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PM Cameron highlights Sussex research links with China

University of Sussex research links with Fudan University in Shanghai have been highlighted as an example to Chinese investors of how the two countries can work together.

Mr Cameron is in China, leading the biggest-ever Government delegation to the country, including Chancellor George Osborne, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and Education Secretary Michael Gove.

During a lunch with trade leaders and investors, the Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to support Chinese investment in the UK, citing collaboration on environmental research between the Tyndall Centre and the Shanghai institution.

The Tyndall Centre, which tackles issues around climate change, is made up of eight institutions led by the University of East Anglia (UEA), including the University of Sussex as a core partner alongside the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Cardiff.

Both China's central and Shanghai governments have supported the development of a Chinese hub of the Tyndall Centre in Fudan, while Fudan's University's Urban Planning and Architectural Design Institute (UPADI) will set up an office in London.

Professor Jim Watson, who is director of the Sussex Energy Group and the University of Sussex Tyndall Centre director, says: "The partnership with Fudan University is an exciting opportunity for The Tyndall Centre and its partner universities including Sussex. At Sussex this will build on our track record of climate change and energy research co-operation with Chinese institutions, developed over the last ten years.

"We are currently working for the UK government with Tsinghua University on the prospects for more low carbon innovation in China - research that will inform the UN climate negotiations in Cancun in a few weeks time.

"Shifting China's growth towards a more sustainable, low carbon path is a key challenge both for Chinese policy makers and for international co-operation."

University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing says: "We have been able to take Sussex's partnership strategy to a new level with some of the leading universities in China, by building on the links which our faculty have already made with colleagues in these institutions.

New opportunities have been opened up for both research and teaching collaboration, while we continue to welcome increasing numbers of Chinese students to our campus. We have also recently welcomed delegations from Tsinghua and Renmin Universities."

Chinese companies are now active in all sectors in the UK, creating jobs across the country, and investments in 2009/10 were up 23 per cent on the previous year.

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Last updated: Thursday, 11 November 2010