Institute hosts delegation from Northwest University, China

14 July 2016

Prof Chen Honghai (Director of School of Cultural Heritage, NWU) meeting with Prof Sue Hamilton (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

The Institute recently hosted a delegation from the School of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University (NWU), Xi'an, China to renew a Memorandum of Understanding between both institutions.

Northwest University (NWU) was the first university in China to establish undergraduate courses and research degrees in conservation and heritage management.  Today the School of Cultural Heritage at NWU is one of the leading archaeological departments in China.

The School is well connected with archaeological institutions both in the region and throughout the country and leads research in Zhou/Qin/Han/Tang period archaeology, Silk Road Studies and Eurasian Archaeology Studies.

Prof GUO Lihong (President of NWU) and Prof Anthony Smith (UCL Vice-Provost, Education & Student Affairs)

A Memorandum of Understanding was originally signed in 2007 between the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology, UCL (ICCHA) and the School of Cultural Heritage, NWU, concerning exchange and collaboration in the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage conservation and management.

Since that time, over 20 students and academic staff from NWU have come to UCL to pursue studies or to undertake research as visiting academics while UCL students have undertaken placements at NWU.

In addition, through NWU, the ICCHA hosted a China National training programme which arranged visits to UCL for Directors of Chinese provincial Archaeological Institutes in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Members of the delegation included Prof Chen Honghai (Director, School of Cultural Heritage, NWU & Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology), Prof Li Wei (Deputy Director, School of Cultural Heritage, NWU), Dr Zhou Jianhong (Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Heritage Management, School of Cultural Heritage, NWU) as well as Prof Guo Lihong (President of NWU & Professor of Economics) and colleagues.

Institute hosts delegation from Northwest University (NWU)

Following the signing of the MOU with the Director of the Institute, Sue Hamilton, the delegates undertook a tour of the Institute's facilities including the Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories led by the Lab Manager, Ian Freestone, Environmental Laboratories, led by Reader in Zooarchaeology, Louise Martin and Conservation Laboratories, led by Lecturer in Conservation, Renata Peters.

The delegates also had the opportunity to view the Institute's Collections and exhibitions in the A.G. Leventis Gallery, led by Collections Manager, Ian Carroll as well as receiving a tour of the Institute's Library, led by Librarian, Katie Meheux.