CBI member The University of Nottingham is joining forces with the Ningbo Government to establish the Nottingham-Ningbo New Materials Research Institute, a deal valued at £6m over five years.
The announcement of the University’s collaboration coincided with a visit by the Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, the Rt. Hon Anna Soubry MP, to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) in September, where she met some of UNNC’s most enterprising young graduates who are setting up their own start-up businesses in China.
During her trip, Ms. Soubry also announced a £1m joint Low-Carbon Research Centre between the University and the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute. Business Minister Anna Soubry said, “Higher education is one of the U.K.’s most important exports to China and the University of Nottingham is at the forefront of this drive. It is doing fantastic work to build strong partnerships with Chinese institutions and provide thousands of local students with world-class British degrees. This new £6million materials research institute will boost collaboration even more and pave the way for new business opportunities.”
As part of the University’s ongoing relationship with the city in Zhejiang province, the aim of the Institute is to create five international research teams, and, in the longer-term, to commercialise the research in order to promote the rapid development of the new materials industry in Ningbo.
The world-leading research taking place will look at composite materials and engineering, including soil mechanics, particle materials and technologies, sustainable materials and advanced manufacturing technology, new energy materials and technology, and advanced materials and technology.
The Institute will also be home to new businesses in these sectors that will be supported by the Ningbo National Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone and Ningbo Municipal Science and Technology Bureau.