On the occasion of the visit of the Honourable Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, leading a Business Mission to China of Canadian Premiers and Business and Education Leaders, Dr. Li Yong-Wang, General Manager of China Synfuels Company Ltd. joined H. John Harker, President & Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University (CBU) and Dr. Ross McCurdy, Chief Executive Officer of CBU’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 15 in Beijing, China, witnessed by Premier Darrell Dexter.
The MOU establishes a framework for CBU and China Synfuels to develop a definitive collaboration agreement that will lead to the establishment of a Synfuels R&D Laboratory at The Verschuren Centre. A number of the following activities will be included in the agreement:
- Explore the possibilities for developing joint research programs and collaborations.
- Foster a strong working relationship and partnership toward energy security through collaborative efforts on the commercialization of synthetic fuels.
President Harker said, “This agreement is the culmination of months of discussion and negotiation and builds on CBU’s strong positioning in China which has seen a significant number of students studying at CBU, industry training, government liaison and now industrial research.” He went on to say, “This is the type of industrial research which could have a significant impact on the economy of Nova Scotia and indeed the world, all emanating from research at CBU.”
Cape Breton University was the first Canadian university to open its own office in Beijing in 2007.