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Wednesday 28 October 2015

Solent's Memorandum of Understanding

During a recent visit to China, Southampton Solent University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with one of the country’s highest-ranking universities.

Southampton Solent will now be working together on research and continuing professional development with Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT). As one of the first Project 211 educators and a Project 985 university*, BUPT is recognised as a first-class, research-focused institution with a commitment to innovation.

During the signing, BUPT President Qiao Jianyong praised Solent for its enterprise and creativity initiatives.

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Southampton Solent University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin says: “This is an exciting time for Solent in China, and I am delighted that we are being recognised for our strengths by an exceptional university such as BUPT.

“We very much look forward to building on our relationships with China and, through close co-operation, achieving excellence in all our projects.”

As part of his visit to China, Professor Baldwin also visited the Chinese National Academy for Education Administration (NAEA) where he was awarded the title of Visiting Professor and gave an inaugural lecture on globalisation.

Southampton Solent has good relations with Chinese government agencies and, as part of its new internationalisation strategy, it continues to build strong links with the country’s universities and other sectors, in particular the Chinese maritime industry.

The University recently caught China’s attention with the launch of its China Centre (Maritime) at the IMO in September and its Director, Dr Minghua Zhao was invited to meet with President Xi JinPing during his visit to the UK this October.

Professor Graham Baldwin says: “During his recent meeting with Chinese academics working in this country, President Xi JinPing praised them for their efforts and achievements in bringing China and the UK closer and encouraged them to continue making the most of the ‘golden age’ of China-UK relations. This is something we are actively promoting here at Solent; through our partnerships with Chinese institutions, exchange programmes and our China Centre (Maritime).”