During the visit Mr Sunan Jiang heard about Ulster University’s research and innovation activities in everything from sustainable technologies and biomedical sciences to engineering and the creative industries. He introduced the new China Sciences Innovation Strategy and highlighted a number of opportunities for future collaboration between China and the UK in the fields of science and innovation.
Ulster University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paddy Nixon, said: “International collaboration in higher education is key to developing cutting-edge research that addresses global challenges in healthcare, energy, economic development and agriculture to name a few.
“Ulster University has wide-ranging partnerships with China through our ongoing international research collaborations, student and staff exchange programmes and The Confucius Institute, which is helping to develop academic, cultural, economic and social ties between the two countries.
“We are collaborating with a number of leading Chinese universities on research projects in computer science and big data, connected health, nanotechnology, renewable energy and biomedical sciences. Together we are developing research that is impacting societies and economies, both locally and globally.
“The China Sciences Innovation Strategy highlights a clear commitment from China to support knowledge exchange with the UK. Ranked in the top 3 per cent of universities in the world and also recognised as one of the top ten entrepreneurial universities in the UK, Ulster University is ideally placed to contribute to the potential of this strategy.”