Nottingham boosts China relations

The University of Nottingham has played a major role in the recent UK-China High Level People to People Dialogue event

The University of Nottingham represented UK universities and signed a major research agreement with China during a ‘High-Level People to People Dialogue’ event which was held recently in Beijing.

The People to People Dialogue is seen as a key pillar in the UK-China relationship, providing a forum to celebrate ties between the two countries, and a platform from which to drive greater co-operation and ambition. 

The second UK-China High-Level People to People Dialogue involved a range of collaborative agreements across basic education, vocational education, higher education and research, language teaching and learning, and personnel exchanges.

Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at The University of Nottingham, represented the UK universities at the People to People event, where he explained the role that British universities can play in helping to make businesses more innovative and competitive through the exchange of knowledge and technology.

During the event, Professor Yu also signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of The University of Nottingham with the National Remote Sensing Centre of China. The agreement, which will see the two parties agreeing to work together on earth observation and geospatial sciences, was witnessed by David Willetts, UK Minister for Universities and Science.

Under the agreement, The University of Nottingham and National Remote Sensing Centre of China will expand their existing cooperation and to use the Compass, Galileo, GPS and other global satellite systems to undertake earth observation projects to monitor issues such as structural deformation, large-scale infrastructure real time topography and precision agriculture.

The two sides will also establish and facilitate personnel exchanges and other forms of co-operation. The Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre, based at The University of Nottingham and led by Dr Xiaolin Meng, will be implementing the activities signed in the memorandum of understanding about the remote sensing partnership.

Speaking at the People to People Dialogue, Professor Hai-Sui Yu, said: “It was an honour to be invited to speak, on behalf of UK universities, on how universities should work with business at the UK-China High Level People to People Dialogue.  A number of very exciting Sino-UK collaborations will take place as a result of the event and I am delighted that The University of Nottingham is able to play its part in this important initiative through our remote sensing partnership.”

Chinese Vice Minister for Education, Hao Ping also praised The University of Nottingham as ‘a leader in the internationalisation of higher education’ and a ‘pioneer in working with China’.

The UK-China High-Level People to People Dialogue event was attended by senior government officials from both the UK and China, including Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health), David Willetts (UK Minister for Universities and Science), Sir Martin Davidson (Chief Executive of the British Council), Liu Yandong (Chinese Vice Premier), Yuan Guiren (Chinese Minister for Education), and Hao Ping (Chinese Vice Minister for Education).

For more information about The University of Nottingham’s work in China, contact the Asia Business Centre on


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