CBI member The University of Birmingham signed an agreement with the Shenzhen-based Southern University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTech) in a partnership that will explore opportunities for research collaboration and a collaborative programme of doctoral studies. As part of a visit by senior members of the Chinese institution, the two sides agreed to develop a split-site PhD programme.
The visit also included a roundtable discussion on education relationships between the University of Birmingham and SUSTech and a tour of the Birmingham Railway Research Centre. The focal point of the scheme itself will see 20-30 PhD students recruited jointly by Birmingham and SUSTech each year.
The students will be registered for a Birmingham degree, spending one year in Birmingham and being supervised by both a Birmingham and a SUSTech academic. SUSTech is a new university founded by the Shenzhen municipal government and led by the Guangdong provincial government.
In 2012, China’s Ministry of Education approved the establishment of SUSTech as an innovative pilot for higher education reform in China. SUSTech aims to build itself rapidly into an international university with advanced teaching and research capabilities.
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