebei University visited Robarts Research Institute, hosted by Terry Peters, Robarts imaging scientist. The collaboration was initiated from a long-term research relationship between Peters and Professor Lixu Gu, who was once a postdoctoral fellow in Peters' lab at Robarts. Read more about this story in Western News.

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July 22-23, 2013

Soochow University representatives on campus

  • Delegation from Soochow University, China
  • Xinghong Jiang, Vice President for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and International Affairs
  • Yi Zhou, Director, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Offic
  • Shilei Yan, Director, Division of Teaching Quality and Resource, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office
  • Xuexian Huang, Vice Dean, Kenneth Wang School of Law
  • Long Chen, Vice Dean, Phoenix Communication College
  • Yanqin Zhu, Vice Dean, School of Computer Science and Technology
  • Prof. Zhiqiang Ge, Vice Dean, School of Basic Medicine and Biological Science
  • Hong Zi, Coordinator, Research Training and Student Exchange, Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office

July 22-23, 2013

Nanjing Medical University visits Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry welcomed a group from Nanjing Medical University, including:

  • Professor Chen Qi - President of Nanjing Medical University
  • Professor Kong Xiangqing - Dean, the First School of Clinical Medicine
  • Professor Han Xiao – Dean, School of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Zhang Shenzhong - Vice Dean, Graduate School
  • Professor Gao Xingya - Director, Department of Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor Qiao Xuebin - Director, Department of Student Affairs
  • Professor Xu Shan – Director, International Cooperation and Exchange Office

May 15, 2013

Professor Zhu Xiulin, President of Soochow University with Ms. Zhu Lvhua, Program Manager of the International Office, Soochow University

  • Delegation from Soochow University, China
  • Meetings and lunch with Senior Administration and Faculty to discuss expanding partnerships. 
  • Delegation included: Professor Zhu Xiulin, President of Soochow University, with the Deans or Deputy Deans of Mathematical Sciences; Electronic Information; Physical Science & Technology; Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Material Sciences; Mechanical & Electric Engineering; along with the Director of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technics, Associate Dean of College of Nano Science and Technology, and the Director and Program Manager of the International Office.
  • Western and Soochow University established the Western University-Soochow University Centre for Synchrotron Radiation Research in China in November 2012

May 4 to 12, 2013

  • Dr. Thierry Monteil, France (Visiting University Scholar Program)
  • Host: Dr. Miriam Capretz, Faculty of Engineering

April 2013

Melvyn Goodale meets colleague from Astronaut Center of China

  • Representatives of the Astronaut Center of China
  • Host: Melvyn A. Goodale, Western's Brain and Mind Institute

March 17 to 29, 2013

  • Prof. Jessie Mbwambo, Tanzania (Visiting University Scholar Program)
  • Host: Prof. Katherine McKenna, Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research

January 29, 2013

  • Mr. Eiji Yamamoto, Consul General of Japan to Canada and Mr. Daisuke Nakamura, Vice-Consul of Japan to Canada
  • Public talk by Mr. Yamamoto "Japan in Asia & its Relations to Canada: Under the New Abe Administration"

January 20 to 26, 2013

  • Prof. Hugh Benson, U.S. (Visiting University Scholar Program)
  • Host: Prof. Devin Henry, Department of Philosophy

January 16 to February 10, 2013

  • Dr. Elizabeth T. Murakami, U.S. (Visiting University Scholar Program)
  • Host: Dr. Susan Rodger, Faculty of Education

January 7 to 14, 2013

  • Lic. Estuardo La Torre Calvera, Peru (Visiting University Scholar Program)
  • Host: Dr. Jean-Francois Millaire, Department of Anthropology



December 7, 2012

  • Julang Pujianto, Indonesian Consul General and Sudarsono Soedirlan, Consul for Social & Cultural

November 7, 2012

  • Peter Friedrich, Minister of Bundesrat, European and International Affairs, Germany
  • Visit to discuss collaborations with Baden-Wuerttemberg at Western, and visit to the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research 

October 26, 2012

  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Schaefer, Vice-Rector of Academic & International Affairs, Dresden University of Technology
  • Meeting with Faculty of Psychology to discuss potential collaborations

October 22, 2012

  • Prof. Anne Anderson, Vice-Principal & Head of College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • One day visit to discuss potential collaborations between Western and University of Glasgow, including possibilities for undergraduate student exchange

October 17 & 18, 2012

  • Africa Institute Symposium: True Partnerships with Africa & dinner for international delegates Hosted Ambassadors and High Commissioners and Consuls General from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Tanzania
  • Also hosted Vice-Chancellors  and representatives  from the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Aga Khan University, University of Zambia, University for Development Studies (Ghana)

October 3, 2012

  • Visit by University of Konstanz, Germany, led by Dr. Ulrich Rudiger, President
  • Celebration of OBW Student and Faculty Exchange Program and exploratory visit to develop collaborations in Science, Social Sciences and Department of English

September 24, 2012

  • Visit of Prof. Giancarlo Spinelli, Rector’s Deputy for International Networks and Dr. Francesca Fogal, International Relations, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Visit to discuss expanding our existing dual degree agreement with the Faculty of Engineering

August 28, 2012

  • Visit by Farzana Karim Haji, Director, International Partnerships, Aga Khan University
  • Exploratory visit to develop collaborations with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western Heads East, International Learning, Teaching & Learning, Science & Social Sciences

July 25,2012

  • Soochow University Lab Training on Structure of the University and the Budgeting Process, Management and Maintenance of Resources, Lab Safety Management, Facility Management and tours of labs on campus

July 4, 2012

  • Dr. Cristovam Diniz, Associate Professor of the Institute of Biological Sciences, Head fo the Laboratory for Investigations in Neurodegeneration  and Infection, Federal University of Pará, Brazil
  • Public talk: The Educational Profile of the Amazonian Region and the Importance of Long-Term International Cooperative Research Projects

May 28, 2012

  • Delegation from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana
  • One day visit to discuss potential collaboration between Western and KNUST

April 23, 2012

  • Delegation from Nanchang University led by the President of the university
  • Collaboration between the Department of Oncology and Cancer Research Lab Program

March 26-27, 2012

  • His Excellency Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France in Canada
  • Public talk: France: Study & Discovery. From Pasteur to Airbus, Mathematics to Neuroscience. Innovating and Working Together.
  • Delegation from Aix-Marseille University, the French Embassy in Ottawa and the French Consulate in Toronto
  • Hosted by Western International and Research Development & Services

March 21, 2012

  • His Excellency Ljuben Tevdovski, Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia
  • Public talk: The Dilemma of NATO Enlargement: What Can Canada do to Strengthen NATO?
  • Co-hosted by Western International, the Departments of Political Science and History

March 12 - 24, 2012

  • Prof. Shirley Randell, Director, Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali Institute of
  • Education, Rwanda (VUSP)
  • Public talk: Women Through the Ages and Sustainable Empowerment:  The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution.
  • Co-hosted by Western International, the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and The Africa Institute

February 1, 2012

  • Dr. Aziz Ezzat Elsayed, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Vice-President for Education and Quality Assurance, Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Exploratory visit to develop collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering