Our Vice-Chancellor joins a senior UK government delegation to China

View of Shanghai

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett will this week join a senior UK government delegation to China, with a focus on developing partnership opportunities between the two nations.

The visit is being led by Chancellor George Osborne, supported by Ministers from the Department of Business, Industry and Skills and Energy, and Climate Change.

Also joining the Chancellor are Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and University of Sheffield alumnus Lord O'Neill, and Sir Michael Bear, who leads commercial relations with China for the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and is a former Lord Mayor of London, as well as senior representatives from industry and several northern cities.

The visit will cover a number of areas of potential collaboration, including the Northern Powerhouse and Infrastructure projects, with meetings in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.

The trip coincides with a major Shanghai trade event to highlight opportunities for Chinese companies in the UK — a Sheffield City Region team has been working with our University to highlight particular strengths in advanced manufacturing and innovation, as well as the city's excellent reputation amongst Chinese students and graduates.

New facilities such as The Diamond, and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and AMRC, are key elements of the region's prospectus for inward investment.