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UK: Chinese Minister Counsellor visits Harper Adams University

A senior official from the Chinese Embassy visited Harper Adams University to learn about the University’s contribution to the agri-food sector.

Mr Jiang Sunan, Minister Counsellor for Science & Technology from the Chinese Embassy was accompanied by Embassy colleagues Mr Ma MingGeng, First Secretary (Science & Technology) and Ms Ma Huigin, Third Secretary (Science & Technology).

Becky Payne, Jiang Sunan, Dr David Llewellyn, Ma MingGeng and Ma Huiqin

Mr Jian Sunan has previously worked in the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology, first as Director in the Department of International Cooperation and then as Deputy Director General in charge of HR. He has also worked in the Chinese Embassy in Sweden and the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago.

The visit provided an opportunity to explain the University’s contribution to the agri-food sector, including the important role it is playing in research on agri-technologies.

After a briefing about the University, the group was taken on a tour by the Vice-Chancellor.

The visitors were shown aspects of the University’s research in dairy production, crop production and entomology as well as in agricultural engineering and precision farming.

The group was also able to visit the Dairy Crest Innovation Centre, based on the University’s campus, to see some of the new product development activities being undertaken by the company.

The University has a number of important academic partnerships in China, one of which involves a joint Masters programme in Applied Mechatronics with China Agricultural University. The Minister Counsellor was able to speak to a number of students on this course and to hear about the research projects in which they are involved.

Commenting on the visit, the Vice-Chancellor Dr David Llewellyn said: “We were delighted that the Minister Counsellor and his colleagues were able to visit the University.

“As well as showing the group our work, we were able to explore further avenues for cooperation in agri-food production, one of the priority areas for science and technology development for the Chinese Government.

“We greatly value our links with our Chinese partner Universities and to have this backed up by the interest shown in the University by the Chinese Embassy in the UK is extremely welcome.”

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