April 15, 2018, by Kevin Shakesheff
Having flown from Malaysia to China over the weekend, I spent this week teaching and visiting partners in China. The first visit was to Tianjin University for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our School of Pharmacy has set up a 2+2+1 course with TUTCM to give students training in TCM and “Western” medicines. I taught the 2nd cohort of students on the course. They will come to Nottingham for 2 years from Sept this year.
The next stage of my China visit was to meet with key staff at UNNC. The Faculty has long standing activities in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences and a new 2+2 in Chemistry. Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences are growing and having to cope with rapid staff number expansion. It was good to see close collaborations between staff at UNNC and UK and the support of staff in the UK was very much appreciated by all I met.
The China trip concluded with a visit to AstraZeneca in Shanghai. I visited them a decade ago when their operation in China was small but growing. They have a strong presence in China with a superb facility in Pudong, Shanghai that now include 3 phases of building to create a campus that rivals any R&D site in the world. They are now expanding R&D at their Wuxi manufacturing site.
Monday 9th April
Gave 4 lectures at TUTCM
Tuesday 10th April
Held case study workshop at TUTCM
Travel to UNNC
Wednesday 11th April
Meeting with Dean of Science & Engineering, Tao Wu
Meetings with UNNC Heads of School/Dept for Computer Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Chemical Engineering
Meeting with Chris Rudd, Provost at UNNC
Visit to UNNC Incubator with Jessica Li
Thursday 12th April
Visit to AstraZeneca Shanghai
Friday 13th April
KLM economy flights to Birmingham via Amsterdam