Manchester and Tsinghua launch dual PhD programme

Manchester and Tsinghua launch dual PhD programme

The University of Manchester and Tsinghua University have launched a new dual PhD programme in Synthetic and Systems Biology, with the first cohort of students are to commence studies in September 2020.

The dual PhD programme builds on the existing collaborative agreement between Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and Tsinghua University’s Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, signed in 2016.

The United Kingdom-based University of Manchester and the Chinese Tsinghua University have had an ongoing relationship for several years since the establishment of ties in 2007 during the tenures of Professor Alan Gilbert and Professor Gu Binglin.

Manchester and Tsinghua dual PhD strengthens existing partnership

In January 2018, the partnership between the two universities was formalised when the presidents of each university – Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell and Professor Yong Qiu – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Dr Neil Dixon from The University of Manchester’s Department of Chemistry has been appointed Programme Director, and will provide the academic leadership for its implementation and development.

For over a decade, there have been numerous research collaborations initiated between the two universities – especially in Science and Engineering.

The launch of this dual PhD initiative represents a significant milestone in the development of the broader relationship between The University of Manchester and Tsinghua University.

Professor Martin Schroeder, Vice President of The University of Manchester and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, stated: “The area of industrial biotechnology, embracing synthetic and systems biology, is a research beacon for The University of Manchester, representing a world-leading interdisciplinary activity with major funding and outstanding outputs and impact.

“This new collaboration with Tsinghua University will enable new routes to translation of research discoveries to the market-place to the benefit of all, and will also forge an important new relationship between the two Universities.”

Pic: The University of Manchester China Centre

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