Rob Avery-Phipps graduated from the University’s Ningbo Campus in 2012 with a Masters in International Relations. Inspired by his experiences in China, he decided to create the China Britain Regional Initiative (CBRI) upon his return to the UK.
CBRI works directly with local authorities in China and the UK, enabling meaningful and long-term programmes that generate economic, educational and cultural connections.
The Midlands has some of the UK’s strongest regional connections into China, and CBRI helped set up the Midlands Engine China Group. They have also coordinated a high-level mission to key regions in China, and supported with the ME Internationalisation Strategy.
This work was recognised by UK and Chinese central governments as the Midlands was awarded the honour of hosting the UK-China Regional Leaders Summit in 2020.
CBRI was also comissioned by Lincolnshire County Council to develop a twinning relationship with China's Hunan Province, with the two officially becoming twinned regions in 2018.
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