New Guangdong-Nottingham institute to train China's financial specialists

03 Dec 2013 13:28:33.617

An agreement has been announced between The University of Nottingham and Guangdong University of Finance, to create a new Institute which will train up to 2,000 Chinese financial specialists each year.

The announcement was made in Beijing as part of the UK Prime Minister’s visit to China, the largest British trade delegation to ever visit the country

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Situated in China's largest financial centre
Based in Southern China, Guangdong has the largest GDP of any Chinese province, estimated to be around £550 billion per annum. It is also one of the most populous regions in China, with over 100m people, and the provincial capital, Guangzhou, is recognised as the largest financial centre in China.

The new academy, which will be known as the Guangdong-Nottingham Advanced Finance Institute (GNAFI), will provide advanced training to senior managers from industry, commerce, financial institutes and government organisations. The Institute will be located in a new, state of the art building, funded by the Guangdong regional government.

Complementing and informing its executive training activities, applied financial research will also be part of the Institute’s core activities.

Opening the door to new opportunities
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “The ongoing internationalisation of China’s financial industry means that its influence on the world economy is increasing day-by-day. The fact that The University of Nottingham will be so directly involved in supporting this process is very exciting, and I am sure it will open the door to numerous opportunities for the University, and the UK, in Guangdong and other parts of China.”

Professor Greenaway signed the agreement along with Professor Lu Lei (President of Guangdong University of Finance), who was also representing the Vice-Governor of Guangdong Province. Witnessing the ceremony on behalf of the UK government was Lord Livingston, Minister Designate for Trade and Investment.

Professor Greenaway, along with The University of Nottingham’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Yu Hai-Sui, initially visited Guangdong in April 2013 to discuss and develop this agreement.

Developing Guangdong's senior financial leaders
Dr Chen Yunxian, the Vice-Governor of Guangdong Province said: “The University of Nottingham has been chosen to support this important initiative, working in partnership with the Guangdong University of Finance to develop our senior financial leaders and support the continued growth of a sector critical to the economy of Guangdong and Southern China.”

For more information about the Guangdong-Nottingham Advanced Finance Institute, email Dr Allister Smeeton at The University of Nottingham, on


More details about these announcements are available from Nick King, Marketing Projects Manager, Business Engagement and Innovation Services, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 823 2184,; or Katherine Lakeland, International Media Relations Manager, on +44 (0)115 846 7156,

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World’s Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

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For more information about the Guangdong-Nottingham Advanced Finance Institute, contact Dr. Allister Smeeton on +44(0)115 748 4354
Nick King  

Nick King - Marketing and Communications Manager, Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 74 86727 Location: Coates Building, Faculty of Engineering, University Park Nottingham

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