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Enhancing good relations in Hong Kong

13 Hydref 2008


A high-profile tour has been building Cardiff University’s profile in Hong Kong.

A delegation from the University, including Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant, Nobel laureate Professor Sir Martin Evans, and Professor Wen G Jiang, Cardiff School of Medicine, visited Hong Kong last week to promote new opportunities for research collaboration whilst enhancing existing good relations with universities and businesses in the region.

One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to the Chinese University of Hong Kong where Sir Martin, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, delivered a lecture on the origins of embryonic stem cells. This formed part of the University’s series of Nobel Laureate Distinguished Lectures in association with Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Sir Martin and the other delegates spent the day at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where they met with members of staff and university and secondary school students from the region.

The visit reflects the spirit of ongoing collaboration between Cardiff University and higher education institutions in Hong Kong. The signing of a memorandum between the Department of Primary Care and Public Health in Cardiff and the Chinese University of Hong Kong last year has already resulted in several successful academic exchanges. The relationship with CUHK builds on other links with institutions in Hong Kong and a track record of welcoming students from Hong Kong to study at Cardiff.

Earlier this year, Professor Wen G Jiang, one of the Cardiff delegates, launched a pioneering Chinese Medical Scholarship, in order to attract the most talented Chinese medical scholars to Wales for research into breast and prostate cancers.

The Vice-Chancellor and Sir Martin Evans also addressed a gathering of Cardiff alumni and friends to celebrate the University’s 125th anniversary, organised in partnership with the Hong Kong Alumni association, with particular help from Sharon Fong.

Sandra Elliott, director of the University’s International Development Division, said: "Cardiff University has a long history of welcoming students from Hong Kong and one of the aims of this visit has been to increase awareness of Cardiff and ensure that we continue to attract quality students. One of the ways we can achieve this is by building on our current strong links with institutions in Hong Kong and developing further opportunities for world-leading collaborative work, and a very strong association of Cardiff alumni."