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Emerging strategic partnership with Peking University

Principal theme: Delivering global impact

Building on closer ties between the UK and China, UCL is developing a strategic cross-institutional partnership with Beijing-based Peking University (PKU) to create new opportunities for UCL staff and students.

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During the China state visit in October 2015, UCL hosted PKU Chair of Council Professor Zhu Shanlu, who accompanied President Xi Jinping (pictured above with UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur at a celebration of the UCL Institute of Education’s support of Mandarin teaching in UK schools, which took place during the same trip).

In April we also welcomed the President of PKU to explore future opportunities for collaboration in areas including education and sustainable cities.

The range of partnership work underway between UCL and PKU is broad, including a collaboration between UCL’s China Centre for Health and Humanity and PKU’s Institute of Medical Humanities, as well as the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) – a joint association between PKU’s School for Archaeology and Museology and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

In September UCL Institute of Education's Confucius Institute, of whom PKU have been the Chinese partners since 2006, announced £10m funding to roll out the UK government's Mandarin Excellence Programme.

These initiatives are enabling UCL students to engage with, learn from and be inspired by academics from around the world, enriching their experience and equipping them to be global citizens.

In 2015–16 James Ashcroft, a 22-year-old UCL History graduate, was among the first scholars to take part in PKU’s new Yenching Academy programme. He undertook a fully funded Masters programme in China Studies with fellow top university scholars from 35 countries.

As a result James was Director of Logistics of the Yenching Global Symposium in March 2016 – the first event of its kind organised by students.


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