Imperial College expands links with China

The President of Imperial College London is leading a delegation to China to promote education, research and innovation ties

Imperial’s President Alice Gast will be joined in China by some of the world top ten university’s most visionary scholars including immunologist Professor Maggie Dallman, data scientist Professor Yike Guo and synthetic biologist Dr Karen Polizzi. 

Imperial College London is the UK’s number one academic research partner with China. Its Chinese collaborators include Huawei, CSR, Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University. These partnerships include cutting-edge research in fields including nanotechnology, bioengineering, computing, data science, advanced materials, offshore energy, environmental engineering and public health. 

‘Working with Chinese colleagues is enabling us to tackle fundamental questions and challenges. From climate change to making big data work for society, from aircraft and train efficiency to personalised healthcare.’

Prof Alice Gast, said: ‘Imperial is pleased to collaborate with China’s leading businesses and universities while educating many of the country’s finest students. We have much to learn from each other, and we can achieve a lot together. Imperial offers a network of world-class academics, students and partners, an entrepreneurial and innovative culture, and access to the world’s most exciting city, London. We are furthering research that adds real value to society. Our Chinese graduates leave Imperial with the skills and innovative mindset needed to thrive in a fast-changing world. 

‘Working with Chinese colleagues is enabling us to tackle fundamental questions and challenges. From climate change to making big data work for society, from aircraft and train efficiency to personalised healthcare. The challenges are formidable, but the potential rewards are great.’ 

At the World Economic Forum in Dalian on 10 September, Professor Gast will speak about how the public and private sectors can successfully collaborate to boost innovation, research and development, while colleagues working in the emerging field of synthetic biology will present their latest research findings and how they could be put to industrial benefit. 

Other Imperial presenters at the World Economic Forum in Dalian include a group of synthetic biologists: Dr Karen Polizzi, Dr John Heap, Dr Guy-Bart Stan and Dr Tom Ellis. They will contribute to an Ideas Lab exploring how synthetic biology is leading to pharmaceutical breakthroughs, reducing industrial waste, the design of new biological systems, and small-scale medical manufacturing. 

Also participating in Dalian are two Imperial academics, Chinese biochemist Dr Jia Li and Ukrainian computational medic Dr Kirill Veselkov, who have been named among the World Economic Forum’s ’40 extraordinary scientists under 40′.

At the same gathering, Imperial chemist Professor David Klug will deliver an introductory talk on ‘hyperconnected healthcare’. The Imperial group will join global leaders from government, business and academia at the World Economic Forum as they explore how technological progress, investment in productive capital and proactive responses to demographic shifts can contributed to more balanced economic growth.

Imperial has more than 2,000 Chinese students – the largest nationality apart from Britons. Applications from Chinese students are at an all-time high. During their trip to China, visiting Beijing, Dalian and Hong Kong, the Imperial team will meet some of the country’s brightest students who are considering applying to Imperial and taking up careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine.

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