Major posts set by Westlake University's board of trustees
96-year-old Yang Zhenning, also known as Chen-Ning Yang, Nobel Prize winning Chinese-American physicist and mathematician, has been appointed the honorary chair of Westlake University's board of trustees at its first meeting Monday.
51-year-old Shi Yigong, biology professor and former vice-President of Tsinghua University, has been elected President of the newly established institute.
Newly elected President of Westlake University, Shi Yigong, speaks after his inauguration following the first meeting of the institution's board of trustees, April 16, 2018. [Photo: Wechat/Capital News]
Donors of the university, such as Ma Huateng, chair of Tencent Holdings and Wang Jianlin, founder Dalian Wanda Group, are also included on the board.
Westlake University is a Hangzhou-based research-oriented institute funded by the private sector.
Located in the West Lake area of Zhejiang's capital, Westlake University has a mandate to focus on both basic academic research as well as cutting-edge disciplines, with the goal of training top-level talent in China.
An artist's impression of Westlake University's main campus. [File Photo: whb.cn]