Stronger ties with China on horizon
Edinburgh is in talks to develop new partnerships that will provide improved medical, energy, and animal health technologies in China.
University Principal Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea hosted a visit by a delegation from the Guangdong region of China, which toured research facilities on campus.
Demonstrations were given at the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility and by robotics researchers at the School of Informatics.
This was followed by an investor’s forum discussion involving key partners.
Scottish Enterprise, City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Development International, the Department for International Trade, and the Scottish Government took part.
The forum discussed areas for potential collaboration, including data science, animal genomics and medical research. The Chinese Government is investing heavily in these areas, in which the University has particular expertise.
The University has a long history of working with partners across China. The University attracts close to 3,000 students from China each year.
In Guangdong, the University is developing an International Diabetes Centre at the Shenzhen People’s Hospital. Diabetes is a major problem in China, with almost 10 per cent of the city’s population suffering from the condition.
Low-carbon energy is another area where Edinburgh’s world-class research is delivering solutions by working with partners in China.
The University’s Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in Hong Kong provides a focus for these activities.
Edinburgh recently signed an agreement with Shanghai Jiao Tong University to develop a Low-Carbon College, which will provide teaching and research opportunities.
These new developments will sit alongside a wide range of other Edinburgh partnerships with China. These include animal genomics, data science, fashion and design, law, biomedical sciences, engineering and business.
The visit by our friends from Guangdong was incredibly productive and I look forward to working even more closely with them in the future. Our engagement with China is already extensive, and a continued exchange of people and knowledge will help us to develop our vision as a truly global university.