Reporter 445, 24 January 2000

Leeds leading way into China

The University is forging stronger links with China’s leading universities through a unique research partnership with 22 higher education institutions. Leeds is the only English university to sign up to the Shenzhen virtual university park (SVUP) in South China, which provides 22 of the country’s leading technology-based institutions with a physical location to develop collaborative projects.

The agreement offers Leeds researchers access to the site’s office and laboratory facilities and staff support. It also offers major opportunities to develop projects with leading multinational companies based in the surrounding Shenzhen industrial park.

Shenzhen has been established as a special economic zone by the Chinese national and provincial authorities, who are trying to establish the region as a key centre for technology and innovation.

The agreement was brokered by Hong Kong Baptist University, with which Leeds has long-standing links, and follows a visit to the region by head of the Leeds University Business School Lord Woolmer.

The first delegation of University staff is expected to visit Shenzhen in the spring. For more information contact Laura Barjonas, head of international development, on ext 4080, (

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