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Planning an urban China

08 November 2010

Professor Liu Lun and Dr David GrantProfessor Liu Lun and Dr David Grant formally signed the Memorandum of Understanding

As China’s urbanisation continues, there is a great demand for academic and professional planning experts.

The School of City and Regional Planning has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chongqing Jiaotong University to help meet this need.

Under the terms of the agreement, students on the Masters in engineering or management courses at Chongqing Jiaotong will be able to come to Cardiff to study for one year. They will end their studies with two Masters degrees. The first group of around ten students is due to arrive in Cardiff next autumn.

A delegation from Chongjing Jiaotong visited Cardiff recently, led by the Chairman of the University Board, Professor Liu Lun. They formally signed the Memorandum of Understanding and discussed other possibilities for co-operation, including with the School of Engineering.

Dr Li Yu, Director of the International Centre for Planning and Research at the School of City and Regional Planning, said: "China is undergoing a rapid process of urbanisation. Becoming an Eco-city will be a development target over the next two to three decades for most Chinese cities. There is a great demand for planners and a multi-disciplinary approach of involving planning, architecture, economics and engineering to address the challenges of promoting development while protecting environment in a sustainable way. At Cardiff, the students will have the opportunity to study a number of different aspects in planning, including international planning, urban development, transport, regeneration and sustainable planning."

The agreement is the third of its kind signed by the School with a Chinese University, following Xiamen University and Hefei University of Technology.

It follows the successful recent official University visit to China where The Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, was honoured by China’s Capital Medical University in recognition of the two institutions’ pioneering cancer research partnership.

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