University links with China on new chemistry degree
Release Date 13 May 2011
The University of Reading is collaborating with a Chinese university to teach a new undergraduate degree in applied chemistry from the autumn term.
Reading is one of just a handful of institutions to be approved by the Minister of Education in China for partnerships such as this.
The new agreement will see students at Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) in Jiangsu province undertake a four-year BSc in applied chemistry. The first three years will be spent in China with support from Reading staff; students will then spend their final year at the University's Whiteknights Campus.
The new collaboration builds on an existing partnership with the University's Department of Chemistry through which NUIST students can study for a Masters degree at Reading.
Professor George Marston, Head of the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, said: "We are delighted to be working with colleagues in China. There were hundreds of applications to work with institutions in China this year, and Reading is one of just 18 chosen for a joint venture. We hope that this will be the start of more collaborations with NUIST."
Professor Steven Mithen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and External Engagement), said: "Securing this new agreement reflects the outstanding international reputation of chemistry at the University of Reading. It is a further addition to our extensive number of international collaborations, reflecting our status as a truly global University".
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Notes to editors
The School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy is a multi-discipline School with research and teaching activities covering a broad range of science. Degrees are offered in pharmacy, chemistry (and associated 'chemistry with' programmes), food science, food science with nutrition and food technology. The School also offers a number of continuing professional development courses.
Research activities are very broad, ranging from pure and applied life science through material science to physics; areas of interest include pharmacology, drug design, development and delivery, functional foods, nutrition, flavour chemistry, polymer and nanoscience, atmospheric chemistry and the physics of surfaces.