University researches China links

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EDINBURGH University has strengthened its ties with a Chinese university after signing a research agreement.

Edinburgh principal Sir Timothy O’Shea and vice-president Li Yansong of Peking University signed the memorandum of intent at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The agreement will establish a National China Research Centre at Edinburgh and a National UK Research Centre at the Beijing institution, allowing academic co-operation in a range of subjects, including economics, politics and culture. PhD and Masters students will also have the chance to spend time at the partner institutions.

Sir Timothy said: “This historic agreement marks another significant step for the University of Edinburgh, whose links with some of China’s finest academic institutions continue to grow.”

Edinburgh University, which established an office in Beijing in 2005, has relationships with more than 50 universities in China.