University of Sheffield Agrees Engineering Exchange with China and the US

30th September 2016

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield has today (28 September 2016) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nanjing University to contribute to an innovative tripartite exchange programme that also involves Ohio State University in the US.

The three world-leading universities will hold summer programmes to support undergraduate engineering students to work together to innovate, create and commercialise their inventions. The students will work on technological solutions to help improve the lives of those with medical conditions. The University of Sheffield already has a long track record in developing the entrepreneurial skills of its students, with student start-up companies receiving over £2 million in investment last year. Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sheffield, who attended the signing ceremony at Nanjing University during a visit to China, said: "This is a tremendous development and one which will offer genuinely exciting opportunities to engineering students from all three countries to work together on stimulating projects in international teams. "I am delighted that the University of Sheffield is able to use its strength in engineering and enterprise education in such positive manner to work internationally with other similar-minded universities. Innovation and entrepreneurial skills are truly critical to the economies of the UK, China and the US." Nanjing University partners the University of Sheffield in its Confucius Institute, which has twice been named a Global Confucius Institute of the Year. The two universities also have longstanding partnerships in key areas of engineering and materials science. In addition, the Vice-Chancellor addressed Nanjing students on the subject of political economy and the future for young people of both nations at the request of the University's President, with whom he has developed a strong relationship of scholarship and friendship. Professor Zhang Yibin, Chancellor of Nanjing University, said: -This three way exchange builds on the long-term relationship Nanjing University has with Sheffield and the ongoing program with Ohio State, so it integrates current bilateral partnerships into a new stage. -In China, Nanjing University is one of the four national demonstration bases for innovation and entrepreneurship of higher education. I believe it very necessary to have more international partners in training global leaders with innovation and entrepreneurial abilities.-

You might also be interested in

St Luke’s Joins Chamber as Patron in 50th Year

Fri 17th June 2022

St Luke’s has joined Sheffield Chamber as a Patron as it celebrates its 50th year.

BCC: Upswing In Trade Must Be Sustained

Mon 13th June 2022

Responding to the latest ONS Trade figures released today, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy, said:

Three days of jobs and advice - The Source and LUFiS stage Sheffield’s biggest careers event for young people

Mon 30th May 2022

A three-day careers event - the biggest in South Yorkshire - to steer young people into training and jobs which will grow their potential and lead to successful careers.

BCC Respond to New Trade Framework Deal with Indiana

Fri 27th May 2022

Reacting to news of the deal, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, said: