The University of Reading has a long-established relationship with the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China's premier university in Meteorology. The two institutions have now established a joint Academy, after receiving formal approval from the Ministry of Education of China.
The partnership grew from research collaborations between the institutions, which are ongoing. Our ambition as a University is to deepen and broaden our teaching base with NUIST while increasing our global presence and reach. In the future students from the University of Reading will also have the opportunity to visit Nanjing as part of their studies.
This joint academy offers programmes in which students spend 3 years studying in China before coming to Reading to complete their final year.
It now offers a breadth of subjects in science and social science: Chemistry, Economics, Applied Maths and Environmental Science. These dual-award programmes are awarded by both NUIST and the University of Reading, and tuition is in English.
The first cohort of students graduated from Chemistry in July 2015, and now we are recruiting up to 220 students per year.
Professor Yan Ma, Vice Dean of the NUIST Reading Academy
Professor Yan Ma is an atmospheric chemist. She was a PhD student and post doc at the University of Reading from 2002 to 2008.
Yan returned to China to a position as lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in 2009 and soon after became Head of Department of Chemistry. In 2014 she became Deputy Director of the International office at NUIST and subsequently Vice Dean of the NUIST Reading Academy.
She has several large research grants and is Deputy Director of the Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control.
Professor Mindong Chen, former Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at NUIST
Professor Mindong Chen was a visiting researcher from NUIST in the Department of Chemistry at Reading from 2002-2004. He worked with Professor Laurence Harwood on peptide synthesis and carried out cycloaddition reactions on aromatic azides.
We have so far hosted 5 visiting NUIST academics at the University of Reading. The first to sit fully within an economics research area was Zhou Jin.
Her research is based on innovation economics/economics of innovation. She participated in seminars, and a number of sessions organised by CQSD.
Academic visits have been important for NUIST as a means of accessing information and improving English ability.
The way the lecturers from Reading taught was mind-opening and very helpful. The experiments made me realize there were still many things that needed explanations and that the chemistry was far from well-understood, and that made me excited.
I started digging into different theories and topics myself with the help of my supervisor and other staff in the department (they are all very kind and helpful). I learnt from papers and books, I got ideas and sometimes was able to test them in experiments. As I learnt more and more, I started building up my own knowledge system and learning became easier.
Eventually I chose to further my study with an MSc in chemistry at Reading with Dr Chris Smith and now I am thinking about applying for a PhD.