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Queen's to establish China College

Queen's to establish China College

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson pictured with State Councillor Madame Liu Yandong, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China, as they joined Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Queen’s

One of China’s most senior government ministers visited Queen’s in April to offer her support to the new China Queen’s College.

Madame Liu Yandong, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China, attended a special ceremony during which its was announced that Queen’s intends to establish a China Queen’s College in partnership with the China Medical University (CMU), in Shenyang.

CMU is a top ranked Health Sciences University based in Shenyang in the North of China.  The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s has a long standing relationship with CMU and, since 2005, over 100 CMU students have come to Queen’s and graduated with MPhils/PhDs.

The new partnership will see some 1000 Chinese students studying for Queen’s degrees in pharmaceutical science in the new College. The students will be trained jointly by staff from Queen’s and the China Medical University. The China Queen’s College provides a valuable opportunity for Queen’s to establish a physical presence in China, building on its current strengths and enhancing the University’s profile in one of the largest markets in the world for international students.

During her visit, Madame Liu also witnessed the signing of collaborative agreements with Shanghai Jiaotong University, Peking University and the Chinese Scholarship Council. These institutional agreements build upon the University’s existing links in China which include the £2.3 million Science Bridge project.

Welcoming the new College, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: “The agreements with Shanghai Jiaotong University, Peking University and Chinese Scholarship Council and the announcement of our intention to establish the China Queen’s College are a sign of the powerful relationships that Queen’s has built with its Chinese partners and a symbol of the good fortune for Northern Ireland through its strengthened links with an internationally recognised super power.”

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