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UK China Universities Consortium on Engineering Education and Research

UK China Universities Consortium on Engineering Education and Research


During the September 2016 delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities and Science, the British Council China, Southeast University on behalf of 9 China partner universities and Universities UK International signed a Statement of Intent with the objective to develop a platform that promotes strategic engagement and collaboration in higher education between a UK-China university consortium.

Following a competition amongst UK universities in December 2016, facilitated by the British Council, a proposal entitled “UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities” led by Queen’s University Belfast, involving 6 UK Partners, was successful. The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award for the UK partners through the British Council.

On the China side, Southeast University has reported this initiative of forming a UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research to the Ministry of Education (MOE) and received positive feedback. With the support from MOE, Southeast University officially invited the 9 China partners to join the consortium.

The project aims to promote and facilitate strategic engagement and bilateral cooperation in transnational joint programmes on postgraduate higher education and engineering research between the UK Partners and the China Partners, initially, but not limited to, the areas of energy and intelligent manufacturing in support of both countries’ manufacturing ambitions


World-class partners

The consortium features features 6 top UK institutions and 9 elite China universities.

From the UK:

Queen’s University Belfast (Lead UK partner), University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick.

From China:

Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University and Tongji University

The Project aims to include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • joint research activities, with a focus on novel and pioneering approaches to energy and innovative technologies for intelligent manufacturing
  • research dissemination through thematic workshops and conferences
  • staff and research student exchange, joint publications and joint funding applications
  • the training of future engineering leaders through transnational education programmes
  • the establishment of a UK-China knowledge exploitation consortium to support industrial partners in the UK and China

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