Sussex 2025

Joint Institute in Artificial Intelligence

The University of Sussex and Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou, China received formal approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education to establish a joint institute in artificial intelligence (AI).

The joint institute will offer a total of four undergraduate and postgraduate degrees; two BEng degrees and two MSc degrees. The bachelors degrees will be in Robotics and Electrical Engineering alongside Communications Engineering, while the masters programmes will be an MSc in Robotics and Autonomous Systems and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Systems.


The new degrees will start from September 2020 and will recruit up to 300 students annually. Students on the BEng programme will do four years of full-time study at Zhejiang Gongshang University and get joint University of Sussex and Zhejiang Gongshang University degrees, while the postgraduate students will receive full University of Sussex degrees.

The joint institute, which is expected to educate up to 1,000 students over four years, offers a new way to go beyond physical space and considers the broader global and societal needs, particularly in a post Covid-19 world.