Jointly spearheaded by the British Council, Universities UK, and the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, the consortium draws its impetus from the Chinese government’s ‘World-Class Universities and First-Class Disciplines’ initiative, which seeks to develop several of its institutions into world-class universities. Jiangsu province, ranked second in terms of GDP out of China’s 23 provinces, has been earmarked as being key to these ambitions and is already home to several of the UK’s flagship ‘one-to-one’ higher education collaborations, such as Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou.
- To promote multilateral collaboration in world class joint research and boost innovation
- To develop international talent through mobility, leadership training and transnational education
- To raise the profile, quality and competitiveness of the participating institutions; sharing opportunities and addressing shared challenges together
- To deepen and broaden the level of strategic engagement and collaboration between universities in the UK and Jiangsu
Jiangsu is an eastern-central coastal province of China, just north of Shanghai, with its capital in Nanjing. It is the most densely populated province, but it has the highest GDP per capita of China's 23 provinces. Jiangsu is home to many of the world's leading exporters of electronic equipment, chemicals and textiles. It has also been China's largest recipient of foreign direct investment since 2006. Its 2014 nominal GDP was more than 1 trillion USD, which is the sixth highest of all country subdivisions.
Nanjing, 03/2017- British Council and UK universities joined hands with Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education and Jiangsu universities to build leading universities.
London, 12/2017- Chaired by Jeremy Hunt, UK’s Secretary of State for Health and Liu Yandong, vice premier of China’s State Council, UK and China signed the Protocol of UK-Jiangsu 20+20 World-Class University Initiative.
London, 12/2017- British Council, Universities UK International, Jiangsu Government and Department of Education, 8 UK universities and 5 Jiangsu Universities set the aim to build an alliance made up of 20 UK and 20 Jiangsu higher education institutions.
Nanjing, 04/2018- The joint NUIST Reading International Research Institute (NRIRI) within the NUIST Reading Academy, was launched at the international conference on Meteorology and Environment and International Education, witnessed by 14 academics from the UK, British Council and JPDE. Both Reading and NUIST have committed funding, about £50,000 each, as seed funds for collaborative research projects.
Jiangsu, 06/2018- Voted as the UK secretariat by partners and Prof Alan Marshall the UK chair, together with British Council, University of Liverpool visited Jiangsu University for the first chair meeting.
Jiangsu, 04/2019- University of Liverpool, University of York, Cranfield University, University of Leicester, Nanjing University and Jiangsu University signed MOU at the opening ceremony, followed by Panel discussions in 3 consortium areas- advanced manufacturing, environmental engineering and healthcare.
London, 2018 & 2019- Representatives from 13 UK partners agreed to develop collaboration with Jiangsu in mobility of students and academics, joint research projects, education of joint masters and PhDs and tailored training programmes, so as to boost innovation, the quality of research and talent development between UK and Jiangsu.