The Ministry of Education in China has given approval for the University of Sheffield and Nanjing Tech University in China to open a joint institute.
The centre, which will be based in Nanjing, will see its first cohort of students arriving in September 2017 to start studying for degree programmes in Chemistry, Financial Mathematics and Materials Physics.
Currently, the institutions work together to allow students to transfer to the University of Sheffield for their final year in these areas. However, the Joint Institute will allow students to gain a Sheffield degree without leaving China as they will be taught by Sheffield staff in Nanjing. Students will still be able to transfer between the campuses should they wish to gain experience in Sheffield.
In addition, the Joint Institute will seek to develop PhD collaborations as well as joint research initiatives, starting with Green Chemistry. While many existing collaborations between UK and Chinese universities concentrate on business and engineering courses, this new centre will lead the way in developing a comprehensive base for collaboration in science.