Our strategic partnership with Xiamen University supports joint academic programmes, a PhD scholarship scheme and student and staff exchanges.
Cardiff was the first city in the UK to twin with a city in China when it partnered with Xiamen over thirty years ago.
Our partnership agreement with Xiamen University, signed on 18 November 2016, extends our long-standing relationship and existing collaborations on fields of mutual interest, including catalysis research.
Initiatives of the new agreement include the development of collaborative training of researchers through co-supervision of doctoral students, as well as a joint fund to provide £1.2m of seed corn funding for collaborative research projects to attract external funding and create new trade links for Wales.
Previous benefits of our relationship with Xiamen include the creation of a Confucius Institute at Cardiff in 2008. The Institute delivers an extensive programme of Chinese language education, promotes Chinese culture in Wales and supports collaboration between Wales and China. Additionally, Cardiff Business School and Xiamen University School of Management and Economics have an existing formal agreement on joint PhD student supervision and have co-organised two joint symposia held in Xiamen in 2015 and Cardiff in 2016.
If you are interested in finding out more about our international activities, or forming a partnership with us, please contact the International Office.