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Bulletin - 6 November 2009

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Vice-Chancellor extends China partnerships

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The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, returned to China last month to follow up on some of the contacts made during his meetings in Beijing in May 2009, and also to strengthen other Sussex partnerships with institutions in Beijing and Nanjing and the newly established alumni group.

One of the most important events during the visit was the signing of an agreement with the China Scholarships Council (CSC).

This is a non-profit institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, responsible for the management of the State Scholarship Fund, administering over 12,000 awards for overseas study annually.

Under the agreement Sussex has committed to offer joint awards for up to eight DPhil and visiting researchers each year; Sussex programmes will be promoted in the leading Chinese universities.

The Vice-Chancellor also had discussions at Nanjing University, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Renmin University and the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Commenting on his visit, Professor Farthing said: "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 collabora-tion, and I am looking forward to welcoming delegations from Tsinghua and Renmin Universities at the end of November."

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