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University strengthens Chinese ties

A new agreement will see the University build on its research ties with China.

The agreement with Peking University will establish a National China Research Centre at Edinburgh and a National UK Research Centre at Peking.

University strengthens Chinese ties

The creation of these new centres will allow increased academic co-operation in a range of subject areas, including economic, political and cultural fields of study.

In addition, it will offer PhD and Masters students the chance to spend time at the partner institution.

Edinburgh Principal Sir Timothy O’Shea and Vice President Li Yansong of Peking signed the Memorandum of Intent at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The agreement was signed in the presence of State Councillor Mme Liu Yandong, Yuan Guiren, Chinese Minister of Education, Wang Zhigang, Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology and David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science.

This historic agreement with Peking University marks another significant step for the University of Edinburgh, whose links with some of China’s finest academic institutions continue to grow.

Sir Timothy O’SheaUniversity Principal

Chinese links

The University of Edinburgh, which established an office in Beijing in 2005, has relationships with more than 50 universities in China.

It already has long-term partnerships with staff and students at Peking University, including joint research projects on history, medicine, politics and religious studies.

In addition, the Confucius Institute for Scotland was established in 2006 at the University of Edinburgh to act as a bridge between Scotland and China, aiding understanding and facilitating engagement.