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Sheffield strengthens ties with Taiwan

The University of Sheffield has signed an agreement with a Taiwanese University, which will see both institutions engage in activities such as staff and student exchanges, collaborative research and summer schools.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Sheffield and National Chung Hsing University in Taichung was signed yesterday on 18 January 2010 by Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Dr Jei-Fu Shaw, President of National Chung Hsing University. The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at the University, and Miles Stevenson, Director of Development at the University.

The agreement will strengthen the University┬┤s ties with Taiwan, and open up the potential for closer research collaboration in the areas of biotechnology, bioengineering, nanotechnology, medical devices, energy and low carbon. The University of Sheffield has a long and established relationship with Taiwan, with the first student from the country graduating in 1969. Professor Lenny Koh – an expert in green technologies – visited the country in 2009 to advise businesses in Taiwan about `green exporting┬┤ to Europe.

Professor Keith Burnett said: “The University of Sheffield is very pleased to announce this five-year agreement with National Chung Hsing University. We are looking forward to developing closer academic relations in a range of areas and seeing our staff and students working and studying together.”

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