China grant to boost UofG imaging research

A major grant from the Chinese government will support an international research collaboration in optoelectronic imaging between the University of Glasgow and Nanjing University of Science and Technology.

The project, ‘Advanced Optoelectronic Imaging Theory and Technology Base’, will support studies of advanced theory and technology in optoelectronic imaging. It is a partnership between Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Delft University of Technology and the University of Glasgow.John Marsh

Eleven optoelectronics experts from around the world, including researchers at the start of their careers as well as leading professors, will partner with academics in China to carry out research in optoelectronic imaging, encompassing topics ranging from advanced theory to device development and system integration. Academics from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the University of Glasgow, in the UK make up the international team.

The Chinese expert group includes Professor Qian Chen, Professor Xuefeng Liu, and Professor Lianfa Bai of Nanjing University of Science and Technology. Professor John Marsh, Dean University of Glasgow UESTC, will lead the international team of experts.

It is one of only 50 global projects chosen by China’s 111 Programme, which is aimed at developing the country’s scientific research through international partnerships. The 111 Programme is implemented jointly by the Ministry of Education and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. This project is supported by 9 M RMB of funding over 5 years and may be renewed for a further 5 years.

Strengthening the exchange of ideas 

Professor Marsh said: “This is an outstanding platform for boosting our University’s international collaborations with China. It will enhance cooperation and strengthen the exchange of scientific, technological and educational ideas between our University and Nanjing University of Science and Technology”.

The project will span five years and academics will visit China two to three times a year, depending on the nature of the research. Professor Marsh will travel to Nanjing in the near future to work with his Chinese counterparts in planning the programme.

Nanjing University of Science & Technology (NJUST), founded in 1953, is one of the key universities in China under the guidance of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. It is listed in the first group of universities chosen to be part of China’s “211 Project”, which is designed to develop a hundred first-rate universities during the 21st century. The university has over sixty years experienceh in providing inspiring and broadened-horizon education. It has become a multi-disciplinary university comprising academic fields including: science, engineering, liberal arts, economics, business, management, law and education.

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First published: 2 December 2016