The University of Westminster welcomed guest delegates from Beijing Jiaotong University to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities on Wednesday 13 May. Delegates of Beijing Jiaotong University included CAO Guoyong, the Chairman of the University Council.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities points towards potential collaborative opportunities concerning staff and student exchange, collaborative research, sharing of academic materials, mutual recognition of credit and the University of Westminster Summer School.

Delegates were greeted by the University with a welcome lunch with the University of Westminster’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global Engagement, Professor Alexandra Hughes, followed by the signing ceremony with Vice Chancellor Professor Geoffrey Petts.

Professor Petts said: "Signing the Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing Jiaotong University further supports the University of Westminster's belief in advancing a long-term strategy for developing a distinctive and sustainable institution with global networks. As a 21st-century University we aspire to be excellent in all we do, to have excellent people – researchers, teachers and across the range of support services – and inspirational spaces so that we provide a quality experience for all. The strength of our University is that people find inspiration in engaging with others from different backgrounds and different disciplines."

Representatives of the University of Westminster Head of Department Dr Gerda Wielander from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Principal Lecturer Charles Brown from the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, and Vicky Li-Ong, the University’s Regional Manager for East Asia, also welcomed the Beijing Jiaotong University delegates.

Internationalisation is key to the University’s strategic vision and identity. We have extensive connections with universities and industries throughout the world and our Global Engagement Strategy seeks to strengthen and deepen those connections even further. Our international partnerships and teaching support the development of our academic and research portfolios. Experiences that enable our staff and students to operate in an increasingly interconnected, internationalised world are key to our approach.

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