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Warwick in China

The University of Warwick has a strong track record of academic collaboration and student exchange with China. In 2019/20 we welcomed 3,228 Chinese students to Warwick. Below are some examples of our collaborative projects:

Fudan University

Fudan University was established in 1905 as Fudan Public School. On April 27th, 2000, a new Fudan University emerged after the merger with Shanghai Medical University. In this decade, Fudan University became a comprehensive research-oriented university renowned both at home and abroad for its arts, sciences and medicine.

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  • Ongoing departmental collaborations in Maths, Computer Science, Complexity Science, Chemistry, Warwick Business School, PaIS.
  • Department-specific student exchange in Applied Linguistics and WBS.
  • A Joint Global History workshop on trade and medicine across early modern and modern boundaries was held at Fudan University as part of a series of events on therapeutic commodities. The collaboration was led by Professor Anne Gerritsen, Warwick and Professor Gao Xi, Fudan.
  • In April 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Warwick and Fudan University recognising the value of the mutual development of our common strengths and complementary portfolios. Both institutions are committed to designing and developing new research projects, exchanging academic information and staff and student exchange.

Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)

Founded in 1920, Harbin Institute of Technology has developed into an open, multidisciplinary, research-oriented, leading national university with science and engineering as its core.


  • Warwick's School of Engineering has a strong history of collaboration with HIT. Warwick welcomed a delegation led by Harbin Vice-President Mr. Sihao Xiong to discuss an existing collaboration between Warwick and Harbin in Engineering at a Masters level and in student exchange, and the possibility of further cooperation in other disciplines.
  • In 2017 Warwick and HIT signed a Memorandum of Understanding to agree to enable undergraduates to have study abroad experiences between the two institutions.

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) enjoys a long history and a world-renowned reputation. Through some 120 years' unremitting efforts, SJTU has become a comprehensive, research-oriented, and internationalised top university in China.

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    • Ongoing departmental collaborations in Applied Linguistics, Engineering, Global History and WMG.
    • May 2019 - SJTU-Warwick Joint Seed Fund was established with the specific intention to foster new initiatives with high potential for global impact that combine complementary aspects of each institution towards novel research outcomes.
    • May 2019 - an expansion of the institutional-level student exchange agreement between Warwick and SJTU was formalised to give a greater range of opportunities to study abroad.
    • Jan 2018 - Warwick provides a Winter School for students of the University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
    • In May 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Warwick and SJTU to focus on joint research and teaching in Applied Linguistics,

    Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU)

    Built on a solid multidisciplinary foundation of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences, and engineering, Sun Yat-sen University is propelled forward by the continuous pursuit of academic innovation.



    Established in 2011 with the mission to reform Chinese tertiary education and become a top-notch international research university, SUSTech was launched in the tech capital of Shenzhen and is governed by Guangdong Province. In seven short years, SUSTech is becoming an important epicentre for China’s science and technology academic research and for the cultivation of innovative minds.


    • In Aug 2016 an agreement was signed between Warwick and SUSTech on the establishment of a Collaborative PhD mobility programme. It will enable specially selected students from SUSTech to enrol on Doctoral Programmes of the University of Warwick, eventually receiving a doctoral degree from Warwick. The PhD students will spend the first two years of their training developing their talents at the University of Warwick, followed by another two years at SUSTech, benefitting from a supervisor at each partner University throughout.
    • The first cohort of five students arrived at Warwick in academic year 2017/18.

    Tsinghua University

    Tsinghua is one of the most prestigious universities in China. Through teaching, research and innovation, Tsinghua is committed to the advancement and well-being of the nation and the world.


    • Founding member of the China-UK Humanities Alliance for Higher Education. Launched in December 2016, the Alliance aims to increase and consolidate academic exchanges between Chinese and British universities via cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration in the field of humanities. Activities under the Alliance will comprise student programmes ranging from language, culture to sports activities, and academic exchange including joint forum, workshop and research projects.
    • Student exchange agreement for Warwick and Tsinghua students to experience studying in their partner institution.
    • Departmental collaborations in Chemistry, Engineering, WMG.

    The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

    The University of Hong Kong, Asia’s Global University, delivers impact through internationalisation, innovation and inter-disciplinarity. It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange. It makes a positive social contribution through global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.


    • In Dec 2018 Warwick and HKU signed a Student Exchange agreement which extended the previous MOU and welcomed students from academic year 2019-20.
    • In Dec 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Warwick and HKU which allowed undergraduate researchers at each university to carry out summer projects at the other university from 2018.

    Careers and skills

    • Development of online pre-entry career planning resources and innovation and enterprise resource for UK-educated Chinese students, supported by UK Government’s Prosperity Fund and in collaboration with Peking, Fudan, SJTU and Tsinghua universities.
    • Feb 2020 - Warwick led a China Careers Insight Week, hosting a series of employer webinar presentations.
    • April 2019 - The largest UK university careers fair in Shanghai – co-led by the University of Warwick – welcomed over 1,200 students and major global companies such as Apple, PayPal and Tesla.

    • Annual China Careers Fairs established at Warwick
    • Relationships built with key employers in China through regular presentations and networking events
    • Standing Out and Fitting In: UK-wide Higher Education research project to enhance the employability of UK-educated Chinese students

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