The University of York has announced that it is to sign a new exchange agreement with Peking University, one of China’s most prestigious institutions of higher education. The exchange programme will allow five undergraduate students from York to study in Peking for a year, and both undergraduate and postgraduate Peking students to return to study at York.
The agreement between the two universities will be formally enacted this week, during Vice-Chancellor Koen Lamberts’ visit to China. The visit will also include Professor Lamberts meeting with officials from the China Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Technology, and participating in a meeting of the UK Russell Group and China’s elite C9 universities. In addition, he will attend various focus groups with senior York alumni regarding careers and networking. There are estimated to be nearly 6,500 graduates from the University of York currently living in China, with significant alumni groups of York graduates in Beijing and Shanghai.
The University of York already enjoys highly beneficial research collaborations with Peking, such as one on atmospheric pollution, led by Professor Ally Lewis.
Professor Lamberts commented:
“It is important for us to have exchange agreements with leading universities, such as Peking. Our students benefit enormously from spending part of their degree in another country, and experiencing what other cultures and economies have to offer. York is one of the most international universities in the world and has a long history of welcoming students from China. This five-year agreement presents an exciting opportunity for both universities. I look forward to both institutions working together in the coming years as we strengthen existing research ties and develop new opportunities for academics and students.”
Hilary Layton, the Director of Internationalisation at York, added:
“Our research projects in China are increasingly important, and include partnerships in plasma science, safety-critical systems for railways and heritage management. We have also been able to facilitate city-to-city contacts between York and Nanjing, through our long partnership with Nanjing University – another of the elite C9 group. These partnerships bring benefits to our research outputs, the career prospects of our students and to the city of York.”