Strategic cooperation agreement signed between Peking University and University College London
NOV . 20 2017
Peking University, Nov. 11, 2017: On November 9, 2017, Peking University and University College London (UCL) agreed on details for their strategic cooperation. The document, signed by Lin Jianhua, president of Peking University and Michael Arthur, president of UCL, stated that the two universities will cooperate in eight upcoming research and pedagogy projects.
The two universities will cooperate in various fields such as science, technology, culture, and ecology. Through the Megacities Sustainable Development Research Project, UCL Bartlett’s global faculty of the built environment and the PKU School of Urban and Environmental Science will work together to develop policies for solving problems in megacities such as Beijing and London. Through the Reducing Incidences of Spina Bifida Research Project, UCL’s Institute of Child Health and Peking University’s Health Science Center will jointly develop a research project with a fund of 5 million pounds. The project aims to further test and confirm a preliminary finding that common vitamins found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meat can effectively reduce the incidence of spina bifida by studying 9,000 pregnant women in China. The Confucius Institute Project at UCL’s Institute of Education aims to reform the teaching of Chinese in British schools and strive to provide each secondary school with opportunities to study Chinese. In addition, a series of curricular cooperation projects are also included in the agreement, such as an MBA program co-founded by the UCL School of Management and the PKU National School of Development in September this year, as well as the new 5-year dual medical degree program.
At the forum, Lin Jianhua said, "The cooperation between UCL and PKU forms a positive, cooperative and allied model that can spread all over the world and plays an important role in enhancing mutual trust, solving global issues and promoting cultural exchange. "
Michael Arthur said, "UCL is committed to bringing together talents from all over the world to confront the most pressing challenges of our time. The cooperation between UCL and PKU is an excellent example of how integrating different perspectives and expertise of different fields will make real changes and impacts."
Since last November, the strategic partnership between PKU and UCL has continued for a year, covering a wide range of disciplines including medicine, urban planning, language education, and archeology.
In June 2017, the inauguration ceremony of the Model Confucius Institute at UCL Institute of Education
In November 2016, signing ceremony of the MBA cooperation program
Written by: Qian Kang
Edited by: Fu Wenyun, Karen Xu
Source: PKU News (in Chinese)