PhD scholarships on offer at University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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13 Jun 2011 15:05:00.000


The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), the first Sino-foreign university, is increasing the intake to its Graduate School to cater for growing demand for its world-changing research.

It is offering at least 15 PhD scholarships across the University’s three faculties: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Science and Engineering. At least four scholarships are available for candidates who wish to pursue a PhD in business and international economics-related fields.

The scholarships are for full-time students registered at UNNC. Full scholarships include tuition fees and a monthly living allowance for up to three years. Comfortable on-campus accommodation is also available for successful candidates.

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Each PhD student is assigned two supervisors, one based at The University of Nottingham in the UK and one at UNNC. Joint scholarships offered by UNNC and The University of Nottingham, UK, are available for PhD students who need to conduct their research in China as well as the UK.

Scholarships will be awarded to candidates on the basis of their academic credentials, with the continuation of the scholarship from year to year subject to performance and other conditions. Candidates must satisfy the University’s minimum English language entry requirements.

Applicants will be expected to submit a detailed research proposal, which will be taken into account in the selection process.

A PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, is the highest university degree attainable and is generally a minimum requirement for a career in academia. The top researchers working for the world’s most innovative science and technology companies and research organisations usually have a PhD on their CVs.

The University of Nottingham opened its doors in Ningbo, China seven years ago to its first intake of undergraduates and now has a student population of just under 5,000. It is expanding its postgraduate offering rapidly and also strengthening its capabilities at UNNC in order to deliver on its commitment to produce internationally excellent, world-changing research.

All degrees, including PhDs, are British university degrees awarded by The University of Nottingham whether students graduate from our UK, China or Malaysia campuses. Degrees from UNNC are approved by the Chinese authorities.

Professor Nabil Gindy, Vice-Provost for Research and Dean of UNNC’s Graduate School, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a range of PhD scholarships. Uniquely placed here in China, we provide the foundation for conducting excellent research and ensuring knowledge transfer with a global focus.

“We promote an emphasis on the international dimensions of research and knowledge transfer and favour collaborative research that generates real economic, social, environmental and cultural impacts,” he said.

Professor Gindy said the University has invested in state-of-the-art facilities, particularly in science and engineering, and is a leader in sustainable technologies — which emphasise the development of innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of products and processes.

The University is also home to a top business school and has world-leading researchers among its ranks of social scientists and humanities and arts academics.

“The University’s investment in research and knowledge transfer supports discipline-based and interdisciplinary research. When identifying research priorities, we include input from the wider community and end users to maximise the University’s impact,” he noted.

“The members of our academic community endeavour to produce world-class research by turning their talents and abilities to problems and challenges which affect societies and people on a wide scale,” said Professor Gindy.

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China has just under 60 PhD students.

Scholarship applicants can contact Peter Chen of UNNC’s Recruitment and Admissions Office for more information, on +86 (0)574 8818 1063, or

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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More information: please contact Jackie Hadland, Communications Officer, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China on +86 (0)574 8818 0940, +86-134 2935 5876,; Professor Nabil Gindy, Vice-Provost for Research & Dean of the Graduate School, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, +86 (0)574 8818 0352,

Tim Utton

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