Minister marks Shanghai creative links

The UK’s Secretary of State for Education has unveiled a plaque in Shanghai celebrating the University’s links with China.

The unveiling by Justine Greening MP marked the establishment of the Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries (DECCI), a partnership between the city’s Donghua University and the University's Confucius Institute .

International partnership

Edinburgh's relationship with Donghua is longstanding. In 2014 the two institutions launched a scheme based in the Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (SCF), part of Donghua University.

Shanghai-based students studying Fashion Innovation or Fashion Interior Design have the chance to study at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) for the final two years of their programme.

At an official ceremony at Donghua University, the Secretary of State toured studios and spoke to several students on the scheme, many of whom presented their Edinburgh-themed projects.

Strengthening ties

In September 2016 the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Donghua University to establish DECCI .

The centre is intended to build on both universities’ strengths in fashion design and creative industries and develop Edinburgh’s work with the SCF.

The University of Edinburgh and Donghua both share a reputation for excellence and innovation. The agreement to establish the Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries is another timely and tangible manifestation of the growing links between Scotland and China in the creative industries. We look forward to a lively interchange of staff, students and ideas; more Shanghai fashion in Scotland and more Scottish creativity in China.

Professor Natascha GentzAssistant Principal (China)