Queen's and China: 20 years working together

Queen’s University has been developing strategic partnerships in China for over two decades.
Of the 1,800 international students studying at Queen’s, we have a vibrant Chinese community of over 600 students.
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Invaluable relationships

Over the past 10 years, Queen’s University has invested over $10m in China-related research in areas such as sustainable energy, information technology, food security and cancer research.

The University is in the top 180 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Russell Group.*

It is ranked 25th in the world for International Outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018) and 1st in the world amongst 159 Universities for its pioneering Graduate School (International Student Barometer 2017).

*QS World University Rankings 2019

Large group photo, taken in the Westin Hotel in March 2017 at the kick off meeting

UK China Engineering Consortium


A group of UK Russell Group Universities, led by Queen’s University Belfast, have set up a partnership with the top nine engineering institutions in China, in a bid to build major collaborations around research and education.

The partnership is the first of it's kind and was set up following a prestigious award by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China.

UK China Engineering Consortium

Educational partnerships in China

Helping the next generation of students become world-class, global scholars through our collaborative efforts with our partner institutes.

Campus building at China Medical University – Queen’s University BelfastJoint College

China Medical University – The Queen's University of Belfast Joint College

In 2014 a Joint College, was established by Queen’s in partnership with China Medical University.

CMU is one of the foremost medical universities in China and has full approval from the China Ministry of Education and delivers Queen’s degrees complying with UK Quality Assurance standards.

Degrees are delivered within high-quality purpose built teaching and research facilities on CMU’s new Shenbei campus, Shenyang, Liaoning Province.

This joint partnership allows Chinese students to study for UK undergraduate Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmaceutical biotechnology degrees without having to leave China. Currently 250 students are enrolled at the joint college which will grow to 500 students by 2019.

Our partnership with China Medical University


We established an education partnership in 1997 with Shenzhen University, China, the longest serving partnership programme in Queen’s to date.

This visionary partnership helps the next generation of students become world-class global scholars, encouraging internationalisation across disciplines.

Since its inception, there have been more than 1,000 students registered on the programme in Shenzhen and more than 600 of these students have progressed to Queen’s, completing degrees in Engineering, Computer Science, Architecture, Finance, Economics, Business Management and Psychology.

Our relationship with Shenzhen

Research partnerships in China

Research collaborations working on some of the biggest projects both in China and the UK.

Professor Kang Li

Harbin Institute of technology and Cranfield University

The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council-National Science Foundation of China (EPSRC-NSFC) is a jointly funded iGIVE project on electric vehicles and smart grid

The project aims to develop an intelligent grid interfaced vehicle eco-charging (iGIVE) system for better grid solutions to power electric vehicles. The project is a research collaboration between Queen’s with Harbin Institute of Technology, the State Grid EPRI of China, Shanghai Electricity Company and Cranfield University.

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The Birds Nest Olypmic stadium in Beijing

Shanghai Jiao Tong

A strategic alliance and joint laboratory, led by Professor Weidong Chen from Shanghai Jiao Tong and Professor Kang Li from Queen's, has assisted with several important projects.

These include an autonomous wheelchair which was exhibited at the Shanghai EXPO 2010 and work on the construction of the China Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium and the Hangzhou Bay Sea Cross Bridge.

During the past five years, Queen’s University has co-authored 807 research publications with 184 Chinese Partner Institutions.


UK-China Science Bridge project

The UK-China Science Bridge is a collaboration to accelerate the deployment of research knowledge and research links in both the UK and China through dedicated technology transfer.

The Science Bridge Project at Queen’s has seen the establishment of five joint UK-China joint laboratories and one joint research centre, over 200 joint research papers, six prizes and awards, seven joint projects, and over 50 student and staff exchanges.

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Queen's is always looking into new and exciting areas for research and development with our global partners. If you have a project that may be of interest you can contact us to discuss it further.

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