The University of Birmingham will be organising a series of Lectures, Seminars and other events to help promote our engagement with China.
You can find updates and news on these events below.
Join the debate - British Council 2014 UK-China Student Forum
The British Council are offering eight lucky students from the UK a free trip to Beijing, China from 19 – 24 April 2014 to participate in the British Council 2014 UK-China Student Forum. For a chance to participate, please follow the instructions below.
The Forum is looking for UK students with a global outlook to join Chinese students in Beijing to voice opinions on issues related to education, employment and global citizenship. Through group discussions, workshops, keynote presentations and wrap-around activities, participants will exchange views with eight Chinese student counterparts and will conclude with a live discussion on 22 April 2014 at a university location in Beijing.
How to apply
For a chance to participate, simply answer the question: How can our education better prepare us to compete in an increasingly globalised world? in no more than 500 words.
Email your response to: firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘UK-China Student Forum’ in the subject line.
Please include your: full name, email address, university and degree course.
Please attach a copy of your CV
Deadline: 23 March 2014
Applicants must be
UK university students (British passport holders only, including Irish passport holders for Northern Ireland domiciled);
age 18 and above
able to travel to China during 19 – 24 April
The British Council will cover all costs related to the trip, including return flights and accommodation.
China Finance Internal Workshop - 12 March 2014
Event: China Finance Internal Workshop
Venue: Room 112, Muirhead Tower
The University is committed to developing our international engagement. A key element of this has been our developing activities in China in which many of us have been involved over a number of years. As a result we now have over numerous ongoing research projects in China and plans are in place to develop more educational programmes with Chinese Universities. As we have discovered, doing business in China is complicated due to a number of factors, which include:
Distance from the UK
Complexity of Chinese legislation
Different cultural approaches
This series of workshop organised by our Finance Office will help address these issues. Also colleagues from the International Relations and DABE will cover the following.
UoB structures around China engagement
Examples of how activity has been set up already by UoB
Operational matters to consider
Contractual and financial considerations
Please note that these internal workshops are for University of Birmingham staff only.
Ruinscape and Slumscape: Picturing History and Violence in Global East Asia - Dr.Tong Lam
Date: Monday 12 May 2014,
Venue: Hospitality Suite, Muirhead Tower
This talk analyzes the politics and aesthetics of dystopian imagery in the age of global capitalism. The two cases under examination are Xiancun, an urban village facing forced demolition in Guangzhou, China and Hashima, an industrial wasteland in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. In spite of their apparent differences, the slumscape of Xiancun and the ruinscape of Hashima are useful sites to reflect on the spectacle of history and violence in the conventional and new media, as well as to think about the possibilities of practicing critical history in today’s new visual economy.
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Shuang Zhang - 27 February 2014
The inaugural lecture by Professor Shuang Zhang entitled Metamaterial - Rewriting the Rules for Optics will take place on the 27th February 2014
Venue: Lecture theatre 117, Physics West Building, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
For more information and to register for this lecture, please visit the college events page.
Chinese New Year Networking Lunch - 31 January 2014
Date: Friday 31st January 2014 - 12:15 - 14:00
Location: Bramall Music Building - Rotunda
Friday 31 January 2014 was the Chinese New Year Eve. The China Institute hosted a networking event attended by university staff, academics, students and external companies with an interest in China.
The event was attended by nearly 100 guests and started with a speech and presentation by Peter Clack, the Director of International Relations.
The presentation covered aspects of our engagement with China including information on the value of our major research projects.
The total research value for the major joint research projects in health and medicine and service industry is approximately £3.4 million.
The total research value for major joint research projects in railway, energy, smart grid, intelligence computing and its applications, advance manufacturing, is £4.14 million.
The total research value for joint projects awaiting for grant approval in energy and intelligence computation and its applications, is £3.8 million
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Hanshan Dong - 21 January 2014
The inaugural lecture by Professor Hanshan Dong, Professor of Surface Engineering in the School of Metallurgy & Materials will be taking place on the 21st January 2014.
Time: 17:15 - 19:00 followed by a reception
Location: G33 Mechanical/Civil Engineering Building (reception in the Shell Lounge)
For more details about this lecture and to register for this event, please visit the college events page.
Economic success and financial inadequacy: The Chinese puzzle
An inaugural lecture by by Professor Alessandra Guariglia
Date: Wednesday 4th December at 16.30-17.30 - followed by a drinks
Location: G15, Main Lecture Theatre, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham (R21 on the campus map)
Professor Guariglia will discuss how China has been growing at phenomenal rates over the last two decades. Yet, its financial system is relatively underdeveloped. This constitutes a puzzle: looking at countries world-wide, it is observed that those with the fastest growth rates are also those with the best functioning financial systems. Professor Guariglia will propose a number of explanations to this puzzle, ranging from firms’ ability to generate large profits that they can re-invest facilitating growth, to their tendency to team up with foreign firms in order to indirectly acquire external equity.
Alessandra Guariglia received her PhD from Boston University. She is currently a Professor of Financial Economics and Head of the Departments of Economics at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that, she has worked at the Universities of Essex, Kent, Nottingham, and Durham. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance and the European Journal of Finance. Her research interests are in the areas of financial economics and macroeconomics. Specifically, the focus of her research is on the links between macroeconomic activity and finance and on the economics of transition in China. She has published a range of papers including articles in the Journal of Development Economics; Journal of International Economics; Journal of Banking and Finance; Journal of Comparative Economics; Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice; Economics Letters; Economica; Oxford Economic Papers; Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics; and Econometrics Journal.
Places are limited so registration is necessary. To reserve your place or for further details visit the events page
If you have difficulty in using this link, please use this address: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/departments/economics/events/2013/december/alessandra-guariglia-inaugural-lecture.aspx
MBA taster lecture at Jinan University supported by the European Chamber of Commerce China, 13 Nov 2013
Jinan University (JNU) in Guangzhou is one of UoB’s key strategic partner institutions. UoB launched the new Birmingham-Jinan MBA programme in July this year, and Prof Simon Collinson, Head of Birmingham Business School, and Prof Derek Condon, Director of MBA, gave a taster lecture at students at JNU on 13 November. The event was jointly supported by the European Chamber of Commerce in China, JNU, and UoB Guangzhou Centre. For more details of the event please visit the European Chamber website.
Guangzhou Municipal Government Visit enhanced University’s key strategic partnership with Guangzhou, 23 Oct 2013
Two years after the launch of the University of Birmingham’s collaborative centre in Guangzhou, Vice- Mayor Wang Dong led a delegation of senior government officials and industry representatives visited UoB on 23 October to expand the strategic partnership between the City and the University.
The Vice-Mayor met Vice-Chancellor Professor David Eastwood signed an agreement to deepen and widen collaboration between the two partners. To date, the strategic partnership has supported the development of four significant joint research projects in Guangzhou in the areas of health and life sciences. Five further research projects focused on advanced engineering and manufacturing will commence in January 2014. For more details please visit our news page.
Inaugural Lecture - Is China too big to fail? - 23 October 2013
'Is China too big to fail? An economic and environmental perspective'
Speaker: Professor Rob Elliot - Department of Economics
Time: Wednesday 23rd October at 16.30-17.30 followed by a drinks reception
Location: G15, Main Lecture Theatre, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham
Places are limited so registration is necessary.
To reserve your place or for further details visit Professor Rob Elliott inaugural lecture
Professor Rob Elliott joined the Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham in September 2003. Having obtained a BA (Economics) and MA (Economics) at the Universities of Leicester and Essex, he studied for a PhD with Professor David Greenaway, Dr. Peter Wright and Robert Hine at the University of Nottingham.
Professor Elliot is currently Head of Department and Programme Director for BSc Money Banking and Finance (MBF); Prof. Elliott’s main research covers empirical international trade, environmental, development and labour economics under the broad umbrella of ‘the Economics of Globalisation’
UoB joined UK Government Delegation to China to Boost Research and Development, 16-17 Oct 2013
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Edward Peck joined a UK government delegation led by Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, on a high profile trade visit to Shenzhen and Guangzhou in middle of October. The two-day trip enhanced UoB’s engagement with research and businesses partners and showcased its research excellence. During the visit David Willetts visited one of UoB’s major research projects in Guangzhou, the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study with local partner Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Centre. For more details pleasevisit the University news page.
Guest Lecture by Professor Robert Bickers - Wednesday 2nd October
China Institute Associated Event
'World in motion: Professional circuits through 19th-century China'
Venue: Rodney Hilton library (3rd floor, Arts building)
Robert Bickers, professor of history at Bristol and director of the British Inter-University China Centre will be delivering a guest lecture at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 2nd October.
Professor Bickers specialises in modern China, and the history of colonialism, and in particular of the British empire and its relations with China and the history of Shanghai (1843-1950s). Work in this field includes the books Britain in China (1999), and Empire Made Me: An Englishman adrift in Shanghai (2003), and The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 (2011). His interest in the world of British colonialism more broadly underpins the new volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire companion series that he has edited on British communities across the worlds of formal and informal empire. He is also interested in cemeteries and photographs and their post-colonial lives, clipper ships, lighthouses and meteorology in China.
He is Director of the British Inter-university China Centre, has been a Co-Director of the AHRC-funded REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub, and led an ESRC-funded project, 'Colonialism in comparative perspective: Tianjin under nine flags' (2008-11). He directs the 'Visualising China' initiative, and its underlying Historical Photographs of China digitisation programme. He also formely ran an AHRC-funded project on the history of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service.
For further information please contact Ben White
Generation UK scholarships Workshop – 30th October 2013
The Generation UK campaign aims to see at least 15,000 UK students going to China between 2013 and 2016, supported by the British Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The campaign supports the UK Government’s agenda by promoting outward student mobility to foster the competitiveness of the UK and to develop a new generation of globally mobile, culturally agile young people who can succeed and compete in an increasingly borderless marketplaceGeneration UK also offers funded internship placements and scholarships for academic study for UK students to gain international experience in China, supported by the Department for Education and Learning, Northern Ireland. This year three Birmingham students have been awarded Generation UK scholarships to study in China from September 2013. There will be a Generation UK workshop on campus, jointly organised by the China Institute and the British Council, China, on 30 October 2013.
Guest Lecture – Hepatitis Research in China, 19th September 2013
Hepatitis B and C viruses are a major global health problem resulting in progressive liver disease, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC is the most common liver malignancy, with an estimated 750,000 new cases and 695,000 deaths per year, rating third in incidence and mortality in the world. Whilst incidence and mortality for other common cancers are declining, this tumour represents an increasing significant public health problem. Despite advances in HCC treatment, most patients die within one year of diagnosis, largely due to recurrence and metastases. In China, there is big population of Hepatitis B and C patients (HPB&HPC). Professor Huang and Professor Peng are experts in the anti-viral research and will talk about their on-going advanced finding in these fields and potential collaboration with our excellent liver research group in our university. All the PIs, senior researcher, post-docs and PhD students from virology research areas will benefit from this seminar and could identify common research interest.
University of Birmingham launches new railway research institute in China
2013 UK-China Strategic Workshop on Smart Grids at Birmingham - 18th July
Shaping the New Energy Industrial Revolution
Leading figures across industry, science and government gathered in the 2013 UK-China strategic workshop on smart grids at the University of Birmingham between 17th and 18th July to further UK-China partnerships in sustainable energy and smart grid technologies.
The workshop was organised by the University of Birmingham, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering, and sponsored by the University of Birmingham China Institute and UK Energy Research Centre. The workshop builds upon the success of the 2010 meeting which led to three significant joint UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSPRC) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) research calls.
Smart grids have emerged as an important platform for China to realise its demanding energy targets, and research and development in this area is a national priority. China’s 12th five-year plan expresses its aim to invest $45 billion dollars in smart grids over five years as part of the wider $250 billion dollar investment in its power grid. The University of Birmingham has established strong research links with Chinese partners for developments between the UK and China in driving the low carbon transition.
The VC of the University, Professor David Eastwood gave the opening speech. He pointed out: “with the rapid global growth in demand for energy, the global cooperation in low-carbon economy is facing unprecedented opportunities to deal with the challenges.” He said: “the Workshop held at the University of Birmingham is very timely to lay a good foundation for long-term cooperation between the UK and China in developing sustainable energy and smart grid construction.”
The workshop co-chairs are Professor Richard Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and Mr Feng Chen, Vice President of State Grid Corporation of China and Executive Vice President of Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering. The Workshop co-chair Professor Richard Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, he said: “As global demand for power continues to soar, the need for international collaboration to pave the way for the low carbon economy has never been greater. Research expertise at Birmingham complements China’s robust commitment to developing its smart grid capacity. This influential workshop will, unquestionably, deliver meaningful UK-China partnerships in sustainable energy and smart grids to address the energy challenges of the future, and we are proud to play a leading role.”
The workshop covers topics from smart grids, wind energy generation and energy storage to energy markets and smart information systems, etc. Speakers include Honorary President of State Grid China Electric Power Research Institute (China EPRI, SGCC) Professor Xiao-Xin Zhou and Honorary President of State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (SGEPRI, SGCC) Professor Yusheng Xue, Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Professor Sir Michael Sterling, and Executive Director of UKERC Professor John Loughhead, as well as senior figures from Alstom, E.ON UK, Chiltern Power and the National Grid.
Three UoB students awarded China Government Scholarships – 19 July 2013
We are delighted that three students from the University of Birmingham have been awarded the China Government Scholarships to study in Nanjing University, Sun Yat-sen University and Shanghai Jiaotong University for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the areas of Archaeology, Ancient History, and Chemical Engineering. A celebration reception was held in the Chinese Embassy London on 19th July and Ms Angela Turton, Head of International Mobility gave a speech at the event on behalf of the University.
Sun Yat-sen University’s visit to University of Birmingham – 15 Jul 2013
A delegation from Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) led by SYSU’s President Prof XU Ningsheng visited the University of 15 July 2013. SYSU is one of UoB’s strategic partners in Guangzhou. A agreement has been signed to deepen collaborations in areas of medical sciences.
2013 UK-China Strategic Workshop on Smart Grids – 17-18 July 2013
The University of Birmingham recently hosted the 2013 UK-China Strategic Workshop on Smart Grids which was organised by the University of Birmingham, UKERC and Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE)
Sponsored by the University of Birmingham China Institute and UKERC.
Built upon the success of the 2010 UK-China Strategic Workshop on Smart Grids, the main objectives of the 2013 UK-China Strategic Workshop on Smart Grids are to:
identify the energy areas of research priorities for the collaborations between the UK and China
facilitate partnerships between the UK and Chinese scientific and research and development communities leading to actual collaboration projects
explore new and innovative ways of promoting sustainable long term collaboration in smart grids and sustainable energy between the UK and China
Collaboration agreement with Wuhan University of Technology – 13 June 2013
A delegation led by Professor Liu Wei, Chairman of Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), visited Birmingham on 13 Jun 2013 and signed a teaching collaboration agreement with the College of Engineering, whereby students from WUT shall be considered for entry, with advanced standing to Year Two in a number of Engineering undergraduate programmes at UoB. This is the first formal agreement signed between the two institutions.
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Naomi Standen - 18 June 2013
Professor Naomi Standen, Professor of Medieval History in the College of Arts & Law will be delivering her inaugural lecture on "Ecology and Politics in Pre-modern Eastern Eurasia" on the 18th June 2013 as part of the China Institute Lecture Series.
University of Birmingham is awarded two Chinese government scholarships.
These awards will cover the Registration, Tuition, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Accomodation fees of students wishing to study in China.
Students without Chinese Language skills will be required to take 1 year of intensive Chinese Language studies before beginning their studies, making this a 2 year commitment for most students.
For further information please visit the China Scholarship Council (CSC) website
If you require further information, please contact Peter Jordan in the International Office.
Visit from Sun Yat-sen University, the First Affiliated hospital –15 March
Between 11th and 13th March, our college successfully welcomed a delegation from the first Affiliate hospital, which is attached to Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in China. The visit was led by the President, Professor Shenming Wang - and other three Vice-Presidents of the organisation too. Following the preliminary relations established in our first reciprocal visit with SYSU, Eric Jenkinson (Head of College), Professors Jon Frampton (College Director of R&KT), and Pamela Kearns (Director of the Birmingham CRCTU) hosted the deputation this time.
The itinerary included in-depth and detailed discussions with our leading researchers, to establish a joint Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) located in Guangzhou, and progress other mutual collaborations in the field of translational research. Staff working in all our CTUs (CRCTU, BCTU and PCCTU) presented their work and demonstrated our resources and extensive expertise to counterparts. The delegates were very impressed by our enormous experience and achievements in clinical trials. A provisional agreement has been reached to develop a joint CTU in the largest hospital of Guangzhou, and we hope this Unit will constitute a platform for more potential research collaborations with the University of Birmingham in the future. Accordingly we are currently forming a College working group for the strategic management of the partnership, and to ensure the delivery of real benefits to all participants.
You can see the full story on the Universities News Page.
For more information about our work with SYSU please contact our International Project Officer Junying Jia.
Chinese Buddhism and Intercultural Studies Symposium – 24 April 2013
Co-hosted by the Department of Theology and Religion and the China Institute in the University of Birmingham, the “Chinese Buddhism and Intercultural Studies Symposium” aims to establish dialogues between those who concern intercultural issues or textual studies related to Chinese religions. The discussion will be opened by Dr Kuan Guang from the Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS, University of London. Guang’s principle research interests lie in the field of history of Chinese Buddhism. In his earlier publication, he has reconstructed the history about the life of Sahajasrī, an Indian Buddhist missionary in Ming Dynasty whose influences are often overlooked. At the symposium, Guang will share his viewpoints on the necessity, difficulty and other issues involved in the translations of Chinese Buddhist texts, especially those belong to Wutai Shan Buddhism. In additional to the methodological concerns, he will also try to explain how this particular Buddhist sect may have shaped the practices of some Buddhist traditions in East Asia.
Other speakers at the symposium included:
Prof Jianda Wang (Zhejiang University): “What the Early Victorian Christian Socialists Can Say to China Today?”
Selena Su (University of Birmingham): “Missionaries and ‘Imperialism’: An Exploration of the Complexity of Missionary Roles in the Opium Wars in China”
Dr Wai Yip Wong (University of Birmingham): “On the Phenomenon of Multiple Religious Belonging in China”
China Institute Guest Lectures – Monday 18th March 2013
As part of the China Institute Series of Lectures, the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted 2 guest speakers to deliver a lecture on
“Power Engineering Research in Huazhong University of Science and Technology: smart grid and pulsed electromagnetics”
The lectures were held in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering on Monday 18th March 2013.
Bio of Guest Speaker - Professor Shijie Cheng （程时杰院士）
Shijie Cheng, IEEE Fellow, Fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He received B.Eng. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1967, M.Eng. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1981, and Ph.D. degree from University of Calgary, Canada in 1986. His research interests include smart grid, power system control, and stability analysis of power system.
Bio of Guest Speaker - Professor Xiaoming Yuan （千人计划专家袁小明教授）
Xiaoming Yuan, IEEE Senior member, Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. "Thousand-Talent" Chair Professor & "National Distinguished Expert"; Chief Scientist 973 National Key Basic Research Program on Renewables Integrations; Member of Expert Board 863 National High-Tech R&D Program for Advanced Energy. He received B.Eng. degree from Shangdong University, China in 1986, M.Eng. degree from Zhejiang University, China in 1993, and Ph.D. degree from Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil in 1998.
He was with Qilu Petrochemical Corporation from 1986 to 1990, where he was involved in the commissioning and testing of relaying and automation devices in power systems, adjustable speed drives, and high-power UPS systems. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Project Engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland, where he worked on flexible-ac-transmission-systems and power quality. From 2001, he was with GE Cooperate R&D and was Manager of the Low Power Electronics Laboratory based in Shanghai. In 2009, he was promoted to be the chief Engineer of GE Global R&D Center. In 2010, he joined Huazhong University of Science & Technology. Prof. Yuan published over 35 papers including 10 in IEEE Transaction and the one winning the first prize paper award from the Industrial Power Converter Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society in 1999. He also owned 25 US Patents, and several of them have been widely used in GE products. He researches on renewable power generation, Smart Grid and high power electronic conversion.
University of Birmingham in Guangzhou to develop next steps for strategic partnership
Senior representatives from the University of Birmingham are visited Guangzhou to enhance the institution’s extensive links with partners in the region.
Pro-Vice-Chancellors Professor Edward Peck and Professor Richard Williams met Mr Ma Zhengyong, Deputy Secretary General of the Guangzhou Municipal Government (GMG), affirming the long-term strategic partnership between the City and the University.
During the visit, discussions took place with GMG on the development of future research projects, for the next three years, in the fields of advanced engineering, new materials, railways and energy.
Since it commenced in 2011, the University of Birmingham-Guangzhou partnership has seen the launch of five significant joint research projects with work well underway.
The projects are:
The Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study in partnership with the Guangzhou Women and Children Medical Centre
The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study in partnership with Guangzhou No. 12 Hospital
The Birmingham-Guangzhou Brain Cognition Centre in partnership with Guangzhou No. 1 Hospital
Stem Cell Research on Liver Diseases in partnership with Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH)
Service Industry Study in partnership with Guangzhou University
Together with meetings with local partners relating to the five existing research projects, the University of Birmingham delegation will meet with representatives from South China University of Technologies (SCUT), Jinan University, Guangdong Department of Science and Technology, and the China Electrical Science Research Institute (CEI).
Professor Edward Peck, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham, said: “This latest visit demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to advancing our partnerships with Guangzhou and across the Pearl River Delta region. While working on the existing research projects, we are delighted to share further exciting research ideas. These would help Guangzhou to become a centre of research excellence in smart grids, clinical trials and regenerative medicine. In addition, an exchange between student Formula One-style racing teams from the two cities will begin."
Birmingham Professor awarded Honorary Citizen of Guangzhou award
Professor KK Cheng, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Guangzhou by the Guangzhou Municipal Government in recognition of his contribution to the City of Guangzhou in November 2012.
College of MDS visits Sun Yat-sen University
A delegation from the college of Medical and Dental Science visited Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou in the week of 19th November, 2012. It was a successful visit with many interesting and potential collaborations in many fields from education to researches. The delegation also visited the SYSU Medical School and its key state labs, 1st and 2nd affiliated hospitals, and our partner institution Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH).
Birminghams and Jiatong University collaboration awarded three-year grant.
The University of Birmingham’s joint application with Beijing Jiaotong University for the Sino-UK Higher Education Research Partnership for PhD studies has been successful with a 3-year grant from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of the British Government (BIS).
University of Birmingham launches new China Institute
The University of Birmingham’s China Institute celebrated its official opening this week (Thursday 13 December) in the presence of His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the UK.
The creation of the China Institute on the University’s Edgbaston campus reflects and facilitates its extensive links with China. The history of collaboration between China and the University spans over 100 years and last year it opened its most significant engagement in the country to date - the University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre.
Following the opening ceremony, Professor Frank Zhao (Zhao Fuquan), the Vice President of Geely Holdings China presented the inaugural China Institute guest lecture on ‘The China Automotive Industry – Today and Tomorrow’. The lecture will give an insight into the rapidly growing Chinese automotive sector and the opportunities and challenges it faces.
The China Institute will provide an umbrella structure for the numerous China interests on the Edgbaston campus. Its activities will include coordinating an annual lecture series to promote a greater understanding of China and its place in the world, hosting incoming visits from Chinese partners, providing a central source for information on the University’s engagement with China, and encouraging inter-disciplinary research across campus that focuses on China.
Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said: “Our China Institute marks an important milestone in our longstanding relationship with China. Last year we opened our landmark centre in Guangzhou. This year in creating the China Institute we are reaffirming Birmingham’s deep and robust commitment to engagement with the country.”
Professor Edward Peck, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences has been appointed as Chair of the China Institute.
Professor Peck added: “Every College of the University is engaging in meaningful collaborations with Chinese partners. The China Institute will bring together this broad spectrum of research, providing a central hub for the numerous, and growing, China interests across the Edgbaston campus. We are delighted to welcome both the Chinese Ambassador and Professor Zhao to celebrate the official launch."
13th December 2012 – China Institute Launch Event
The China Institute launch event will take place on the 13th December 2012.
It is our great honour that His Excellency Mr LIU Xiaoming, the Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy of London, will attend the event and launch the China Institute together with Professor David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.
We are delighted to confirm that the first guest lecture will be delivered by Professor Frank Zhao, the Vice President of Geely Holdings China on “The China Automotive Industry – Today and Tomorrow”.
See below for a summary of Professor Zhao’s lecture and biography.
Professor Frank Zhao: The China Automotive Industry – Today and Tomorrow
During the last ten years, the Chinese automotive industry has experienced rapid growth. Domestic market sales are expected to reach 20 million units this year. Almost all the key players worldwide are fighting in this exciting market to gain a large piece of the pie. Where will this market go in the future? Will it continue to grow as in the past? How can the Chinese local brands compete with those foreign giants? Will Chinese-built vehicles be exported to developed markets as is the case for developing countries? How do Chinese consumer preferences compare with those of Western customers? How can the Chinese automotive industry cope with the increasing pressure of energy shortages? What is the status of technological development in car electrification? What are the key technologies that attract most of the Chinese customers? How do suppliers do business in China? This lecture will address many of the issues that the western automotive industry is curious to learn about from a Chinese auto executive perspective!
Professor Zhao Fuquan joined the Geely Group on 17 November 2006 as an Executive Director. Dr. Zhao is also a Vice President of Geely Holding, Head of Zhejiang Geely Technology Centre, President of Zhejiang Geely Automobile Research Institute Limited and President of Zhejiang Automotive Engineering Institute. Dr. Zhao was granted a Doctorate in Engineering Science from Hiroshima University in Japan and had years of on-the-job working experience in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Prior to joining Geely Holding, Dr. Zhao was the research executive of technical affairs of Daimler Chrysler and Vice President of Shenyang Brilliance JinBei Automobile Company Limited and General Manager of its Research and Development Centre. Dr. Zhao, one of the main authors in international automobile magazines, has written 5 English books and has published more than 100 academic dissertation papers on automobile technology. Dr. Zhao has been awarded many patents in his career and has won many prizes and awards. Dr. Zhao was accredited as a Fellow by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in April 2006. Dr. Zhao is currently a part-time professor in Tsinghua University, Jilin University, Tongji University and several other leading Chinese universities
29 November 2012 – delegation led by the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Guangzhou Municipality visits University of Birmingham
On Thursday 29 November, the University of Birmingham hosted a visit of 20 delegates from the from Bureau of Civil Affairs of Guangzhou Municipality. Led by Deng Jianqing, Vice Director General of the Bureau, the visit was to learn about the role of non-governmental organisations in Britain. The event was organised by Professors Matthew Hilton and Nicholas Crowson, lead investigators on the Leverhulme-Trust Funded project, ‘NGOs in Britain’. At a workshop at the Third Sector Research Centre, Professors Hilton and Crowson spoke about the findings from their forthcoming monograph, The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain (Oxford UP, 2013). Professor Pete Alcock, Director of the TSRC followed with a presentation on the evolution of the ‘Big Society’ in Britain.
13 November – Joint symposium with Peking University
This special symposium, to be held on 13 November from 1330 to 1700 at the Institute of Education, University of London located in central London, is being staged to mark the English publication of 'Education for 1.3 Billion', Li Lan Qing’s account of China’s realisation of the importance of education.
Li Lan Qing was Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China between 1993 and 2003, a period in which Chinese education was substantially transformed.
There is no charge. Those interested in attending should contact email@example.com
15 October – Visit from the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration
A delegation from the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration will be visiting the University of Birmingham on 15 October.
This is a high level delegation headed by the Director General of Medical Devices Supervision and Inspection for the State Food and Drug Administration with 25 representatives of the state and provincial bodies. This will be a 3 week visit to the UK involving UoB, UEA and Brunel University and UoB.
The delegations activities at UoB will cover
Seminar and training on regulatory aspects, clinical trials and medical devices.
Invited speakers from the industry, NHS and regulatory bodies such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Visits to Heartland Hospital and a medical device company.
Leading Chinese university visits Birmingham to develop medical sciences partnerships
A delegation from Sun Yat-Sen University is visiting the University of Birmingham this week to identify collaborative opportunities in the fields of immunology and infection, cell and gene therapy, clinical trials, and public health.
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"A Date with Lu Yu" in Birmingham!
A TV crew of "A Date with Lu Yu", a chat show which is very popular in China with an audience of 65 million, visited the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham on 28th Jun 2012, to make a Chinese documentary to highlight the best of Britain.
Reprogramming Somatic Cell Fate – Professor Pei Duanqing
Professor Pei is an international leader in this field of research and one of the most respected stem cell biologists in China. His most recent studies have led to important insight into the mechanisms that underlie this process of "reprogramming" and are making seminal contributions in advancing this technology towards clinical application.
Professor Pei's talk focused on the process by which it is possible to convert adult cells, such as those from skin or blood, into stem cells that have the capacity to expand indefinitely and provide a source of any tissue in the body, thereby providing a limitless source for novel regenerative therapies.
Professor Richard Williams demonstrate to the Guangzhou public how innovation changes our life
Professor Richard Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, gave a public lecture to over 200 Guangzhou citizen at the Guangzhou Science Museum on Sunday 17 June about innovation.
The audience were greatly inspired by three very different technologies under development in the presentation: Washing machines for use in commerce and at home that clean clothes without using large volumes of water or solvents; a new form of engine that runs on air, requiring no petroleum fuel or batteries; and new materials that can be synthesised to produce extraordinary and different properties, including imparting the illusion of being invisible. A group of Guangzhou Young Investors of high school students enthusiastically consulted Professor Williams after the lecture regarding their innovative projects.
Professor Richard Williams commented that:
“Innovation is at the heart of future economic development. Inspiring young people to see that things can be done differently to benefit the public good is a core responsibility of university education and a core mission for the University of Birmingham. Combining the best fundamental science and leading engineering skills is the way to accelerate inventions and turn them into innovations. The examples today are truly radical innovations in the making, but we will see also that society needs to embrace and adopt change since technological excellence alone is insufficient to bring change about. As a leading city in the world the City of Guangzhou could be a leading showcase for such innovations.”
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University of Birmingham develops further health research links in Shanghai
Professor Lawrence Young, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, visited Shanghai on 21 June to sign collaborative MoUs with Shanghai Health Bureau and Huashan Hospital. The new partnerships will provide great potential for the University to joint projects in public health research, training, academic exchanges and cancer research.
University of Birmingham cements and creates new collaborations with Guangzhou 16 April 2012
Six months after the launch of the University’s representative office in Guangzhou, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham is back in Guangzhou today to highlight the ongoing strategic partnership between the City and the University.
Vice Chancellor Professor David Eastwood will meet Vice Mayor Zhang Ji, and sign new collaborative agreements with three partner institutions; Sun Yat-Sen University, Jinan University and the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health.
Since the launch of the office in September 2011, three first phase biomedical research projects are underway through partnerships with the municipal government and hospitals in the City. The projects are the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study, the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study and the Birmingham-Guangzhou Brain and Cognition Centre.
Further collaborative research projects are being developed under the themes of environmental science, service industries and stem cell research, and latterly in the areas of engineering and physical sciences. In addition, the University’s future plans include the development of an education centre, in partnership with a Guangzhou-based university partner, and a graduate school.
Professor David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said:
“The University’s collaborative reach in Guangzhou is increasing with vigour and our engagement with partners across the city continues to go from strength to strength. In keeping with our momentum, we are developing partnerships with industry, research institutes and universities based in Guangzhou, taking forward discussions around research collaboration, education and technology transfer. The MoUs I sign today, with Sun Yat-Sen University on research and graduate education, Guangzhou Institutes of Bioscience and Health on stem cell research, and Jinan University on our education programme, demonstrate excellent milestones for our sustainable and productive partnership with Guangzhou.”
Accompanying the Vice Chancellor on this visit, Professor Edward Peck, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Birmingham, added:
“This latest visit marks the University of Birmingham’s long-term commitment to Guangzhou and the broader Pearl River Delta region. Our plans are wide-ranging; from research projects and business engagement to an education centre and graduate school. These developments align well with Guangzhou’s social and economic development aims, as set out in the 12th Five Year Plan.”
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