Shanghai low carbon venture gathers pace

Edinburgh and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have deepened their commitment to China’s first low-carbon college.

The Universities have signed an agreement to finance a £600,000 collaborative research, teaching and innovation development fund.

The fund will support travel and accommodation for staff involved in projects including sustainable construction, air quality, energy efficiency and low carbon smarter cities.

The China-UK Low Carbon College in Lingang, Shanghai will offer Masters programmes in Low Carbon Environment and Low Carbon Energy.

Within four years programmes will be offered in Carbon Finance, Carbon Management and Low Carbon Cities.

The College will provide state of the art research labs, teaching and lecturing facilities and accommodation for students and staff.

We are delighted to forge a closer relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. There is a clear need for effective knowledge exchange in order to facilitate a low-carbon economy around the world.

Professor Charlie JefferySenior Vice Principal, the University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh expertise

The partnership draws on research expertise and innovation in of Edinburgh’s Schools of Geosciences, Engineering, Chemistry and Business and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). 

Climate research

Edinburgh is at the forefront of international climate change research and the technologies and policies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The University has already invested more than £150 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment since 2010.

China Links

The University has major, mutually beneficial links with many Chinese institutions including joint educational programmes, exchanges, research and jointly organised exhibitions.

These universities include Zhejiang, Peking, Fudan, Nankai, Tianjin, Xiamen, the China Agricultural University, and Beihang University.

Chinese students make up the largest international student group at Edinburgh. The University welcomes more Chinese students than any other university in Scotland.

The China-UK Low Carbon College in Lingang and the development of collaborative research and teaching programmes underpins our commitment to strengthen partnerships and reinforce our position as a partner of choice in China.

Professor Charlie JefferySenior Vice Principal, the University of Edinburgh


Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

School of Geosciences

Shanghai Jiao Tong University