The West Midlands’ relationship with China is set to receive a further boost following the landmark signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Coventry University and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).
The collaboration makes Coventry University the primary academic partner of SAIC in the UK, and will see the two organisations work together on a range of advanced engineering research and development projects. In particular, the projects will focus on technology development and professional training, taking advantage of the University’s engineering and managerial expertise. The announcement of the new strategic partnership comes days after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, during a visit to the SAIC-owned MG plant in Birmingham, spoke of ‘brighter prospects’ in the relationship between China and the region.
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