Strengthening our partnership with Nanjing University

We have further strengthened our partnership with China's leading Nanjing University by signing an agreement to boost research collaborations.

Professor Wang Zhenli with Professor Koen Lamberts

Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Wang Zhenli, Vice-President of Nanjing University, signed an agreement to establish a joint seed fund for research partnerships which will address the world’s greatest challenges during a visit by a delegation from China yesterday (Wednesday 19 June 2019).

Professor Koen Lamberts said: “We are extremely proud of our longstanding partnership with Nanjing University and are excited that this will continue to flourish through the establishment of a new joint seed fund for research collaborations.

“By exchanging knowledge and working together, we can make a vital difference in solving the world’s greatest challenges and making a real difference to people’s lives.”

During the visit, the delegation from China met staff from all faculties to discuss opportunities for potential further research collaboration and student and staff exchange. The group was also taken on a tour of The Diamond and the Centre for GaN Materials and Devices.

The agreement further strengthens our longstanding relationship with Nanjing University – ranked the fifth best university in China by Times Higher Education – with collaborations and student exchanges in disciplines across science, engineering, medicine, arts and humanities and social sciences.

Visitors from Nanjing University

Our current collaborations with Nanjing University include:

  • The Joint Research Centre for Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Optoelectronics, a collaborative effort, with both universities contributing significant expertise and research capabilities in the field of nitride semiconductor materials and devices. The centre serves to strengthen collaborative links while increasing research output and enabling staff and student exchanges.
  • An exchange agreement between Nanjing University and our School of East Asian Studies, which allows Chinese Studies students in Sheffield to study abroad for a year in Nanjing.
  • Research in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences with Nanjing University’s School of the Environment.
  • An exchange agreement, which gives students from Nanjing’s high quality English department the opportunity to study in Sheffield for a semester.