The China-UK Low Carbon College (LCC) in Lingang, Shanghai, will become a key centre for the exchange of talent, technology and resources to tackle global environmental challenges.
Students, academics and industry experts from China, the UK and farther afield will develop a range of projects, courses and partnerships.
These will be built around sustainable construction, air quality and energy efficiency, as well as developing smarter cities that use data and digital technology to improve quality of life.
The Business School’s MSc Carbon Finance is being delivered jointly with the new college. The first cohort of students from Shanghai arrive in Edinburgh in Autumn 2018.
Faculty including Dr Matthew Brander and Professor Richard T. Harrison will also undertake collaborative research projects with colleagues from the Low Carbon College.
The new college is a joint initiative between The University of Edinburgh, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Lingang City, and is based in a custom-designed facility in Lingang, south of Shanghai.
The college will also explore opportunities for joint undergraduate and PhD education programmes and operate an exchange programme for faculty members, support staff and graduate students. The aim is to grow the student population at LCC to more than 1,000.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to society and requires international and interdisciplinary collaboration on a massive scale to address. We look forward to building on what our Business School faculty have already achieved with carbon reduction in China.Wendy Loretto, Dean of University of Edinburgh Business School
The two courses currently offered by the College are the MSc in Energy and MSC in Environment. Further courses will be launched in the coming months, Management, Smart Cities, and Circular Economy.
The college will build upon the achievements of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), part of the University of Edinburgh, which has helped more than 1,000 Scottish companies develop their business and build international links.
Six schools at The University of Edinburgh are involved in the new college – Business, GeoSciences, Engineering, Informatics, Law and Chemistry.
Professor Wendy Loretto is Dean of University of Edinburgh Business School and Professor of Organisational Behaviour.