During his visit to Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in May 2017, Professor Max Lu, University of Surrey President and Vice-Chancellor, signed an agreement with SUSTech President Professor Shiyi Chen for a collaborative PhD programme.
The programme will see an initial five PhD students spend two years at Surrey in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and two years at SUSTech, with supervisors from both universities. Applications for the programme will open for enrolment in 2017-18.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed by the two Presidents which set out intentions to pursue further collaborations in education and research, including student and staff mobility, collaborative education programmes and joint research activities. Discussions were held around other areas of collaborative activity between the universities including scholarships for University of Surrey students to spend up to a year in Shenzhen, China as part of their Professional Training Year.
Professor Max Lu, University of Surrey President and Vice-Chancellor said:
We are pleased to announce this exciting collaborative initiative with SUSTech, one of the most dynamic and ambitious new universities in China. Since hosting President Shiyi Chen’s visit to Surrey in summer 2016, we have worked closely to align our strategies and to focus on research excellence and innovation impact. On my recent visit to SUSTech, I was delighted to sign an MOU with Professor Chen on a collaborative PhD programme, which marks the first steps in what I hope will be a productive long-term partnership with SUSTech