SUSTech signed an enhanced Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with King’s College London (King's or KCL), one of the world's leading research universities. This MoU aims to promote deeper collaboration between the two universities on education, healthcare, life and health sciences, etc. The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox and Shenzhen Mayor Chen Rugui were present to witness the signing ceremony. British Consul General Guangzhou Karen Maddocks, Shenzhen Vice Mayor Gao Zimin, and King’s Deputy Vice President Tayyeb Shah also witnessed the ceremony.
The King’s delegation led by the President and Principal Ed Byrne, visited SUSTech on January 5th to extend the relation between SUSTech and King’s. This partnership will benefit SUSTech in its interdisciplinary research, academic and intellectual exchange, as well as enhance education, healthcare, life sciences both for the city and the university.
SUSTech President Chen Shiyi and King’s President Ed Byrne signed the enhanced MoU on behalf of the two universities.
Professor Chen said: “The collaboration between King’s, one of UK’s oldest universities, and SUSTech, one of China’s youngest research universities, will lead to enhanced opportunities for higher education and research in the fields of healthcare, life sciences, medicine, mathematics, etc.”
Professor Byrne said: “We feel excited for the opportunity to couple our world-leading expertise in Health with the innovative drive of SUSTech in the fast-growing Great Bay Area.”
Before the signing ceremony, SUSTech University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong and President Chen Shiyi met with the delegation led by the King’s President Ed Byrne in SUSTech. Both sides engaged in deep discussion regarding medical education and research.
King’s College London:
King’s is one of the oldest higher education institutions in England. King’s has produced 12 Nobel laureates, including Peter Higgs, a Nobel Prize Winner in Physics for his discovery of Higgs boson; 16 Heads of Government or State, and 34 current British MPs. King’s Clinical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Mental Health, Nursing and Dentistry are among the best in the world. Its highest world ranking in recent years was the 10th, and it was ranked 21st in 2017 QS Comprehensive Ranking.
Source: Office of Global Engagement
School of Medicine Planning Office
Text: Xia Yingying
Photo: Wang Kaiqiang