The Universities of Liverpool and Hong Kong are considering joint PhD programmes in Science and Engineering, and Health and Life Sciences.
A delegation from University of Hong Kong (HKU) visited Liverpool, consisting of Vice President, Professor Paul Tam; Ophthalmology Professor David Wong; Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Program Director, Professor Ed X Wu and Professor Hao Quan from Hong Kong’s Department Of Physiology, in the Faculty of Medicine.
They were welcomed to the city by Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Holloway and Professor Samar Hasnain, International Lead for the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
Currently ranked 22nd in the QS World University Rankings, HKU boasts more than 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as some of the world’s leading academics.
The delegation was shown Liverpool’s cutting edge research facilities and took the opportunity to meet institute directors, Professor Andy Cossins of Integrative Biology and Professor Malcolm Jackson of Ageing and Chronic Disease, as well as Professors Matt Rosseinsky and Munir Pirmohamed, among others.
Professor Samar Hasnain said: “The visit went well and, from the feedback, it is highly probable that the two universities will start joint PhD programmes across two Faculties, namely the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.”
The delegation also heard talks on some of the research areas where Liverpool excels, covering the latest in sustainable energy, materials research, personalised medicine, ophthalmology and medical imaging.
Professor Paul Tam, HKU Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, said: “Many thanks for the warm hospitality we received during our visit to University of Liverpool. It was most informative. We are impressed with the areas of research excellence your colleagues highlighted for us. My colleagues will no doubt work on the collaboration with them.”
Professor Holloway and Professor Hasnain will return to Hong Kong in June, where it is likely the proposed partnership will be formalised.