The Elsevier Foundation funds first university-wide professorship in China

Tsinghua University receives funding for professorship in science and technology.

New York, 15 October 2004 - The Elsevier Foundation has endowed a chair in science and technology at Tsinghua University, China’s top research university, located in Beijing. One of the main purposes of this initiative is to assist in the integration of science coming out of Chinese institutions with the work of scientists based in other countries. This is to be done by developing further international collaborative projects and engaging in the development of related scientific communications. This professorship is a “first” for two reasons: 1) it is the first such award made by the Elsevier Foundation to any university; and 2) it is the first university-wide professorial appointment in China. The professorship will be named the “Elsevier Science and Technology University Professor” to emphasize its scientific and technical breadth and depth.

China is committed to the development of science and technology and the national spending on scientific research is doubling almost every four years. By 2010 it is anticipated that only the USA will produce more scientific papers in international journals. Tsinghua University has more papers registered in top scientific journals than any other Chinese university and is widely acknowledged for its excellence in many fields including engineering and applied sciences. The quality of papers from China, measured in terms of impact factors, is increasing rapidly. These developments also help fuel the strengthening of Chinese industry and its capability to contribute to the international economy while enhancing quality of life within China.

Professor Gavriel Salvendy of Purdue University and Full Chair of Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua has been instrumental in progressing this initiative and gaining support from the Elsevier Foundation. He comments "The Elsevier Foundation has established this professorship at a very opportune time when Tsinghua University's goal is to become a leading international university. To this end, its priority is to develop collaborative research with the world's leading scientists and engineers, which would further be accelerated by the establishment of this professorship."

By endowing the chair for three years, the Elsevier Foundation is able to contribute to the further integration of China within the world of science and indeed thereby the world economy to help provide for a more stable and prosperous future globally.

Paul Evans, Vice President, Science & Technology, Elsevier, China comments, “It is excellent to see the Elsevier Foundation engaged in supporting Tsinghua University’s efforts to reach out and work with the world of science. This comes at a time when the company is working hard with key professors at the university to help coordinate academic experts working on our journals inside and outside China to develop further the quality of content for use worldwide.”

“We were very excited when we first received this forward-looking and very innovative grant proposal. Part of the Elsevier Foundation's mission is to support intercultural and multidisciplinary exchange in science and the Professorship at Tsinghua promises to do just that. Clearly this is an important step in strengthening and expanding Chinese science and technology for the future,” said John Regazzi, Chairman of the Elsevier Foundation.

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About Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is the top ranking university in scientific and engineering in China and is listed first in the National Evaluation of Chinese Graduate Schools. The university currently has 2877 teachers, with1069 full professors and 1087 associate professors, including 32 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 24 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Among the over 100,000 students who have graduated from Tsinghua are many outstanding scholars, eminent entrepreneurs and great Chinese statesmen. Presently, Tsinghua has over 26,000 students, including 4214 doctoral candidates. With its wealth of research resources, prestigious faculty members and reputation for excellence, Tsinghua University is poised to become a world-class university of the 21st century. With the inspiring motto "Self-discipline and Social Commitment," Tsinghua is dedicated to the well being of Chinese society.

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About the Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation is a knowledge-centered, corporate foundation making grants and contributions throughout the world. A reflection of its culturally rich, global organization, the Foundation was founded and is funded by Elsevier.

Created in 2002, the Elsevier Foundation supports the many local communities where Elsevier employees live and work, as well as the broader scientific, technical, and medical communities Elsevier serves.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Contact:

Eric Merkel-Sobotta
The Elsevier Foundation
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e.merkelsobotta@elsevier.com