The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has a long history of working in partnership with key Chinese universities. In 1993, UCLan was one of the first UK universities to establish a joint programme with a Chinese partner university, and it continues to develop key strategic relationships within China and to welcome Chinese students to its Preston Campus. UCLan was the first British university invited to establish a presence on the Shenzhen Virtual University Park, with a formal opening ceremony attended by Chairman of the University Board, Mr Brian Harris. This led to the establishment of UCLan Biomedical Technology (Shenzhen) Limited, UBTS, a separate company formed with the purpose of promoting world-leading nanotechnology research activities and partnerships within China. The SZVUP is the key strategic hub for UBTS, bringing together the various strandsof UBTS research being undertaken throughout China, and is the base for UBTS Head of Institute (David Fong). The Shenzhen Virtual University Park is also home to the UBTS Centre for Molecular and Soft Matter Modelling, which was set up in November 2011.
Professor Robert Walsh
Chair – UBTS Limited