University of Leicester academics attend reception in Buckingham Palace
The reception in Buckingham Palace was hosted on Monday 27 February by the Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew, and the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Professor Bai.
This is another step in our international strategy which aims to build links with HE institutions in areas where we welcome many students from. With 1300 Chinese students at the University, collaborations and partnerships are a vital part of making long lasting and sustainable relationships.
The new fellowship initiative funds cooperation and aims to support highly-qualified international scientists and postgraduate students to work and study at CAS institutions and strengthen their scientific collaboration with CAS researchers.
The reception was attended by Professor Sarah Dixon (PVC International), Professor Andrea Cooper (Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation) and Professor Heiko Balzter (Centre for Landscape and Climate Research/Department of Geography).
The CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) offers a package of international fellowships and is available for four categories of international researchers and students: distinguished scientists, visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers and international PhD students.
Professor Dixon said: “There is no doubt in my mind that our University would benefit enormously from taking up these marvellous opportunities for developing strong research ties with China. Faculty or PhD students who spend time on collaborative research within China will not only be able to increase their research outputs, access funding, build sustainable research alliances and access key research networks, but also have the opportunity to experience first-hand all the excitement that China offers in terms of its rapidly developing economy, its diverse and beautiful country and its history and culture.”