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Memoranda of Understanding with Sun Yat-sen University

SYSU Joint cancer research centre. Left to right: Dr. Xu Ruihua, Director of Sun Yat-sen Cancer Centre Prof. Zhu Xiping, Vice President of Sun Yat-sen University Prof. Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University Prof. Xu Ningsheng, President of Sun Yat-sen University Dr. Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Dr. Catherine Raines, Minister and Director-General of Trade & Investment for China Prof. Lawrence Young Alastair Morgan, Consul-General of British Consulate-General Guangzhou Angus Bjarnason, Consul (Cultural and Education), Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-GeneralWarwick and Sun Yat-sen University have today signed a series of agreements, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), which strengthen Warwick’s relationships with leading Chinese institutions and provide new opportunities for students to study in China and become “ambassadors for UK-China relations”.

The MoUs, which were witnessed by the British Business Secretary Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable MP and Sun Yat-sen University President Xu Ning Sheng, following discussions between the UK Government’s Trade and Industry department (UKTI) and Sun Yat-sen.

Addressing a range of key collaboration areas the MoUs will lead to advances in research programmes, an increase in the number of undergraduate student exchanges and executive education.

Left to right: Dr. Xu Ruihua, Director of Sun Yat-sen Cancer Centre Prof. Zhu Xiping, Vice President of Sun Yat-sen University Prof. Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University Prof. Xu Ningsheng, President of Sun Yat-sen University Dr. Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Dr. Catherine Raines, Minister and Director-General of Trade & Investment for China Prof. Lawrence Young Alastair Morgan, Consul-General of British Consulate-General Guangzhou Angus Bjarnason, Consul (Cultural and Education), Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-GeneralCommenting at the signings Professor Lawrence Young, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Warwick, said

The agreements signed between the University of Warwick and Sun Yat-sen University form a significant continuation of our commitment to collaborating with Chinese centres of education excellence. Warwick’s collaboration with Sun Yat-sen will strengthen our ability to equip students with the skills and experience to become successful citizens on a global stage”.

The growing opportunity for Warwick students to study in China is of great benefit to both their education and their ability to lead in the years to come.”

Present with Professor Young at the MoU signings, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said:

The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s most innovative universities and our higher education sector is leading the way in forging mutually beneficial relationships between China and the UK. Participants in this programme will not only boost their own career prospects but become ambassadors for UK-China relations on their return home”.

The global centre of the gravity is shifting to the eastwards to economic powerhouses such as China. We must raise our game. New research shows that a lack of language skills in the UK is costing our economy about £48 billion. The shortage of mandarin speakers is part of the problem. I don’t want young British people to get left behind”.

The Warwick-Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Centre MoU would lead to collaboration between the two institutions on Systems Biology and Digital Pathology, with researchers, oncology nurses and pathologists from Sun Yat-sen training at Warwick. The two institutions would also co-fund Systems Biology PhD students.