Leading UK and Chinese Universities partner with industry to drive step changes in energy and manufacturing
Leading UK and Chinese Universities have exhibited projects in energy storage; clean transportation and smart manufacturing at the China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair (CIEF) in Guangzhou, China. The Universities also established the UK-CHINA Knowledge Exploitation and Innovation Forum, which held its all-day meeting during CIEF on Saturday 22 June. The 2019 UK-CHINA Knowledge Exploitation and Innovation Forum was successfully held at the China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair (CIEF) in Guangzhou, China The Forum is the latest event organised by the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UCEER), which is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top engineering research institutions and businesses in China. The Consortium is led by Queen’s University Belfast and Southeast University in Nanjing and is made up of nine universities in the UK, and nine universities in China. It is funded by the British Council. The Forum brought together leading figures from the government, academia and industry to discuss novel and cross-boundary collaboration between UK and China, with a focus on energy storage; clean transportation and smart manufacturing. In keeping with the Consortium’s focus to actively pursue government and industry support to ensure the sustainability of its activities, the UK Partners of the Consortium are establishing a relationship of cooperation with the Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau, and a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate this is nearing completion. The Memorandum of Understanding means that UK Partners will work with the Guangzhou government to promote and facilitate engagement and cooperation in the areas of science and technology. The work will take place through various different organisations, including administrative departments; higher education institutions; medical institutions; scientific research institutes; and business enterprises. Speaking on behalf of the UK Universities involved in the Consortium, Queen’s University Belfast’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Mark Price, said: “Universities play a fundamental role in developing world-class sectors; partnering globally with each other, and with companies to increase exports; and developing new technologies. “The UK-China University Consortium helps to connect industries, bringing together experts from different fields, and offering new insights and building new links.” Ralph Rogers, Area Director South China, the British Council, said: “I’m confident that partnerships like this herald a new phase of collaboration, taking our relationship from student mobility and joint degree programmes, to high-value knowledge economy partnerships that are focused on research and innovation activity.” Gareth Taylor, Science and Innovation Consul, commented: “Scientific collaboration has been at the heart of the UK-China relationship. The UK and the Greater Bay Area can and should work together to achieve the great aims and to be partners as we nurture innovation-driven economies.” The events have been made possible with support from UK Science and Innovation Network’s Global Partnership Fund and additional support from the British Consulate General Guangzhou.