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University strengthens ties with China

The University has signed new agreements with six Chinese institutions, further strengthening its links in the country.

The agreements will enable collaborations between researchers in China and Edinburgh, and facilitate international exchange study programmes for students.

The partnerships include new undergraduate collaborations in neuroscience, mathematics, medicine and social sciences.

“We are excited about the potential of these projects. Expanding our links with China will not only encourage international students to visit and choose to study at Edinburgh, but also to be inspired by fresh ideas and new skills.”

Stephen Hillier

Vice Principal International

New opportunities

The links include:

  • Edinburgh and the University of Science and Technology in China will explore the possibility of joint teaching and research programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Zhejiang University and Edinburgh will develop summer schools for students, while academics will also explore research collaboration in neuroscience
  • Students from Renmin University in Beijing will be able to undertake one year undergraduate scholarships at Edinburgh, building on existing collaborations between the institutions on low-carbon degree programmes
  • East China Normal University and Edinburgh will set up two-year exchange programmes for maths students and will explore research opportunities in science
  • Edinburgh is exploring the possibility of joint research programmes with the China Academy of Science

Strong foundations

These latest initiatives build on long-term partnerships with staff and students at Peking University, where a new joint MSc in Law programme sits alongside joint research projects on history, medicine, politics and philosophical studies.

The University of Edinburgh has relationships with more than 50 top Chinese institutions.

The University also established a China Office in 2005 to support its strategic relationship with China.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland, based at the University, also works to develop effective business, cultural and academic links between China and Scotland.

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