Published: 09 December 2014

Spotlight on Surrey’s close engagement with Asia

A documentary by The Business Channel TV highlights the University’s strategy of building partnerships in Asia.

‘Showcasing UK Education to China' was made by The Business Channel TV as part of a series of documentaries for the China-Britain Business Council, aimed at helping UK companies grow and develop their business with China.

Surrey was one of six UK universities to be featured in the programme, which included interviews with Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Relations Professor Vince Emery and Director of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) Professor Ravi Silva. The programme was first broadcast on The Business Channel on 28 November.

With the UK becoming a prime academic provider for Asian students in recent years, universities have begun to engage substantially with Asia. At the forefront of this trend, Surrey created the Surrey International Institute in partnership with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in 2007, and has increasingly expanded its global research profile with Asian partners. Recent projects have included the University’s collaboration with TATA Steel and the University of Hyderabad, funded by the UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI), to deliver more efficient solar energy; and an environmental research project with the Chinese Research Academy for Environmental Sciences (CRAES) in Beijing.

Speaking in the documentary, Professor Vince Emery commented, “Our international strategy is around building partnerships, and Asia is a key area for this with economic growth and very strong investment in the Higher Education sector. It’s really a partner of choice for us.”

“Addressing global challenges such as water security, energy resources and infectious diseases needs global networks, and we very much see our links into Asia as a mechanism to deliver that agenda.”

He added, “We see opportunities for collaboration with Asian institutions as a chance to enhance the student experience and the internationalization of our campus.” The University attracts high numbers of Asian students, with over 1,600 students from China currently studying at Surrey.

‘Showcasing UK Education to China’ can be viewed on The Business Channel website.



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