New international agreement with leading Chinese geoscience institute

The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Geology and Geophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS).

The Memorandum, signed by Professor Alan Haywood from the School of Earth and Environment, and Professor Rixiang Zhu, the director of IGGCAS, formalises both institutions' aims to expand academic co-operation staff exchange and joint publications. 

Students will also benefit from the commitment to organising joint academic activities, such as continuing education courses, outreach and exchange.

IGGCAS is a prestigious geoscience research institution in China. It was formed in 1999 by the merging of the Institute of Geology and the Institute of Geophysics into a school as part of the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).

Professor Haywood said: "Our partnership with IGGCAS will give staff and students from both institutes the opportunity to collaborate on world leading research with global impact."

Professor Ding Zhongli, vice president of Chinese Academy of Sciences and president of UCAS said: "The collaboration on geoscience will set forward a new and ambitious future relationship between Leeds University and UCAS."

The two institutions have already co-operated in a number of areas including staff visits and research presentations.

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