[photopress:Imperial_college_shaking_hands..JPG,full,alignright]That heading could, perhaps, be misread so a quick explanation. Imperial College London — a most excellent educational establishment despite the fact that its name reeks of the British Empire — now has an arrangement with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Tsinghua University in Beijing. The idea is that the universities work together, promoting co-operation through the exchange of information and staff and students.
Imperial and Shanghai Jiao Tong University will enter into an academic affiliation building on a series of existing research links on departmental level. This new collaboration will allow post-doctoral researchers and graduate students to travel between the two institutions and train at both universities.
Meanwhile the agreement between Imperial and the Tsinghua University in Beijing focuses on academic collaboration through the exchange of staff and students.
Deputy Rector, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz traveled to China as part of the College’s Centenary celebrations. He said, ‘Imperial already has strong links with China, a country with an appetite for scientific knowledge and technological advances that matches our own. I’m delighted that these new agreements will strengthen our relationship further and it’s great to come here to see for myself the pace of economic growth.’
There are over 700 alumni in China and 1,332 current Chinese students studying at the College.
Source: Imperial College London