On July 15, 2011, a seeing-off ceremony was held for the first group of scientists who will carry out cooperative research in Mississippi State University (MSU).
JAAS President Yan Shaohua, Vice Presidents Lu Xiaoxi and Chang Youhong were invited to the meeting and made important speeches. Chiefs of JAAS administrative sectors, directors of on-campus institutes and the ten scientists to the U.S. attended the meeting.
President Yan hoped the scientists to avail themselves of the opportunity to study the top-notch research methods, enhance the ability of international communication and broaden their horizon, especially in American society and agriculture. Vice President Lu Xiaoxi spoke highly of the support provided by the on-campus research institutes, reviewed the scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation between JAAS and MSU, and wished a complete success to the ten scientists. Vice President Chang Youhong proposed the cultivation of top talents. Not only sophisticated research skills are needed, but also talent quality, especially in scientific research should be emphasized. Other directors expressed their encouragements to the scientists.
The meeting wrapped up in English poem reading by the ten scientists. The poem was written by the ten scientists to express their gratitude to all the efforts made by JAAS directors and relevant departments.