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UCL and Peking University strengthen relationship

2 October 2006

Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International), hosted a visit to UCL by a senior delegation from Peking University last Friday to discuss developing the links between the two universities.

Professor Worton with Professor Lin Jianhua

Professor Lin Jianhua, Executive Vice-President for Academic & International Relations at Peking University, was accompanied by his colleagues Mr Xiao Qun, Deputy Director, Office of Humanities & Social Sciences and Dr Ruqing Zheng, Assistant Director, Office of International Relations.

The delegation held wide-ranging discussions with UCL staff actively involved in existing links with Peking University, including Professor David Norse, who has been instrumental in furthering the UCL/Peking collaboration to date in his capacity as Pro-Provost for China Hong Kong and Macao. Professor Moira Yip, who succeeds Professor David Norse as Pro-Provost for China, Hong Kong and Macao this week, also took part in discussions.

UCL has established projects with Peking University in the areas of Laws, Archaeology and Medicine. The International Centre for Chinese Heritage & Archaeology, which is managed jointly by UCL and Peking University, is a particularly significant area of the collaboration.

UCL academics and their guests discussed the advancement of the long-standing relationship between UCL Laws and the Peking Law School. Professor John Martin of the Centre for Cardiovascular Biology & Medicine is to lead at UCL on a joint research initiative in cardiovascular medicine. It is also hoped that a new collaboration in chemistry will be developed.

Image: Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International), with Professor Lin Jianhua, Executive Vice-President for Academic & International Relations, Peking University