The University of Manchester's work with China

Our work with China has created strong links with business, public authorities and students. We have a partnership of historical importance and continued growth.

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At a glance

  • Home to the Manchester China Institute and the second Confucius Institute in the UK
  • Second largest Chinese community in the UK
  • 46,000 alumni in China
  • Manchester-Beijing direct flight route
  • Board member of the Manchester China Forum

Collaborations are focused on opportunities for rapid commercialisation and increasing the scale and impact of our research. Together we’re securing partnerships with the next generation of world-leading research institutions with joint collaborations providing access to data, governmental funds and support for joint research centres. 

Key exchange and research partners include:

  • Beijing Normal University
  • East China Normal University
  • Fudan University
  • Nanjing University
  • Zhong Shan (Sun-Yat Sen)
  • Zhejiang University
  • Tsinghua University

But we're not solely focused on research. We're also broadening student mobility with our global centres. One of our largest global centres is in Shanghai and has been operating for ten years. Around China, our extensive alumni network provides active partners for business and education, and on campus we have more than 5,600 Chinese students bringing their culture and knowledge to Manchester. 

Our China and Confucius Institutes

The University is home to the Manchester China Institute, which promotes academic research on China on campus, and a Confucius Institute, which focuses on teaching Chinese and culture promotion in the broader Manchester community. The University is also looking forward to the 2022 opening of a new Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery at the Manchester Museum. In the video below, Peter Gries discusses the initial launch of the Manchester China Institute.


Research partners

Our people

A Manchester education in China