Bristol hosts China-UK Higher Education Forum 2014
4 April 2014
The University of Bristol played host on 25 March to an international conference on university research and collaboration. The China-UK Higher Education Forum 2014, jointly arranged by the University of Bristol, the British Council and the UK Higher Education International Unit, brought together Chinese and UK university professionals to hear about current best practice.
The theme of the Forum was ‘Innovation and Collaboration’. Universities today recognise the need to work closely with non-academic partners to ensure the practical application of their research and to make available the best opportunities for their students.
Delegates heard examples of innovative working methods within the UK and China, with speakers from the University of Bristol, the Technology Strategy Board, Tongji University, the University of the West of England, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, Hunan University, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, The Watershed, the National Composites Centre and BAE Systems. Attendees included 20 senior representatives of top Chinese universities as well as UK university pro vice-chancellors and colleagues.
Professor Nick Lieven, University of Bristol Pro Vice-Chancellor and host of the event, said: ‘The link between academia, industry and commerce is a global imperative for the higher education sector. The opportunity to share thoughts with senior academic colleagues from leading Chinese universities gives us a unique and valuable insight into how we might collaborate across the national boundaries for mutual long-term benefit.’