College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

$1bn Chinese biomedical campus opens

The partnership with Zhejiang University is the first of its type for the University and for China.

The purpose-built International Campus at Haining, Zhejiang Province, will eventually accommodate 5,000 students, and brings together researchers and teaching staff from Edinburgh and Zhejiang Universities. 

Staff from Edinburgh and Zhejiang will deliver a four-year degree in Biomedical Sciences – the first of its type in China – which will be taught entirely in English.


In this short film, staff and students explain why they believe the partnership between Edinburgh and Zhejiang offers a huge opportunity for teaching and research.

Fresh approach

The degree programme will offer a curriculum reflecting the full breadth of biomedical science, including infectious diseases, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and reproductive biology.

The Zhejiang University – University of Edinburgh Institute will also have a strong emphasis on research, with leading international scientists recruited to work alongside colleagues from Edinburgh and Zhejiang.

Teaching will be provided by a mixture of staff based permanently at the new campus, faculty from Zhejiang main campus in Hangzhou and a ‘Flying Faculty’ from Edinburgh – staff who will travel to China for 12 weeks each year.


The opening of the International Campus at Haining marks a very important stage in our collaboration with the University of Edinburgh. We are bringing together top researchers and academics to teach some of China’s brightest young minds.

Professor Yonghua SongExecutive Vice President, Zhejiang University

Big ambitions

The first 22 students were enrolled on the BSc (Hons) in Integrative Biomedical Sciences programme in September 2016. A further 67 have enrolled for the 2017/18 academic year, with a target of 600 undergraduate students at the Institute in the coming years.


We will equip these international students with the skills and knowledge to lead their own research teams and develop ground-breaking medical treatments to benefit patients around the world.

Professor Susan WelburnExecutive Dean, Zhejiang – Edinburgh Joint Institute



The Zhejiang University - University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJU-UoE Institute) 

Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh

Biomedical Sciences Scholarships - Zhejiang 

The University of Edinburgh and China