University strengthens links in China
A senior delegation led by our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, visited Shanghai and Hong Kong last week as part of the University’s ongoing China engagement strategy. We were very pleased to create an opportunity for the Chancellor to meet with a number of leading Chinese businesses at an industry roundtable event in Shanghai, together with an alumni reception in Hong Kong.
Corporate engagement in Shanghai
Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice President of Corporate Engagement and Dean of the School of Management, hosted a lunch reception with the Vision of Women network. This group of highly successful Chinese business women explained the challenges they have faced in setting up their own companies and working for larger enterprises in a highly pressurised and competitive environment where expectations for women to achieve are extremely high.
Professor Hope Hailey and Professor Gary Hawley, Dean of Engineering and Design, then facilitated a presentation and discussion at the St Regis Hotel, Shanghai in the presence of our Chancellor and Chinese business leaders from different organisations including GKN, Jaguar Land Rover, Deloitte, Smiths, China British Business Council, the British Council and Shanghai Chambers of Commerce. The conversation explored opportunities for the University to strengthen our industry relationships in China around its strengths in Engineering and Management and considered how these could be further developed in the context of China’s future economic growth and development.
Professor Hawley outlined the exciting new project that the University has embarked on to develop a world-leading Research & Innovation Institute to support the delivery of efficient and ultra-low and zero emission vehicle. The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will open in 2020.
Professor Hope Hailey commented:
“It was a great opportunity to increase our understanding of how the University can work alongside Chinese organisations in developing the next generation of innovative and creative business leaders.”
Alumni reception in Hong Kong
Well over 100 alumni and guests joined our Chancellor, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, for a special reception in Hong Kong, to share the news that the University has raised more than £67 million for our Look Further campaign and to thank our supporters in the region.
Since it first opened its doors 50 years ago, the University has gone from strength to strength, which is underpinned by the incredible and continued generosity of our alumni community around the globe. From providing student placements, to sharing industry networks, to creating PhD scholarships, our international alumni community have enabled our University to prosper on the world stage.
Speaking at the reception, the Vice-Chancellor said:
“I am always impressed with the extent of our partnerships around the globe. Furthermore, I am proud of the commitment of our alumni worldwide, and their investment in the University of Bath’s continued success. There is a powerful connection that exists between Bath alumni and our University, no matter where in the world they live.
“Over the coming years you will see us launch new partnerships and strategic relationships, and we hope to see a significant growth in students choosing to undertake our Masters programmes. And I would like you to be our champions telling all you know and encounter about how wonderful it is to study at Bath.”