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.
Our joint research fund is building and strengthening collaborations.
Research in genomic medicine looking at conditions such as cancer, blindness and inherited heart disorders.
Professor Cecilia Wong is a Hong Kongese town planner and social scientist at The University of Manchester.
Helen Zheng is a research associate in the Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory (SPA-Lab).
Sherry Fu established the University's China Centre – the first dedicated executive centre of a UK business school in Shanghai.
A Manchester education in China
Located in Hong Kong’s prime business district, the East Asia Centre was our first overseas hub.
In the heart of Shanghai you will find one of our largest overseas hubs.
Landmark mummies exhibition to open in Shenzhen
Manchester Museum’s first international touring exhibition, Golden Mummies of Egypt, will open at Nanshan Museum in Shenzhen on Friday 24 June.
Winners of international photography competition announced in China
Manchester China Institute and Creative Manchester staged an awards ceremony in China for this year’s International Photography Competition.
Manchester Museum announces Chinese Culture Gallery designers
Manchester Museum announces Imagemakers as the design team for the new permanent Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery, which will open in late 2022.
Global sister cities celebrated in photography competition
The competition forms part of a showcase marking the 35th anniversary of the twinning of Manchester and Wuhan.
University competition in British Council festival
The University’s International Photography Competition is featuring in British Council’s UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival.