News Archive: To June 2012

New Academic Research Agreement – Bangor University in Brazil

Bangor University and Fundacáo De Amparo Á Pesquisa Do Estado De Sáo Paulo (FAPESP) announced the release of a new year collaborative Academic Research Agreement on June 19th 2012.

The objective of the collaboration, which is has been agreed for five years, will fund joint research projects involving researchers from Bangor University and the State of São Paulo. Bangor University and FAPESP agree of the importance of cooperation in all areas of knowledge.

Sir John Beddington, the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser acted as a witness to the signatures on the agreement. Also in attendance were Alan Charlton, British Ambassafor to Brazil, Celso Lafter, President of FAPESP and Professor David Sheperd, Deputy Vice Chancellor.

FAPESP are particularly interested in collaborative research with Bangor Ubniversity in the areas of Ocean Sciences, Sustainable Agriculture, Environment and Electronic Engineering.

Singing FAPESP

Professor David Shepherd, Bangor University commented:

“Collaboration with FAPESP is important not only because it will allow for greater capacity for global understanding and administration of important Brazilian ecosystems, but also because it will allow for cooperative studies to be carried out in Brazil leading to knowledge that is applicable in all tropical regions,”

This agreement will formalise and enhance the joint research programmes which have been conducted between Bangor University and universities in Brazil for over 30 years.

Picture: Left to right, Celso Lafer, President of FAPESP and Professor David Shepherd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University


Bangor University forms new Partnership with the Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen (RITS)

18 June 2012

The Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen (RITS), a branch of China’s top Tsinghua University is to offer Bangor University’s MBA programme at its Shenzhen and Shanghai centres from October 2012. This is the first overseas programme which has been validated by Bangor University.

Dr Liu Weiqiang, Vice Chancellor or RITS commented,
“We are delighted with the progress made with Bangor University on the MBA validation programme. With Bangor University’s strong support and RITS extensive experience in delivering high quality MBA programme over the last 8 years, I am confident that the collaboration will be a great success.”

“We cannot wait to accompanying our students to Bangor’s beautiful campus for the graduation ceremony in two years time.”

Professor John Hughes, Vice Chancellor of Bangor University commented:

 “We value the strategic partnership with RITS, and we are committed to make the project a success.”

“Most of the MBA students are young entrepreneurs in the economically most developed cities in China. Having such students in the Bangor community will not only provide diversity to the institution, but also opportunities of further business links for the city and North Wales region.”

The validation team led by Dr David Wright, Head of Bangor University Quality Assurance and Validation Unit, spent a productive week at both RITS Shanghai and Shenzhen centres talking to teaching and support staff as well as potential students.

Also on the team were Professor Catherine Wang, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Professor Philip Molyneux, Head of Bangor University College of Business, Social Sciences and Law.

The team conducted a thorough review of the whole programme and commended the RITS team for their high academic standards and for providing comprehensive support for students.

University of Malaya visit Bangor University

9 May 2012

Professor Ghauth Jasmon, President of University of Malaya, led a delegation to Bangor University on 8-9 May.

“As the oldest University in Malaysia, UM is embarking on a new opportunity of setting up a School of Agricultural, and one of the missions to Bangor and the other Welsh Institutions is to explore collaborations on PhD programmes”,

President Jasmon explained that the government is providing more than 300 PhD scholarships over the next a few years, the so called “Bright Spots” scheme to support top Malaysian graduates to study at PhD level around the world.     

University of Malaya visit

Left to right: Madam Norliah Adam, Professor Ghauth Jamson, President of UM, Dr John Healey, Director of Research, Bangor University College of Natural Sciences, Dr Jagdish Kaur, Deputy Director of UM International & Corporate Relations, Professor Dato’ Dr Mohd Sofian Azirun, Dean of UM Faculty of Science, Ms Sarah Jones, Bangor International Officer

During the visit, the delegation met faculties from the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, visited the Bio Composites Centre, Welsh Institute for Natural Resources and enjoyed a short walk around the University botanic garden.

University of Malaya visit Bangor

Professor Davey Jones introduced soil research carried out in Bangor School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Dr John Healey, Director of Research from the College of Natural Sciences warmly welcomed the opportunity to work with one of the top Universities in Malaysia,

“The College in Bangor has the tradition and extensive experiences in working with international partners with a large number of research stations around the world. I myself over the last 24 years in Bangor have supervised about 18 PhD students, and most are from Africa, South and South East Asia. The approach we adopted in carrying out these research projects with the students is always to be relevant to the region and the local residence, which is the secret of our success. We are looking forward to hosting colleagues from UM in the summer so we can take the collaboration initiative forward.”

The delegation was accompanied by Mr Shahrul Nizm Mahfudz, the Education Attaché from the Malaysia High Commission. There are about 24,000 Malaysia students currently studying in UK universities. Bangor is hosting 33 Malaysian students across all Colleges. 


Bangor University welcomes Central College, Iowa

Image of VC Prof John G Hughes and President Marc PutnamA delegation from Central College, Iowa visited Bangor University in March to see the facilities on campus, meet with staff and formally re-sign a partnership agreement.

Central College is a long-standing study abroad partner of Bangor University. The College is a university-based study abroad provider for undergraduate students from colleges and universities throughout the US. Central offers programs in eight worldwide locations where students can choose to study for a summer, semester or year. Bangor University is one of these unique locations.

Tecwyn Jones who is the Regional Director of Central College, based in Bangor commented:

“Central College has had a presence in Bangor University for 37 years. Since 2005 when the regional office was established in Bangor over 225 students have gone through the study abroad programme. This year there were 63 students on the programme so it is of great significance that we are re-signing the partnership agreement.”

President Marc Putnam of Central College met with Central Students on campus at Bangor and commented:

“Students express so much affection about Bangor, they have found a second home in Wales, which is understandable as Bangor feels like home, although we have only been here a short time.”

President Marc Putnam also commented that:

“No college of university can be self-sufficient. Collaboration and partnership is the pathway forward, so I am  re-signing our partnership agreement with great ambition.”

The agreement with Central College will now enable Bangor University’s Sport Science students to have a study abroad experience in Iowa, so as well as hosting students from Central College in Bangor, Bangor University students can study in Iowa .

Professor John G Hughes, Bangor University Vice Chancellor said:

“Through our internationalization strategy we want our students to enjoy a diverse cultural experience. This is something that we can work to achieve through our collaboration with Central College.”


First in Cancer Research for Saudi Student


A student at Bangor University has become the first from Saudi Arabia to obtain a doctorate in cancer stem cell research from the Bangor University’s North West Cancer Research Fund Institute (NWCRFI).

Dr Khalid Ali-Zeer studied at NWCRFI at Bangor University’s School of Biological Sciences. He carried out research to find out how key cells within tumours can become resistant to chemotherapy agents during cancer treatments.

“This work has implications for our understanding of how specific cells, known as stem cells, might be used to regenerate human tissues for use in organ replacement and treatment of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s,” he said.

The work was supervised by Dr Ramsey McFarlane who said: “Dr Al-Zeer has worked hard within our research team and has gained extensive experience in modern cancer stem cell technologies and been instrumental in training other students from Saudi Arabia.”

Khalid has now returned to Saudi Arabia to take a lead role in cancer research in the Middle East.

Bangor University celebrates Chinese New Year

Sunday 29th January, 2012 Chinese New Year

Bangor University welcomed in the Chinese New Year with a party which celebrated the year of the golden dragon. Staff joined with the Chinese student society and other students and their families to celebrate the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Students helped put together the event, which began with welcoming speeches from Professor David Shepard, (Deputy Vice Chancellor), Professor Philip Molyneux (Head of the College or Business, Social Sciences and Law) and Oscar Wu (President of the Chinese Student Society). Read more...

Bangor University delegation visits Central South University of Forestry & Technology

On the 21st November 2011, the Vice-Chancellor led a delegation from Bangor University on a visit to the Central South University of Forestry and Technology (CSUFT) in China. A friendship tree was planted on the campus with Professor Xianyan Zhou, Vice-Chancellor of CSUT.

The delegation from Bangor included Dr Xinyu Wu, the Director of the International Education Centre, Luna Wu, the Director of Bangor China Office, Professor Dermot Cahill, the Head of Bangor University Law School and Dr Wei Shi, Lecturer in Law.


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Alumni invited to a special reception

Alumni receptionBangor University were delighted to invite alumni based in North China to a special reception in Beijing on the 29th October 2011, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Hughes. It was a great opportunity for alumni to meet up and hear the latest news from the Vice Chancellor's delegation including Professor Phil Molyneux, the Head of the College of Business, Social Sciences and Law, Dr Aled Griffiths, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Bangor Law School, Dr Wei Shi, Lecturer in Law.

Developing relationship with China University of Political Science & Law

On the 27th October 2011, Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Hughes met with Professor Jin Huang, the Vice Chancellor of China University of Political Science and Law. The meeting was held to discuss how the two universities could further collaborate.

The Welsh Government hosted a reception in Bejing. Bangor University invited other partners to the reception which included Beihang University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing Union University and China South University of Forestry and Technology. Representatives were greeted by Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales.

Photo: from left to right: Vice Chancellor of China University of Political Science and Law, Professor John Hughes, Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales.


New film uncovers what Wales has to offer international students

A new film that puts Welsh universities in the spotlight and features one of Bangor University's students, Chie Takahashi from Japan, is now available to watch on the web.

'Why Wales' follows Liana Stewart as she journeys through Wales to discover why over 13,000 students from outside Europe have chosen to study in Wales, UK, this year.

The journey takes her to universities across the country and along the way she sees some of the best cityscapes and landscapes in Wales, including the gorges of the Brecon Beacons and the breathtaking view from the top of Snowdon.

Watch the film here.

Bangor University welcomes back an old friend

A delegation from East China Normal University (ECNU) has visited Bangor University to see the facilities on campus and to meet with staff.ECNU is one of China’s most prestigious Universities, with a strong research culture and over 49,000 students studying subjects from over 18 schools and colleges. Bangor University has previously collaborated with ECNU on research, publications and Business School programmes.

The key objectives of the visit where to further explore collaborative opportunities for student exchange, research and joint degree programmes. The delegation had discussions with several research leaders from the Schools of Business, Psychology, Education and Ocean Sciences as well as a meeting with Vice Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes, at which a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed.

ECNU President, Professor Yu Lizhong commented, “Coming to Bangor University to explore the opportunity for future collaboration has been just like coming to see an old friend”

Vice Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes commented, “Bangor University looks forward to a strategic relationship with ECNU which will provide greater study and research opportunities for students and staff from both Universities.”


Outstanding American students will visit Bangor University

Bangor University is delighted to be hosting eight of the USA’s brightest students as they study Wales’ culture, history, politics and landscape at a pioneering new Summer Institute. Bangor University has been appointed by one of the most prestigious US-UK educational organisations, the Fulbright Commission to run the first Wales Fulbright Summer Institute, along with Cardiff and Aberwystwyth universities.

Fulbright logo

While at Bangor the students will study the events, places and people that have shaped Wales, and the crucial influence industry has had on all of them. They will explore the impact of such industries as tourism, slate mining and highland agriculture, and how a small nation can maintain its identity in a global era.Each section of the course involves coursework, cultural events and visits to historic sites in order to experience and gain an understanding of the distinctive regions of Wales.

The Fulbright Commission has been promoting peace and cultural understanding through educational scholarships for more than 60 years. The Summer Institutes are a new initiative, designed to introduce students to the United Kingdom, while also developing and encouraging leadership.

Developing Relationship with Guru Nanak Education Foundation

Professor Gujral, Director of Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Information Technology, visited Bangor University in June. Developing relationship with Guru Nanak Education FoundationThis institution is one of 9 Guru Nanak colleges in Northern India with a total of 7,200 students at Bachelor and Masters level. The colleges are affiliated to a network of 16 Guru Nanak secondary schools that deliver the Indian secondary school syllabus.

The visit was very successful and Bangor Business School and the Law School have agreed to develop articulation agreements and a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Vice-Chancellor. Bangor hopes to collaborate with the Guru Nanak Education Foundation on a number of other programmes in the future.


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