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QMUL signs partnership agreement with Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China

As part of Queen Mary University of London’s wider strategy of internationalisation, Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal, recently signed a landmark partnership agreement with Professor Wang Jinsong, President of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) during a visit to Xi’an earlier this month.

7 July 2015

President and Principal Simon Gaskell with Professor Wang Jinsong, President of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)

The partnership, which will focus on materials science, technology and engineering in the first instance, will support a range of activities including joint teaching, research, faculty and student exchange and build on QMUL’s extensive experience of working in transnational education projects in China. Combining the best in UK and Chinese academic practice and quality assurance, the partnership aims to provide high quality education, underpinned by research, to a new generation of internationally aware students.  

Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) is located in the ancient capital city of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. It is a research-oriented, multi-disciplinary university with particular strengths in aerospace and marine engineering and materials science. It is one of the national 985 project universities in China and is affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.  

NPU was originally established in 1938 in Hanzhong, Shaanxi, as the State Northwest Polytechnic Institute by combining Beiyang Institute of Engineering with the Engineering Colleges of Peking University, Northeast University and Jiaozuo Institute of Engineering.  Formerly named Northwest Polytechnic Institute, in 1950 it moved to Xi’an to merge with Xi’an Aeronautics College. Later, in 1970, the Department of Aeronautics of Harbin Engineering College joined NPU.

NPU currently has over 26,000 full-time students and around 3,200 academic staff, 1,700 of whom are in senior positions and 19 who are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

For media information, contact:

Rupert Marquand
Public Relations Manager
Queen Mary University of London
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