press release
Published: 09 November 2016

University of Surrey welcomes Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai

By Peter La

Ma Kai, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, visited the University of Surrey today (09 November).

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Ma Kai, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, visited the University of Surrey today (09 November). 

Vice Premier Ma and his high-ranking delegation, including Ministers Xiao Yaqing and Baikeli Nuer, were welcomed to the University, during the first visit of any Chinese Vice Premier to Surrey, by Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University

His Excellency visited the University's world-leading 5G Innovation Centre, which brings together leading academic expertise and major industry partners, including the Chinese multinational company Huawei, to define and develop a global 5G network that will radically change lives across the world. Through their work, they have already developed a technology that enables speeds of one terabit per second (Tbps) - more than 1,000 times faster than the highest 4G speed. 

Vice Premier Ma also enjoyed a tour of University of Surrey spin-out company Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, the world's premier provider of operational and commercial satellite programmes. 

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “We are delighted that Vice Premier Ma and his colleagues were able to visit the University of Surrey today. We have a rich heritage and are proud of our strong links with China.

“UK-China relationships are now more important than ever and the future of higher education depends heavily on collaboration and the sharing of expertise.

"With over 1,300 Chinese students currently enrolled at the University, Surrey also enjoys fruitful partnerships with China, including the Surrey International Institute (SII), which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. It is a joint campus with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE). The SII-DUFE relationship is widely considered to be an example of best practice of transnational education collaboration.” 

The University of Surrey’s teaching and research collaborations with China are underpinned by our strong global reputation and excellence in many areas such as space science, 5G technology, physics and electrical engineering, and tourism.

In these areas the University of Surrey has established long-standing relationships with top institutions in China such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. The University will shortly be welcoming the President of Sun Yat-sen University to Surrey reinforcing our strong ties through the world’s leading Schools of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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