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From Chongqing to Cardiff

04 March 2010

From Chongqing to Cardiff

Visitors from Chongqing were welcomed to Cardiff recently to learn more about the University’s campus planning and development strategy.

A number of senior staff members from Chongqing University, including Executive Vice President Professor Zhang Siping, met with Cardiff staff to discuss opportunities for strengthening existing links between Cardiff and the Chinese province.

They were formally welcomed to Cardiff by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Blood. Professor Tim Wess, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Estates, gave a presentation on the University’s campus development plans and there was an opportunity afterwards for the visitors to tour the Cathays Park campus.

The visit forms part of a growing list of new and established links between the University and Chongqing University, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last year. Professor Peter Blood and Sandra Elliott, Director of Communications and International Relations, visited Chongqing in October 2009 to join in the University’s 80th anniversary celebrations.

A number of Schools at Cardiff have set-up research links with both Chongqing University and with the wider province. In March 2009, the School of Medicine signed a three-way Memorandum of Understanding with Chongqing Medical University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in the area of public health.

Professor Phil Jones, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture, Professor Phil Bowen, School of Engineering, and Dr Yu Li, School of City and Regional Planning, are among those due to visit Chongqing later this year to discuss future research collaboration.