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Photography exhibition at Cardiff University reveals urban development in Xiamen

04 March 2008

A collection of photographs showcasing the construction and regeneration of the Chinese City of Xiamen is being displayed at the University on Thursday 6 March 2008.

Organised by the International Centre for Planning & Research at the School of City and Regional Planning, the exhibition will introduce invited guests to the latest developments in Xiamen, highlighting its growth and progression over the last 25 years.

The exhibition is also a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Cardiff with Xiamen.

The School has strong links with Xiamen University, and run a joint Masters degree enabling students at Xiamen to study at Cardiff. The School is also involved in a number of ‘live projects’ giving postgraduate students from Cardiff the opportunity to work on real regeneration projects within Xiamen.

Dr Li Yu, Director of the International Centre for Planning & Research at the School of City and Regional Planning said: "We look forward to hosting this exhibition at the University. Xiamen has developed into a beautiful city over the last two decades, and it’s fantastic that students from the School are able to get involved with regeneration projects within the city."

Cardiff University has a number of links with China, and following the launch of the photography exhibition delegates will visit the newly-opened Confucius Institute.

The Institute aims to help Welsh organisations and individuals build stronger links with China and offer a range of courses to help overcome challenges such as language, an understanding of business protocol and a knowledge of Chinese culture and traditions.


Notes to Editors:

1. Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning
Cardiff University’s School of City and Regional Planning is recognised as Britain’s premier planning school. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise it was awarded the top, Grade 5*, rating, indicating research of the highest, international standard. It is the only planning school in Britain to have been awarded the top research rating in each of the last four research assessment exercises. In the ongoing independent assessment of teaching quality, the School has also achieved the highest "Excellent" rating.
The School’s four research groups are: urban and regional governance; housing and the built environment; environment and countryside planning; and spatial analysis, urban planning and transport.

2. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).
2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.
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3. The exhibition will be launched at 9.30am on Thursday 6 March 2008 in the University’s Main Building. Interview and photograph opportunities are available.

Further information:

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Dando
Public Relations Office
Tel: 02920 879074