Cape Breton University Announces First Needham Fellowship Recipient

Cape Breton University (CBU) is continuing to build its reputation in China with the announcement of its first Needham Fellowship recipient, Dr. Kang Wenze from the Heilongjiang Institute of Science and Technology, being made this week in Beijing, China.  Established in October 2011 by CBU President John Harker, the aim of the Fellowship is to encourage research interaction between China and Cape Breton and to recognize the pioneering work of Dr. Joseph Needham, who first promoted in the West an appreciation of Chinese Science.

“I am so pleased that Gordon MacInnis, Vice-President Finance and Operations, is in China this week to recognize Dr. Wenze with the first Needham Fellowship on behalf of Cape Breton University. Over the last number of years, CBU has worked to establish key relationships with post-secondary institutions and government bodies in China and to build on our long-standing partnerships in that country.  Our efforts in this area are proving to be successful as demonstrated by the close to 400 Chinese students studying at CBU and the two visits made last fall by Chinese delegations to learn about the interesting work being conducted at CBU’s Verschuren Centre. The Needham Fellowship will help drive a collaborative research agenda between the Verschuren Centre and Heilongjiang Institute for Science and Technology with a focus on clean carbon energy,” says CBU President John Harker.

A professor at Heilongjiang Institute of Science and Technology, Dr. Wenze has an extensive background in mining and technology research, ranging from the effect of ultrasonic treatment on the surface properties of coal slime to the flotation cyclone.  As part of the Fellowship, Dr. Wenze will spend a number of weeks in Cape Breton interacting with faculty and other researchers at the Verschuren Centre.

The Needham Fellowship at Cape Breton University is made possible through a generous donation by Dr. Brian Evans, Professor Emeritus of Chinese History, University of Alberta and Doctor of Letters, Cape Breton University. Dr. Evan’s has also donated a substantial collection of books on China to the CBU Library, including the 24 volume History of Science in China, written by Dr. Joseph Needham.

“Research being conducted by Dr. Wenze directly aligns with one of the Verschuren Centre’s strategic themes – clean carbon energy – making him a fitting candidate.  His acceptance of the Needham Fellowship speaks volumes to the importance of this collaborative opportunity and solidifies the vision of the Verschuren Centre to find solutions to environmental issues that resonate globally,” says Harker.

Beijing, China – June 14, 2012

The first Needham Fellowship Announcement Ceremony

Cape Breton University (CBU) Vice-President Finance & Operations Gordon MacInnis officially announced in Beijing the first Needham Fellowship, awarded to Dr. Kang Wenze, professor with the Heilongjiang Institute of Science and Technology, recommended by the Heilongjiang Provincial Administration of Coal Mine Safety.

The General Inspector of Training of International Cooperation Center of National Development and Reform Commission (ICC-NDRC), Mrs. Zhou Jing, the Deputy Director Mr. Lu Feng, and the Division Director of Training & HR, Mr. Zhao Dongbai of the Heilongjiang Provincial Administration of Coal Mine Safety also attended today’s ceremony.

Through the significant introduction by ICC-NDRC, Heilongjiang Provincial Administration of Coal Mine Safety has established a satisfactory cooperation with CBU since 2007. CBU’s LearnCorp international has sent experts to Heilongjiang to deliver trainings regarding coal mine safety and the Heilongjiang Administration arranged  for two delegations to visit CBU and participate in international conferences. CBU President John Harker has visited  the Heilongjiang Administration and met the Director General, Mr. Wang Quan, and his senior consultation group to discuss the strategic plan between two parties.

After the Announcement Ceremony,  MacInnis had an in-depth discussion with Mrs. Zhoujing and Mr. Lu Feng about the future direction of training for the Heilongjiang Administration. It is obvious that Heilongjiang has paid strong attention to the research areas of CBU’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, and in addition to coal mine safety, they also wish to learn more about advanced technology for mine water management, clean energy from coal, and renewable energy. They hope Dr. Kang will make a great contribution to the Centre and will foster an exchange of new thinking and technology for both sides.