Lancaster delegation visit China to increase UK/Chinese business collaborations
A delegation from Science and Technology, along with representatives from the Management School, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Vice Chancellor's Office, and Lancashire County Council, flew out to China last week to meet with the Guangdong Department of Science and Technology.
The Guangdong Department of Science and Technology is based in the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in south east China. It has a population of more than 71 million residents and has a gross domestic product comparable to the Netherlands.
The partnership with Guangdong, which exploits the university's excellence in research and business partnerships and enterprise, was first announced by the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, while visiting China with Prime Minister David Cameron in December 2013.
The focus of the trip was to progress the £5.1 million Lancaster China Catalyst Programme - created by Lancaster University and part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Catalyst Fund, the University and Lancashire County Council. The programme aims to revitalise the UK's position in the global exports markets, create 240 jobs, help 400 domestic businesses and boost the economy by £40m.
Representatives from the university and the Guangdong Department of Science and Technology interviewed potential applicants for the China based Lancaster China Catalyst Programme positions, and discussed plans for the programme. This concluded with the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding between Lancaster University and Guangdong Department of Science and Technology. The memorandum outlines their aims to increase the level of partnerships between UK and Chinese technology SMEs through collaborative research projects leading to the development and commercialisation of new products and services for global markets.
The delegation included Andy Walker, Head of Business Growth and Innovation for Lancashire County Council, Jenny Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council, and the following representatives from Lancaster University:
- Faculty of Science and Technology:
- Dr Ruth Alcock, Head of Business Partnerships & Enterprise, Lancaster Environment Centre
- Dr Mark Bacon, Faculty Director for Business Partnerships and Enterprise, who was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire about the trip
- Professor Kevin Jones, Director of Lancaster Environment Centre
- Dr Hong Li, International Partnerships Manager, Lancaster Environment Centre
- Dr Mark Rushforth, Head of Business Partnerships & Enterprise, Physical Sciences
- Dr David Tyfield, Director of the International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment
- Lancaster University Management School:
- Helen Fogg, Project Manager, Lancaster University Management School
- Lancaster China Catalyst Programme:
- Mark Beresford, UK-China Project Manager
- Jing Lu, UK-China Project Officer
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
- Dr Martyn Evans, Director of Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts
- Vice Chancellor's Office:
- Professor Bob McKinlay, Special Adviser to Vice Chancellor's Office
- Nicola Owen, Chief Administrative Officer
- Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor
- Research & Enterprise Services:
- Dion Williams, Head of Knowledge Exchange Support
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