China Low-Carbon College wins prestigious award

A University initiative to establish China’s first low-carbon college has been honoured at the China-Scotland Business Awards.

The China-UK Low-Carbon College (LCC), a collaboration between Edinburgh and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was announced as winner of the Innovation in Education Award.

It was hailed as an “innovative, complex and highly unique international university project that aims to accelerate the adoption of impactful low-carbon solutions in China.”

Edinburgh expertise

Established in 2017, the LCC creates opportunities for partnerships, based on the research, teaching, and innovation expertise of the University’s Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

ECCI staff work closely with more than 100 Edinburgh academics from six schools – Business, Geosciences, Engineering, Informatics, Law, and Chemistry – to deepen their impactful engagement. 

Experts from China and the UK collaborate on research projects including sustainable construction, air quality, energy efficiency and smarter cities.

Courses at the college in Shanghai include Masters programmes in Low Carbon Environment and Low Carbon Energy, and a new programme in Carbon Finance will be launched later in 2019.

I am delighted for the hundreds of staff and partners in China and Scotland that this prize has been awarded to the China-UK Low Carbon College. This complex, multi-faceted, inter-disciplinary initiative is designed to provide a clear 'green' pathway for sustainable ideas, talent and technology to become established and scale to directly address one of the world's key challenges-climate change.

Ed CraigDean (Edinburgh), China-UK Low-Carbon College


Find out more about the work of the China-UK Low Carbon College in this short video.

Success in China

This recognition for the Low-Carbon College follows Edinburgh’s success in the same awards last year, when two projects were winners.

The University’s International Diabetes Centre at Shenzhen People’s Hospital was judged the winner in the Business-Education Collaboration category, whilst Edinburgh’s ground-breaking biomedical collaboration with Zhejiang University was named Education Institutional Partnership of the year.

China partnerships 

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. 

Related links

China-UK Low-Carbon College

Zhejiang-Edinburgh Institute

Shenzhen People’s Hospital

The University’s East Asia team