Liverpool John Moores University has further strengthened its international collaborative ties with China through a third partnership signing with an institution from the country within the past month.
Earlier this week, the Changshu Institute of Technology (CIT) visited the University to formalise a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide opportunities in areas including electronic engineering and the arts. Last month an MoU was signed with Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) to launch a joint football academy in Shanghai, while Jiaxing University signed up to accounting, finance and nursing collaborations.
LJMU is a founding partner of the Sino-British College (SBC) in Shanghai along with the University Of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) and other Northern Consortium UK Universities, and presently teaches 60 students on two Engineering degree programmes.
The University has also established links with a number of Chinese HE Institutions including the Changshu Institute of Technology, Shanghai University, Shanghai Maritime University, Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC), Tianjin University of Commerce (TUC) and Shanghai Dianji University.
Since 2010 LJMU has been promoting a China version of the John Moores Painting Prize in partnership with the University of Shanghai and welcoming the winning artists to take up a fellowship with the LJMU Art and Design Academy. Research at the University has also played a significant part in shaping UK Government and diplomatic responses to the rise of China as a global power.
Dr Edward Harcourt, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) explains the importance of the links between LJMU and Chinese universities:
“Establishing new collaborative partnerships are essential if we are to achieve our international ambitions and position LJMU as a globally engaged University. Through cooperation universities can address global challenges through educating citizens across borders and raising the quality of research that directly benefit society. China is now the world’s largest higher education economy, and as we deepen our engagements with a select group of Chinese universities, we will be developing new joint degree programmes and research institutes to ensure that our staff and students have a direct way to engage with the rise of higher learning in China.”