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Partnership with SJTU

Agreement heralds new phase for Warwick’s partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The Presidents of University of Warwick and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) met online last week to sign an agreement setting out a shared vision for the next phase of their long-standing institutional partnership.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick, and Prof. Zhongqin LIN, President of Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU), signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint research and teaching on 21 April 2021. This will provide the framework for another five years of student exchange, collaborative teaching, research collaboration and other forms of innovative cooperation.

“We greatly value our strategic partnership with SJTU. Our researchers have long collaborated at an individual level and in 2016, we jointly identified an opportunity to build on and support our various disciplinary links by developing an institutional-level partnership framework (...). I’m delighted to be signing our second framework MoU and look forward to many more years of collaboration with SJTU” said Professor Stuart Croft.

Since the previous agreement was signed in 2017, there have been some notable highlights. The undergraduate student exchange programme with SJTU is our largest with a mainland Chinese university; the British Council has awarded us £30K to support a joint project with SJTU to boost student interactions and share best practice in internationalisation; and our students have worked together on virtual internship projects for global employers.

During 2018/19, the two universities held joint research workshops in Humanities to identify new collaborative opportunities and launched a £50k per year joint seed fund. This fund is currently supporting 10 research collaboration projects in disciplines ranging from biomass conversion to English language teacher training in rural China. A further round of the joint seed fund will support collaborative activity in 2022/23, and a call for applications will open shortly.

With the new agreement in place, students at both universities can look forward to a second iteration of the Warwick/SJTU Global Challenge - an online joint student research challenge; Warwick students joining SJTU’s Global Virtual Classroom initiative for the second time; SJTU students participating in the TEAMWork virtual internship programme for a further year, and the development of a joint PhD programme.

For more information about Warwick’s engagements with China, please contact Victoria Strudwick, International Partnerships Manager (E and SE Asia).