The 1st TUM-Beihang Virtual Forum on Aerospace Engineering was held online from July 28 to 31. Jointly organized by Beihang University and Technical University of Munich (TUM), the forum was attended by over 100 representatives from the two universities. The four-day forum included an open-ceremony, sub-forums and a closing ceremony.
The open-ceremony kicked off on the afternoon of July 28, and was addressed by Huang Haijun, Vice President of Beihang and Juliane Winkelmann, Senior Vice President of TUM.
Huang Haijun made a overview of the fruitful cooperation results achieved since 2007 when the two sides formed partnership. He hoped that the forum can boost more in-depth cooperation and academic exchanges between the two universities.
Prof. Winkelmann said that online forums will provide a good platform for communications among international scholars considering that the COVID-19 outbreak posts new challenges for international cooperation of higher education. She also expected the normalization of a novel cooperation model for scientific and educational cooperation in the post-epidemic era.
Besides, Li Deyu, Director of International Division at Beihang, and Philip Miessner, Head of Global Engagement Division at TUM, briefly introduced Beihang and TUM, respectively. Prof. Wen Dongsheng, Dean of the School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering at Beihang University and Florian Hozapfel, Professor of the School of Aerospace Engineering at TUM, talked about the development of aerospace programs in Beihang and TUM, respectively.
During July 29 and 30, four sub-forums on the themes of “Dynamics, Guidance, Navigation, Control and Safety”, “Thermodynamics, Combustion and Propulsion”, “On-Demand Mobility and Transport Modeling, Vision and Image Processing” and “Aviation, Aircraft Design, Aerodynamics” were held. Professors from the two sides discussed about their research topics and conceived possible cooperation plans.
The closing ceremony took place on the afternoon of July 31 with chairmen of the four sub-forums giving concluding remarks. The forum came to an end as Wen Dongsheng and Michael Klimke, Managing Director of Department of Aerospace and Geodesy delivered closing speeches.
The 1st TUM-Beihang Virtual Forum on Aerospace Engineering, which lays a good foundation for the in-depth scientific and educational cooperation between Beihang and TUM, represents the first step towards normalization of updated academic exchange and cooperation model and plays a significant role in strengthening partnership between the two sides.
Founded in 1868, TUM is a world-class research university famous for disciplines of natural sciences and engineering. In the QS World University Rankings 2021, TUM has risen to the 50th position. TUM is an important strategic partner for Beihang. Since the partnership began, the two sides have carried out effective cooperation on scientific research and talent cultivation.
Reported by Gao Yuan and Fan Hang
Reviewed by Li Deyu
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Xiong Ting