Professor Lord Bhattacharyya recognised by China
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman and founder of WMG, at the University of Warwick, has been honoured by the presentation of a China Talent Visa (R), in recognition of his high-level expertise in manufacturing and inward investment and sustained interaction with the People’s Republic of China.
The China Talent Visa (R) was presented to Professor Lord Bhattacharyya by the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, in a special ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in London on Tuesday 3rd April.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya is one of the first recipients globally of the newly introduced R Visas for foreign talents awarded by the Chinese government. He has been awarded a ten-year visa.. This follows Professor Lord Bhattacharyya receiving two prestigious awards from China, in 2017, – the Great Wall Friendship Award, from Beijing Municipal Government, and the Chinese Government Friendship Award, the premier national award, presented by the Vice-Premier at a special ceremony in Beijing on the occasion of the National Day.
The Chinese government, with this visa, has shown its sincerity towards global talent. It is awarded to foreign high-level personnel, and much-needed highly talented people, whose skills are in urgent demand to help the development of the economy and society of China.
Beijing City University made the application to the Beijing State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the SAFEA London office gave valuable assistance in making all the arrangements with the Embassy.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said “I am honoured to have been recognised by the Chinese government, again, for the contribution that they feel that I can continue to make to the development of China.”
His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said “This is a great day and I am honoured to be presenting you with this Visa today. It is important for the Chinese government to forge relationships with British scientists and reflects our commitment to innovation. I appreciate your contribution to promoting collaboration in China and look forward to more years of development.”
Education Select Committee visits WMG
Whilst at WMG, the Committee met with current students, studying on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, who were able to talk to them about teaching quality, tutor support, fees and how their degrees are helping them prepare for the world of work. They also met with students who are working and undertaking degree apprenticeships, paid for by their employers, and wanted to understand how their experiences differ to full-time students, and why they chose this route over a traditional university degree.
The Education Select Committee also had time for a tour of WMG R&D facilities and to meet with students who are working on student engineering projects and on research projects, so that they could understand how collaborative R&D is translated from the classroom into real world projects.
As part of the visit, there was an opportunity to meet with practitioners within the skills and education providers, including Kate Tague, Executive Principal for the WMG Academies for Engineering Trust.
Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, commented, “We were delighted to visit the world-class facilities at WMG today. Our visit has provided an excellent contribution to the Committee’s current inquiries into the quality of apprenticeship provision and value for money in higher education, and was a great opportunity to hear directly from students and staff. The degrees offered at the University of Warwick are not only offering students and the taxpayer value for money, but also helping us meet this country’s skills gap and providing a ladder of opportunity for our most disadvantaged young people to thrive in their future careers. This is exactly the type of education we believe higher education should be offering.”
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman and founder of WMG said “It was my pleasure to host my colleagues from the Education Select Committee. They have been able to talk directly to students who are our future engineering talent and see first-hand some of the projects they are working on. I was impressed with their understanding of the challenges of delivering excellent and relevant apprenticeship programmes and the significance of these to our economy.”
Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport visits WMG
Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, founder and Chairman of WMG was delighted to welcome Bernadette Kelly, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport, to WMG today (Thursday 22nd February).
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya introduced the breadth and depth of WMG’s research, education and technology transfer activities and the long history and impact of its engagement with the automotive sector.
As part of this Lord Bhattacharyya shared his vision of the Smart Motor City, which is being built rapidly on the research strength of WMG, the can-do approach of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, major companies and innovative suppliers clustering around the new National Automotive Innovation Centre. This research strength was exemplified through visits to two unique facilities in WMG, the 3XD Simulator enabling the implementation of smart and connected vehicles, and the Energy Innovation Centre forming the foundation for the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (formerly National Battery Manufacturing Development Centre).
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said: “I was delighted to discuss with and show Bernadette the impact that WMG’s research has on industry, and society, so she could see first-hand the types of research that have made WMG world-renowned. Having strong relationships with the automotive sector we are continuing to develop relationships which will allow for the growth of the regional economy as well as research and education collaborations.”
Bernadette Kelly said ‘It was great to visit WMG and to hear directly from Lord Bhattacharyya about the huge range of its work across many sectors and technologies. The work WMG is doing on battery technology and smart and connected vehicles in particular is hugely important to the transport sector. My Department looks forward to working with the WMG and the region on the Future of Mobility, one of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges.’
Honorary degree for Lord Bhattacharyya
Lord Bhattacharyya began his career as a graduate apprentice at Lucas Industries, subsequently gaining an MSc and PhD in Engineering Production at the University of Birmingham. In 1980, he became Britain’s first ever Professor of Manufacturing setting up WMG, at the University of Warwick.
Over the last 37 years he has built a world class research and education group working with industry to innovate and develop the leaders of tomorrow.
Today, WMG employs over 500 people across research, teaching, professional and administration. There are a total of 19 different research groups working across multiple sectors, and to date over 35,000 students from across 75 countries have studied here.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya receives two prestigious awards from China
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman and founder of WMG, at the University of Warwick, was on Friday bestowed two prestigious awards from China – the Great Wall Friendship Award, from Beijing City, and the Chinese Government Friendship Award, the premier national award.
Receiving the awards, on Friday 29th September, at two separate ceremonies in China is the first time that an individual has received Beijing’s Great Wall Friendship Award and the Chinese Government Friendship Award on the same day.
The Great Wall Friendship Award was presented in appreciation of Professor Lord Bhattacharyya’s ‘enthusiastic support and contribution to Beijing's construction and your friendly cooperation’. Acting Mayor Mr Chen Jining on behalf of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality presented the award at a special ceremony in Beijing.
The Chinese Government Friendship Award, is the highest award offered by the Chinese Government to honour foreign experts. It was presented by Vice Premier Ma Kai at the Ceremony of the Chinese Government Friendship Award in the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square. Vice Premier Ma Kai 'extended warm congratulations on behalf of the Chinese Government and heartfelt thanks for Professor Lord Bhattacharyya’s participation in China's development. We welcome you to be a facilitator of China's modernisation drive, practitioner of the innovation-driven strategy and promoter of international collaboration between China and the world, by making further contribution to the economic and social development of China as well as progress of human civilisation.'
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said “I am surprised but honoured to have been given these two prestigious awards. An honour given by the capital Beijing reflects the vision they have for welcoming international experts to serve their great city. I came to Beijing for the first time in the early 1980’s and the remarkable transformation of the city since then is a wonder.
To receive the national award from Vice Premier Ma Kai, who had previously visited WMG to discuss energy and light weighting, was a great honour to me. To have played a role in this new age of Chinese innovation has been a stimulating and exciting part of my life for over thirty years. I launched our first joint programme with Chinese industry in 1989. We have helped develop more than three thousand Chinese engineers and helped placed innovation at the heart of Chinese economic growth and wealth creation”.
On Saturday 30th September, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya met with Premier Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council, members of the State Council and SAFEA Administrator Zhang Jianguo in the Great Hall of the People, prior to being a guest at the National Day Reception to celebrate the 68th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
Chairman of Tata Sons visits WMG
Mr Chandrasekaran was very interested to see for himself some of the projects that WMG and Tata companies are collaborating on, and to understand the breadth and depth of WMG’s research, education and technology transfer activities.
To bring these to life, he was given a tour of WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre, which is going through significant expansion, and will see WMG to continue to provide a unique facility for industry and academia to develop innovative energy storage technology. Mr Chandrasekaran also visited the Advanced Steels Research Centre and the International Manufacturing Centre where the focus was on light weighting, metrology and intelligent vehicles. As well as hearing from the Institute of Digital Healthcare.
Mr Chandrasekaran was keen to see the significant investment in automotive research, at WMG, and along with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, had a tour of the National Automotive Innovation Centre and was delighted to see the progress in its construction. The Centre, which is a long-term commitment between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, WMG and the University of Warwick, is a unique resource and the first of its kind in Europe, providing an environment to foster collaboration, cohesion and sharing knowledge, combining automotive expertise nationally and internationally.
WMG welcomes Professor Sir Mark Walport
WMG was delighted to welcome today, accompanied by Dr Rupert Lewis, Director of the Government Office for Science.
Sir Mark had the opportunity to discuss science, engineering and wealth creation innovations from WMG and how WMG works side-by-side with industry to enable the creation and delivery of innovative new products, processes and services. After meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, he undertook a tour of WMG’s world-class research facilities, including the International Manufacturing Centre and the Energy Innovation Centre.
He learned more about the work in Intelligent Vehicles, including our state-of-the-art ‘3xD Inside the 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles’ and our work with local partner RDM to explore and evaluate driverless pods. As well as seeing the expansion of our Energy Innovation Centre with our electric vehicle research; and showing how digital healthcare and cyber security research are translating fundamental scientific research at WMG into implementation in industry, healthcare and the service sector.
Commenting on the visit, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said: “It was a great pleasure to be able to show Sir Mark the impact that WMG’s research has on industry, and society, so he could see first-hand the research projects we are working on.”
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has been appointed a trustee on the board of the Baker Dearing Education Trust.
Lord Baker and Lord Dearing created the Baker Dearing Educational Trust in 2007 to develop and promote University Technical Colleges (UTCs).
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has already played an integral role in the development of two University Technical Colleges – the WMG Academies for Young Engineers in Coventry and Solihull. The two state of the art learning campuses cater for students from Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, and Birmingham.
Starting his career as a graduate apprentice at Lucas Industries, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya became Britain's first ever Professor of Manufacturing. Throughout his career he has been a passionate advocate for engineering innovation and the revival of British industry.
Times Higher Education
Leading universities should work with employers to develop apprenticeships linked to cutting-edge research which would drive economic growth in high-skilled industries such as aerospace, nuclear energy and automotive manufacturing. According to the report published on 11 March, “The Future of Higher Vocational Education”, this would entail a rethinking of leading universities’ admissions criteria, to recognise the potential of students holding BTEC qualifications. It would also necessitate a change in teaching methods, with an emphasis on lab-based teaching, mentoring, projects and work placements.
A minute into the interview with Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, it is evident that he believes Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is not the Armageddon for engineering and industry that many people feared.
The chair and founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) speaks with the near blasé assuredness of someone who has witnessed huge change in Britain and who is focused on goals that are even more long term than our membership of a supranational bloc. “The world is much bigger today. How do we explore other markets? India is one of the biggest investors in the world. There is a lot of love for the UK in India,” said the eminent engineer and pro-Remainer. “You have to get on with it. I am a pragmatist,” he added, pointing out that EU competition laws have complicated and delayed decisions by some multinationals to invest in Britain.
The Observer, 24 April 2016
The man overseeing the rebirth of Britain’s motor city is Lord Bhattacharyya, who founded WMG in 1980 and is an adviser to Tata, helping to broker its takeover of JLR in 2008. “JLR is now next door, there are suppliers coming here, and there may be one or two other car companies who might be here,” he explains. “I want it to be very similar to Stuttgart, or Munich, or Michigan. Coventry city council is very cooperative in doing that, which is a central factor...
Bhattacharyya says such an industrial renaissance would require strong infrastructure, impressive R&D facilities, and a wide collection of suppliers. “You don’t put a motor city in the desert,” he says. “Motor city means you have facilities for the skill base, facilities for infrastructure, facilities for easy planning. There are all sorts of things you need.”
New Statesman, 06 May 2016
If you measure business success by newspaper headlines, you'd get the sense that British manufacturing is uncompetitive and underperforming. The reality is very different. Our manufacturing industry employs two and a half million people. It's a forward-thinking sector too - paying for almost 75% of business innovation.
Manufacturing is the most export-intensive part of our economy, so success demands high productivity and outstanding products. You need a skilled, motivated workforce to do well, which is why manufacturing jobs pay the average employee £4,000 a year more than the service sector.
WMG, at the University of Warwick, has been bestowed the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Her Majesty the Queen.
Receiving the title of Regius Professor is a rare honour, and WMG has been granted this for its academic research in driving growth and improving productivity.
The creation of Regius Professorships falls under the Royal Prerogative, and each appointment is approved by the Queen upon ministerial advice.
Two major investments in the automotive industry in Coventry will create world class facilities for the automotive industry in a resurgent “Motor City” Coventry, and both will be built in the year that will mark 120 years of motor manufacturing history in the City. The first British motor car was made in Coventry in 1897 by The Daimler Motor Company Limited but the company that is playing a central role in Coventry’s resurgence as a “Smart Motor City” is Jaguar Land Rover who is key to two major motor developments in the city both of which will be complete, or well underway, by 2017.
Coventry is undergoing a resurgence placing it at the heart of the rebirth of Britain’s car manufacturing industry, emulating the successes of the past. The City will be key to the future of the country’s economic success.
The City, once again, is becoming known as the UK’s Smart Motor City – thanks to Jaguar Land Rover and its incredible growth since Tata bought the company in 2008.
The National Rainbow Bridge Award is a special prize for promoting the friendly cooperation between Chinese people and people from other countries. It will be awarded annually to an expert who has made outstanding contributions to cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, and culture between China and countries around the world. Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was presented with the Award at a special ceremony as part of the 2015 China Annual Conference for International Education.