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WMG signs Memorandum of Understanding with University of Science and Technology Beijing

Professor Zhang Xinxin, USTB President with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMGProfessor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, at the University of Warwick recently visited the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will create a long-term collaboration partnership in research and knowledge transfer.

The agreement will see both universities working to develop collaborative research and development opportunities, by working with companies, in China, Europe and internationally, as well as national funding bodies. This builds on the existing Ministry of Education of China and State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs ‘Top Overseas Professorship’ of WMG’s Professor Sridhar Seetharaman at USTB, to develop a wide ranging research and knowledge transfer collaboration. There will also be jointly supported doctoral research.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, said “I am extremely delighted that we have signed this MOU with this highly regarded research driven university. I look forward to working with USTB on joint collaborative research projects investigating the environmentally effective creation of innovative materials and their applications.”

Professor Zhang Xinxin, USTB President, said “As a top research-oriented university, USTB is keen on international collaboration. I’m glad to sign the MOU with the University of Warwick and I hope we can soon start cooperation in personnel cultivation and joint research projects in materials science and the related disciplines.”

Notes for editors

WMG: Since 1980 WMG has been carrying out world-class applied research. With the mission to improve the competitiveness of companies through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice. An academic department within the University of Warwick, WMG was founded from being able to see the match with academic research and collaboration with business and industry. The success, over the last thirty years, is the result of cutting edge research and effective knowledge transfer working with companies on a global scale.

USTB was founded in 1952 and is internationally renowned for its strengths in metallurgy and materials science. In 1997 it was in the first group of universities chosen to be part of China’s 211project. Among its faculty are six members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and two members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It has seven national research bases, including one National Science Centre, two State Key Laboratories, two National Engineering Research Centres and two National Science Basis Platforms.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Head of Communications,
University of Warwick,
UK Tel: 024 76 523708 Mobile 07767 655860


Lisa Barwick, WMG, University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76 524721 or 07824 540845

PJD 5th November 2013