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On October 29, a delegation headed by Mr. Marc Van Peel, Vice mayor of City of Antwerp & Chairman of Antwerp Authority paid a visit to SMU, Prof. Yu Shicheng, President of SMU, Prof. Jin Yongxing, Vice President of SMU and leaders of relative departments gave a warm reception to the guests.
During the meeting, Prof. Yu Shicheng, President of SMU extended his warm welcome to the guests. He gave an introduction of the development of SMU, the achievements of maritime education. Prof. Yu expressed that SMU had always devoted to developing itself into a world-class maritime university. Mr. Marc Van Peel, expressed that the Shanghai Port and the Antwerp Port are both world-class ports, we should learn from each others experiences. He hoped that the University of Antwerp and SMU could build up a cooperation relationship and cultivate international maritime talents together.
On the same day, the Guest Professor Appointment Ceremony was held for Mr. Marc Van Peel. Prof. Yu Shicheng, President of SMU awarded the appointment letters to Mr. Marc Van Peel. Following that, Mr. Marc Van Peel gave a lecture entitled The Development of Port- on New Challenges and Management. He gave an introduction to the history, management of the Antwerp Port, he also mentioned how to deal with the difficulties and challenges under the background of international navigation recession. More than 200 teaching staff and students had attended the lecture. After the lecture, Mr. Marc Van Peel made active communication with the audiences.
The delegation visited the Maritime Simulation Center, library, and toured around the SMU campus.