Leeds welcomes Chinese delegation

Moves towards closer international research and teaching collaborations have been forged during an official visit to Leeds by the Vice-President of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).

The delegation from Shanghai International Studies University is welcomed to Leeds by Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International, Professor Hai-Sui Yu; Director, International Office, Jacqui Brown, and International Marketing Manager, Claire Freeston

Professor Wang Jing and Leeds’ Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International, Professor Hai-Sui Yu, discussed how specific working relationships could assist both universities, as part of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

This is the latest in a number of agreements the University has concluded with highly-regarded institutions worldwide, as part of its strategy of building effective relationships to support research, student experience and knowledge transfer activities.

SISU is recognised internationally for the quality of its languages teaching.

Speaking after the meeting, Professor Yu said: “Leeds is a truly global university and the mutual relationships we are building in China and other countries should encourage individual academics to collaborate with the most innovative thinkers around the world.

“We know that internationally-co-authored research publications receive greater citations, so relationships like those we are forging at SISU will have real benefits for academic staff.”

Jacqui Brown, Director, International Office, said: "We were delighted to welcome the SISU delegation to Leeds recently, after our staff had been welcomed to their campus in Shanghai last year. 

“During the meetings in Leeds, different models of collaboration and partnership were discussed between Leeds and SISU. Both sides expressed keen interest in developing the relationship between the two universities further, and we look forward to working more closely with SISU in future to achieve our mutually beneficially goals across our research, student education and staff/student mobility agendas.”

Academic staff from Media and Communications, English, Law, Business, Languages and Education, in particular, are now exploring opportunities for closer collaboration, with student/staff exchanges, online co-teaching, research and transnational education (TNE) all expected to form part of future discussions.

Accompanying Professor Wang in the delegation were:

  • Gu Yiqing, Director of Digital Communications, Assistant Researcher and PhD candidate in English and Translation Studies
  • Wang Zheng, Deputy Director, Office of International Cooperation and Exchange
  • Yi Yonggang, Director, University Communications; and
  • Associate Professor Zhu Lian, Deputy Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication.

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