Interim Vice-Chancellor Mark Power has begun a week-long trip to China as the university seeks to strengthen ties with key global institutions.
Travelling with Dr Julia Wang, Head of China Engagement, the V-C will take in Yunnan Agricultural University, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai Normal University and the Department of Education for Yunnan Province.
The university is building on new collaborations in both teaching and research and seeking additional partnerships.
Mark’s first stop was at Changsha Institute of Technology where he met staff and students and attended an opening ceremony for the 2nd cohort of the LJMU Dual Award Bachelor Engineering Programme.
Another major link up – with Yunnan Agricultural University (YAU) - will bring 200 plus students each year onto dual award programmes, and will potentially attract international students from South Asia, as Yunnan Province borders Vietnam, Laos, and Burma.
LJMU has also been invited by the Deputy General Director of Yunnan Provincial Department of Education to discuss potential partnerships with other universities in the province.
Progress in two research collaborations signed over the past 12 months will also be discussed with the Shanghai University of Engineering Science (SUES).
These joint research hubs – the Smart Sportswear Using Sensor Technology ‘hub’ and the Intelligent Packaging Design ‘hub’ involve academics from Sport & Exercise Science, the Faculty of Engineering & Technology and the Liverpool School of Art & Design.
During the trip Mark has been awarded Honorary Professorships from SUES and YAU to acknowledge his achievements in Fine Art, as well as his leadership in furthering the respective partnerships.