Swansea University and Soochow University sign Memorandum of Understanding

Swansea University’s Centre for NanoHealth has extended its global link to a new partner, from the Chinese city of Suzhou, home to the Nano Science and Technology Park.

Soochow University President, Professor Xiulin Zhu and his colleagues have visited Swansea University at the invitation of Dr Weixi Xing, Director of China Centre in the Department of Research and Innovation at Swansea University.

Soochow visit

Professor Xiulin Zhu and colleagues toured the newly opened Centre for NanoHealth at Swansea University, and met Dr Steve Conlan, Director of Centre for NanoHealth, Professor Steve Wilks, Head of College of Science, and Dr Zhidao Xia, lecturer in the College of Medicine.

During their meeting, opportunities for research collaboration and student exchange programmes in the strategic area of NanoHealth were discussed.

Swansea University Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies and Professor Xiulin Zhu signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the two universities’ intensions to explore strategic collaborations.

Prof Xiulin Zhu said: ‘‘It was great to meet staff at Swansea University’s Centre for NanoHealth. I have seen a number of opportunities to deepen our relationship with Swansea, particularly in the area of NanoHealth and materials engineering.’’

Vice-Chancellor Professor Davies said: ‘‘It was a pleasure to welcome Professor Xiulin Zhu and his colleagues to Swansea University. Soochow is a highly rated University in China with complementary research strengths to our own. The visit enabled us to identify exciting opportunities for collaboration and I hope that this is the beginning of a successful long term relationship between both institutions.’’

Professor Wilks and Dr Conlan plan to make a return visit to Soochow University in April where they will also visit Biobay, an innovative science and technology centre for the bio- and nanotechnology industries.

This item was posted by  Manon Llwyd, Swansea University Public Relations Office, Tel: 01792 513454, or email: m.llwyd@swansea.ac.uk