UCL extends its connection to the global community with East Asia tour
30 November 2018
As London’s Global University, UCL has celebrated its ongoing connection to Chinese and Hong Kong communities with a number of events across East Asia.
UCL President and Provost, Michael Arthur has been joined by Vice-Provost (Advancement) Lori Houlihan, Vice-Provost (International) Dame Nicola Brewer, Professor Ivan Parkin, Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Professor Geraint Rees, Dean of UCL Life Sciences and a number of other academics at a string of events based across China and Hong Kong.
The two-week long trip has strengthened UCL’s ties with universities across China and Hong Kong, with the announcement of a new research partnership with the University of Hong Kong (HKU). The new partnership aims to advance the safety of medication by using artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to analyse larger populations of electronic health data to better predict health and quality of life outcomes.
Professor Geraint Rees, Dean of UCL Life Sciences, said: “We are honoured to be an institutional-level partner of the University of Hong Kong and are delighted to be celebrating a new strand of our ever-deepening partnership.”
Professor Gabriel Leung, HKU’s Dean of Medicine, said, "We are profoundly excited by the announcement of the new strategic collaboration between HKU and UCL on medication safety research and big data science. Institutional partnerships allow us to draw on the varied strengths of both faculties to better tackle research questions and real-world problems.
UCL’s new partnership with HKU builds on UCL existing links to the global community, particularly within East Asia.
The Provost and delegation also met with the new President of Peking University, Professor Hao Ping, where they signed a new Student Exchange Agreement and explored the potential for a collaboration in AI. These developments are on top of existing academic alliances including a jointly-delivered MBA.
These events were part of UCL tour of China and Hong Kong, which included a graduation ceremony in Beijing and many more alumni events.