Pippa Craggs from the AHRC’s International team
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of RCUK in China, over 100 UK and Chinese delegates attended the event ‘RCUK China – Five Years and Beyond’ in Beijing. Delegates heard about successful RCUK-China collaborations and discussed future areas for collaboration between the UK and China. A number of research figures, including Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of AHRC, travelled to China to take part in the event. Representatives from a range of Chinese funding organisations, leading Chinese research institutions, and UK organisations based in China also actively engaged in the day’s discussions.
This was my first time in China, it was a great opportunity build on our working relationship with our Chinese colleagues. What struck me particularly was not just the breadth of high quality research already taking place but the very clear focus of our Chinese colleagues for driving forward research and innovation across the disciplinary spectrum”.
In his role as Chair of RCUK, Professor Rylance announced major new collaborative investments which will build on RCUK China’s success and ensure that the UK and China remain at the cutting edge of research and innovation. Following the main event, myself and my RCUK colleagues had a number of meetings with colleagues in China – including the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Watch this space as developments unfold and we very much look forward to building on the contacts made during this trip.