Forging new international collaborations

17 Apr 2009 14:19:00.000

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Satellite navigation experts at The University of Nottingham are fostering international collaboration following a recent visit by a senior delegation from the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping of China (SBSM).

During their visit, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed agreeing a long-term partnership between the University of Nottingham and SBSM, an addition to a recently renewed MoU between the University's Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG) and the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping.

The collaboration will include investigating the possibility of the University providing training for the SBSM senior administrators and the prospects for joint research projects of mutual interest, especially in the area of satellite positioning and navigation.

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Professor Alan Dodson, University of Nottingham Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Geodesy, said: “The University is very pleased to have initiated this collaboration with the State Bureau, which builds on the University’s extensive links with China.

“The IESSG is exceptionally well-placed to co-operate with Chinese survey and mapping colleagues in terms of both research and training, and I hope and expect firm commitments will be forthcoming following this very successful visit.”

The SBSM is the administrative organisation in charge of all the surveying and mapping work for the whole of China. The delegation, which visited Nottingham from March 29 to 31, was led by Mr Chaozhi Song, Deputy Director General of SBSM, who was accompanied by the bureau’s Head of International Affairs Mr Qian Wang, whose remit covers international cooperation and exchanges.

The distinguished visitors were hosted by Professor Dodson, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Director of the International Office Mr Vincenzo Raimo and senior members from the IESSG.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's ‘only truly global university’, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives ( in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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