UofG takes part in First Minister's China trade mission

Published: 10 April 2018

Senior figures from the University of Glasgow and other Scottish universities have joined the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on a visit to showcase Scottish business and build tourism and academic links.

A delegation of senior representatives from the University of Glasgow has been in China alongside the First Minister of Scotland and colleagues from other Scottish universities, to strengthen existing ties and forge new partnerships.‌

The visit included the signing of two important Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) - one with the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and another with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, both witnessed by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the University’s Vice Principal Internationalisation, Professor Jim Conroy.

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Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Regius Chair of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, along with Professor Andrew Biankin, Regius Chair of Surgery and Director of the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, attended a China Scotland Forum in Shanghai on Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Professor Dame Anna also attended a Life Sciences and Education Showcase in Hong Kong.‌

Prof Dame Anna said: “I am delighted to be in attendance with the First Minister on this very important and meaningful visit to China. With Scotland and the University of Glasgow continuing to lead in the field of precision medicine, this is an opportunity to strengthen links and forge new collaborations with our Chinese counterparts, in both industry and academia. Working together, there are many opportunities for our institution and two countries to form new research partnerships and connections in the fields of life sciences and healthcare.”MoU Hangzhou

Professor Conroy said: “By signing these Memoranda of Understanding, we recognise the importance of our relationship with Hanban and Nankai University, our partner in the Confucius Institute and the University of Glasgow-Nankai University Joint Graduate School with whom we are building for the future. We are also pleased to be signing an agreement with UESTC which, in developing a research institute, will build on our joint undergraduate school - equally looking to the future. Our engagement with our alumni and the Shangcheng District government in Hangzhou, with whom we are also signing an MoU, opens up new lines of collaboration.”‌

As part of the visit, University delegates also attended a meeting with the First Minister and the Chinese Ministry of Education; Professor Jane Duckett, Edward Caird Chair of Politics and International Dean for East Asia, took part in a joint Scottish Government and UNICEF social policy and health event.Shanghai ceilidh

A number of alumni events were held, including a ceilidh in Shanghai.


First published: 10 April 2018

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