The two universities have collaborated on a number of joint research projects in marine technology, engineering and maritime logistics including two on-going EU FP7 projects on supply chain integration and maritime safety respectively (totalling €1m).
The agreement will facilitate the development of research and teaching collaboration through two dual programmes at a PhD and Masters level respectively at the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations.
WUT is located in Wuhan, the economic and cultural centre in Central China. It is ranked as the 49th best Asian university and 10th best in China and in the top 400 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014.
The delegation toured the teaching and research facilities within the School of Engineering Technology and Maritime Operations and visited the research institute, Liverpool Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute, where Professor Yan gave a research seminar sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering Innovations in technologies for marine power systems.
Professor Xinping Yan, Vice President of WUT, commented:
"This visit has encouraged us to make LJMU our main university partner in the UK in the future. We will direct our students to pursue their doctoral research and postgraduate study at LJMU. We will make every effort to make use of the currently available resources at WUT to facilitate the development."
Dr Edward Harcourt, LJMU's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement commented:
"We were delighted to mark the maturity of our relationship to WUT by signing two new agreements for joint PhD and MSc study during Professor Yan’s recent visit. Our link to Wuhan University of Technology stretches back more than ten years and the joint research projects between our two universities provide a very strong basis on which to build."
Professor Xinping Yan, Vice President of WUT, headed the delegation consisting of Professor Yunan Yao, Professor Qianming Shang, Professor Hongmei Zhou and Mr Lingzhi Sang.