Delegates from Bondholder the University of Derby are visiting China this week as part of the Midlands Engine initiative to further strengthen collaborations with the country, in particular in Shanghai and Hefei.
The Midlands Engine initiative aims to boost economic growth across the Midlands through enhanced trade and investment with China, which has the world’s second biggest economy and largest population.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs, Professor Judith Lamie, Professor of Distributed Computing, Lu Liu and Professor Paul Stewart, Director of Innovation are among the representatives taking part in the initiative.
Professor Lamie said: “We are strongly committed to developing mutually beneficial collaborations and working closely with businesses and universities in China.
“The higher education sector is becoming increasingly internationalised, which is why trips like this are integral to support our international strategy.
Earlier this year, representatives from the University visited China as part of a ministerial delegation led by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. During this visit the University developed agreements with Anhui University and Hefei University. Delegates from these universities have since visited Derbyshire resulting in agreements being signed between the institutions.
The focus of the visit for the University will be to continue to develop relationships with Anhui and Hefei Universities and local businesses.