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Hong Kong and China Portal
The University of Kent has launched a five-year fundraising project aimed at generating £2 million to support new scholarship, student exchange and research initiatives involving Hong Kong and China. The Hong Kong and China Portal brings together a range of University programmes and initiatives, provides a focus for links between European and Chinese researchers, and offers students life-changing study and work abroad opportunities.
The fundraising project, which is actively supported by Kent's Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow, aims to raise funds to be used in three specific areas:
- To provide scholarships and hardship fund for Hong Kong and mainland Chinese students coming to Kent.
- To support funding for exchange students on short-term or one year exchanges between Kent and universities in Hong Kong and mainland China.
- To support staff and research interaction between Kent and universities in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Yong Yan, School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Yong Yan, Professor of Electronic Instrumentation and his colleagues Peter Lee and Gang Lu in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts have been awarded 411,147 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the programme of Renewable Energy Technologies. This is part of an international collaborative project with partners from the Universities of Nottingham and Leeds and collaborators from Zhejiang, Xian Jiaotong and Tianjin Universities in China.
The overall support from the EPSRC for the consortium is nearly 900,000. Additionally, power generation organisations, including E.ON, RWE power, Alstom Power and China Datang Corporation, have agreed to provide a total in-kind support of more than 120,000 for the research.
This collaborative project provides a platform for the research groups from both UK and China to tackle the common challenges together.
Steve Liu, Kent Business School
Professor Steve Liu, professor of Management Science and Computational Mathematics in Kent Business School, has been undertaking collaborative research with the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2005 in a wide range of subjects in business and management.
As a result, Kent Business School has a joint research and teaching centre with the Institute of Policy and Management, the Centre for Anglo-Chinese Business and Management, an international workshop series in performance and innovation, jointly supervised PhD students, exchange visitors, and many joint research publications. Professor LiuI was awarded Outstanding Overseas Scholar Grant by CAS from 2006 to 2009.
Professor Liu also undertakes research with the Centre for Evaluation Research Performance in China. A large scale collaborative project, Performance Ranking for International Research Institute, with CAS, finished in 2009, and the Centre has organised international assessment for top Chinese universities such as Shanghai JaioTong University in 2007 and Zhejiang University in 2011.
Kent Business School has a joint research centre in performance management at Shanghai JaioTong University, established in 2009. A research project entitled 'Performance management in the public sector' has resulted in joint research papers, a workshop, and exchange visitors.