Our Economic Impact in Guangzhou

Image of child and grandparent eating.The University of Birmingham has a major economic and social impact on the city of Guangzhou – thanks to our work with partners in China as a research leader and educator.

We commissioned London Economics to calculate our economic impact of the University of Birmingham on Guangzhou during the 2017/18 academic year and their research revealed that:

  • Our work with partners in Guangzhou contributes ¥327 million (£37 million) to the city’s economy every year.
  • Working with partners in China contributes ¥32 million (£3.6 million) per year from research activities in Guangzhou and ¥47 million (£5.3 million) from teaching and learning initiatives. 
  • Every ¥1 million (£100,000) invested in research partnerships with Birmingham generated a return of ¥2 million (£239,000) for the Guangzhou economy.

The University is helping to improve quality of life for people living and working in the city through a range of research and education programmes which have:

  • Delivered health and exercise programmes to over 60,000 schoolchildren
  • Improved safety and comfort for 8.2 million people using the metro every day
  • Created education programmes that will produce 300 highly-skilled graduates a year
  • Helped train over 800 General Practitioners (GPs)  – easing pressure on city hospitals

Discover more about our partnerships in China by reading the summary report (English)
Discover more about our partnerships in China by reading the summary report (Mandarin Chinese)