Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has been nominated in the Education Institutional Partnership of the Year category of the British Business Awards 2016.
Organised by the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, the British Business Awards are a unique showcase for outstanding UK companies in China which recognise and promote excellence in innovation, enterprise and endeavour in the British and Chinese business communities.
XJTLU was nominated alongside other Sino-foreign cooperative universities and colleges for its enduring and highly productive partnership with the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
Nominees were revealed at the InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin on Tuesday 6 September, while the final awards winners will be announced during a Gala Awards Dinner, to held on 3 November 2016 in Shanghai.
The Education Institutional Partnership of the Year award will be given to the UK higher and further education institution who has established a joint project or projects with Chinese partner organisations, through which significant impact has been delivered in the last 18 months.
XJTLU Executive President Professor Youmin Xi said: “We are honoured to be shortlisted for the award. The partnership between the University of Liverpool and XJTLU celebrates the mutually beneficial historical relationship between the UK and China. We hope it will continue to develop and to benefit both universities, both cultures and both countries for the next 10 years and beyond.”
The collaboration between XJTLU has earned the University of Liverpool global recognition as a leader in Sino-foreign joint ventures and given the University a strong platform in China and enhanced visibility in Asia and in Europe. Meanwhile, the relationship with the University of Liverpool has firmly positioned XJTLU as an international university in China.
The British Business Awards have eight categories, including Education Institutional Partnership of the Year, New Business Award, Best Services Award, Innovation Award, Sustainable Business Award, Chinese Investor of the Year Award and British Company of the Year.
The awards this year are supported by the British Consulate General Shanghai, the British Chamber of Commerce in China, British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong, The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, The British Chamber of Commerce Southwest China, British Council, CBI, CBBC, City of London, Manchester China Forum and Visit Britain.
Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China and special patron of the awards, said: “I am delighted to be a patron for the 2016 British Business Awards. Following the visit of President Xi Jinping to the UK last October, we have the potential to build a genuinely golden era in relations between China and the UK. British business will be at the heart – helping to power the UK’s own growth by seizing the opportunities here, of course, but also working with China to upgrade its economic model.
“British innovation and creativity, British brands and professional expertise, British excellence in education and science, creating tens of thousands of new Chinese ‘ambassadors’ for the UK every year. British openness to Chinese investment. We have a huge amount to celebrate. These awards do exactly that.”