Fresh accolades for The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

02 Oct 2009 17:20:00.000


The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China has received more international recognition for sustainability and cutting-edge architecture — to complement the two awards it has already received in 2009.


The University has been nominated for a prestigious British Business Award for its outstanding work on environmental sustainability in China. The British Business Awards (BBA) 2009 are organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in China and are supported by UK Trade & Investment, the Confederation of British Industry, the British Embassy in Beijing and the British Council.


Nottingham’s nomination for the BBA ‘Green Award’ focuses on a stunning research facility at the Ningbo campus — the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET). CSET uses innovative technologies within building design and is a landmark collaborative project between the UK and China, addressing some of the major issues affecting sustainable development in China and the rest of the world.

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CSET provides laboratory, office, teaching and research facilities and was designed as an exemplar building, to minimise its environmental impact by being zero carbon and generating all of its energy requirements from renewable sources. The Centre is helping The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (UNNC) to play a pioneering role, contributing to a number of sustainable development initiatives and leading the way in fundamental research to help tackle the challenges of climate change.


The BBA ‘Green Award’ is sponsored by BP and aimed at British-owned organisations that are striving to embed environmental sustainability as a core principle of how they operate in China.


CSET has also won another award in its own right — the ‘International Architecture Award for 2009’ by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. The Awards recognise cutting-edge design and celebrate the world’s best new architecture. This year’s jury for the International Architecture Awards was held in Helsinki, under the auspices of the Finnish Association of Architects.


These latest successes follow two other awards won by CSET earlier this year. The Centre was named the winner in the ‘Green Buildings’ category at MIPIM, the world’s premier property convention, in Cannes in the spring. In the same week, CSET was named as the ‘Best Environmental Design’ in the 2009 Space Awards in Beijing, a competition that rewards the very best in innovative, eco-friendly design in the People’s Republic.


Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation at The University of Nottingham, said: “These are prestigious international awards and it is very gratifying to see CSET — and UNNC as a whole — recognised for playing a leading role both in terms of architecture and environmental awareness. UNNC is undertaking world-leading research and development, and energy sustainability and sustainable development are central to this research agenda.”


The British Business Awards are organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in China to recognise and promote excellence in innovation enterprise and endeavour in the British institutions in China. The Awards showcase individuals and organisations operating in China across a variety of disciplines who are achieving outstanding results. Winners of the 2009 Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Beijing on November 5th.


More information on the British Business Awards can be found at:


More information on the International Architecture Awards 2009 is available at:


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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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