22 May

British Ambassador at Edinburgh-Zhejiang event

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.

British Ambassador Barbara Woodward addresses the audience

British Ambassador Barbara Woodward addresses the audience


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.

Some of the Edinburgh academics who will deliver the programme in China.

Some of the Edinburgh academics who will deliver the programme in China.

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  1. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

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