Staff and students at The University of Nottingham will welcome a royal visitor on Monday, May 23rd.
His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, is visiting the University in his capacity as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.
Prince Andrew will be welcomed onto the campus at 1pm by Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Dean of Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Elect, and Chris Thompson, Chief Financial Officer.
Following a lunch with senior figures from a number of local companies, Professor Yu will provide The Duke with an update on the University’s overseas initiatives, including the continued growth and development of its campuses in Asia.
At 2.15pm, HRH Prince Andrew will meet a group of international students in the main reception area of the Trent Building.
The visit comes almost exactly a year after Prince Andrew visited the University on the other side of the world – when he spent time at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), near Kuala Lumpur.
Professor Yu said: “We are delighted and honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to University Park. Nottingham has led the way in international education for more than a decade, and we look forward to updating him about the many exciting international initiatives that we are developing at the moment.”
Nottingham’s pioneering internationalisation strategy saw it become the first British university to establish a campus overseas, when UNMC opened in 2000. In 2004, the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China accepted its first students – it now has more than 4,400 enrolled. The University has recently been invited to open a second Chinese campus, in Shanghai.
Peter Hogarth, International Trade Director for UKTI in the East Midlands, who are hosting the event, said: “This visit highlights Nottingham’s strong links with China and the huge opportunities this market offers to local firms. The Chinese economy is the world’s second largest with a rapidly growing middle class well capable of buying goods and services from the UK.
“The Duke will also meet a number of our top local exporters, including winners of our International Trade Awards such as RDC Aviation and Cromwell Group Ltd. He will get the chance to hear how they are leading the way with their innovation, creativity and above all their overseas sales which are helping to boost the local economy.”
During lunch, Prince Andrew will also meet senior representatives from a number of other companies including Speedo International, Bombardier Transportation and Mercian Cycles.
In his role as Special Representative for international trade and investment — a position he has held since 2001 — the Duke of York works with the UK government, and with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in particular to promote the UK as an attractive destination for foreign investors and to help UK companies export their products to emerging and established markets.
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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.
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