Edinburgh strengthens China links

The University’s ten-day tour of China and East Asia came to an end last week following a series of public lectures and academic events in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Led by Senior Vice-Principal, Professor Charlie Jeffery, a delegation from the University showcased Edinburgh’s research excellence in medicine, science and the humanities to alumni, education professionals and business contacts.

The University developed relationships with existing academic partners and embarked on new ventures with some of the China and East Asia’s leading institutions.

Zhejiang University

A collaborative biomedical science degree partnership was announced with Zhejiang University.

The agreement is the first of its kind for a Scottish university.

A four-year degree will be taught entirely in English by Edinburgh and Zhejiang academics at Zhejiang’s new international campus in Hainan.

Zhejiang and Edinburgh are the highest ranked Chinese and UK universities to embark on such a venture.

The Integrative Biomedical Science course is expected to attract a total of 600 students from China and South East Asia.


Edinburgh academics met with a further number of education institutions throughout China and East Asia including the University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and National University Singapore.

The range of meetings and events provided an opportunity for Edinburgh to maximise awareness of its academic, teaching and research partnerships in China and East Asia.

Engagement with universities in the region involves joint educational programmes, exchanges, research and exhibitions.


Alumni events in China and East Asia saw a great turn-out from students past and present in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Shanghai prompted an unprecedented response, with over 150 alumni attending the event.

Professor Mike Shipston addressed the Shanghai audience by discussing the latest developments in biomedical sciences.

Hong Kong and Singapore alumni had the opportunity to hear from Professor James Smith, Vice-Principal International, and Professor Sue Welburn, Vice Principal of Global Access, who addressed scientific research and social investment.

Each event gave alumni the chance to meet old friends, make new connections and to find out about the latest developments at the University.

Edinburgh enjoys a long standing relationship with China and East Asia. An important part of our engagement has been the development of major, mutually beneficial links with universities in the region. This series of events in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore underpins our commitment to strengthen research and teaching partnerships and reinforce our position as a partner of choice in China and East Asia.

Charlie JefferySenior Vice Principal


The University's China and East Asia blog has been updated throughout the course of the ten day trip and provides information on the various activities and events. It can be found at: