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

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