Connecting universities to businesses

University of Essex visit to ChinaDuring their recent business visit to China, Essex International has played a key role discussing collaboration between the University of Essex and Chinese businesses in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and future networks. Business leaders in Jiangsu Province met the University of Essex’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, and Director of the Institute for Analytics and Data Science, Professor Maria Fasli. The meeting followed the University of Essex welcoming business and technology leaders from Jiangsu to its Colchester Campus in a special visit, co-ordinated by Essex International, earlier in the year.

The meeting was also attended by representatives from Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute, the Institute of Intelligent Manufacturing Technology, the Institute of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technologies, the Institute of Future Networks Technology and the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Equipment.

“We had a very positive meeting and discussed areas of collaboration around artificial intelligence, robotics and future networks.

Essex International has played a really vital role in connecting us with businesses in Jiangsu. We are really excited about the opportunities in Jiangsu – particularly around connecting in with the strengths of our Institute for Analytics and Data Science.”

Professor Maria Fasli, Director of the Institute for Analytics and Data Science

Strengthening international education and business links

Mr Nie, Deputy Director-General of Jiangsu Finance OfficeWhilst in China Essex International has also been supporting the University of Essex to help promote the University’s big data analytics consultancy to a large insurance company. The big data analytics project will aid business performance and requires support from the Department of Organisation in Jiangsu which Essex International has requested. The project will be a key project in the Essex-Jiangsu relationship, a relationship which goes back almost 30 years.

The project will further strengthen the international education and business links between the two regions. University of Essex Vice Chancellor Professor Forster has just returned from visiting China for the third time in 12 months to build on the links already built, with Essex International’s support, with Chinese businesses and universities.

“We are really lucky to have developed strong links with businesses and universities in China over the last year. This latest visit will include advanced discussions with potential education and research partners who are keen to work with the University of Essex.”

Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex

Promoting vocational exchanges

Mr Xie Director-General Jiangsu General Office and Chairman of Jiangsu Football Association

Essex International also helps to recruit students from China for universities, colleges and schools. During their visit to China Essex International has been exploring the opportunities in vocational exchanges and collaboration in youth football development. Essex International met with the Jiangsu Department of Education to discuss potential football exchanges, for children and teachers, and the next steps in Mandarin language teaching in Essex schools.

The Jiangsu Department of Education has very close links with Essex County Council’s education team. Projects are agreed through the East of England - Jiangsu Partnership which is managed by Essex International on behalf of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils. The partnership helps businesses, schools, universities, vocational colleges, museums, cities and regions develop profitable partnerships. This has increased exports to China and attracted new inward investment to the East of England.

About Essex International

Essex International works with companies and organisations to help them make the most of the opportunities of a UK and Chinese market across a number of specific business themes . . .

  • University of Essex visit to ChinaExport to China – connect companies to interested buyers in China
  • Inward Investment from China – helping UK regions attract inward investment
  • Student Recruitment in China- helping recruit students from China for universities, colleges and schools
  • Development of Chinese Professionals – providing training to Chinese professionals through UK professional training institutions

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Source [University of Essex]

Peter Manning
Peter Manning

Head of Essex International

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Extensive 'in market' experience in China, India and the UK. 15 years in the fields of inward investment, international trade, international realtionships and business development. His experience of helping UK and Chinese businesses, universities and governments do business together has given Peter detailed knowledge of how to do business in China and a wide range of contacts. Peter has an MBA from Henley Business School (Reading University), and was awarded an OBE in 2019 in the New Year’s Honours List for UK/China Relations.