By Professor Charlie Jeffery, Senior Vice Principal, the University of Edinburgh
Next stop Zhejiang University, one of China’s top universities, with which the University of Edinburgh is planning the launch of a joint Institute of Biomedical Sciences next year.
The idea of the joint institute grew out of the shared research interests of colleagues in our School of Biomedical Sciences and at the Zhejiang University School of Basic Medical Sciences.
Together they hatched a plan in early 2013 to develop a joint institute whose first outcome will be a four-year BSc in Biomedical Sciences which will launch in 2016.
We celebrated all this in a special ceremony led by the Zhejiang University Secretary Deshui Jin, with the British Ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward also making a short speech.
Our Assistant Principal Jeremy Bradshaw set out the plans of the joint Institute and its Executive Dean, Professor John Stewart, was unveiled.
The BSc will have an annual intake of 150 students, building up to a total of 600 over a four year cycle.
Everything has been planned jointly, from the curriculum to the funding model and the logistics of moving into Zhejiang’s brand new international campus. The new campus is being built from scratch on an extraordinary scale.
Academics from the two universities will teach together at the new campus, in English, with the possibility for students to spend part of the four years at Edinburgh.
All in all a model collaboration.