Chinese State Councillor visits Imperial
3 May 2012
Chinese State Councillor Madame Liu Yandong paid a visit to Imperial on 15 April, where she learnt more about the College and its links with China, before taking a tour of the robotic surgery facilities in the College’s Hamlyn Centre, part of the Institute of Global Health Innovation.
Madame Liu who, as a member of China’s politburo, is the highest ranking female politician in China, was on a visit to Europe last month, taking in the UK, Belgium and Cyprus. She arrived at the College accompanied by Mr Liu Xiaoming, China’s Ambassador to the UK, and senior Chinese ministers. The delegation was met by Rector Sir Keith O’Nions, Dr Simon Buckle, Pro Rector (International Affairs), and Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Director of the Hamlyn Centre.
The Rector said: “We are privileged to welcome Madame Liu to Imperial today. This visit also provides an opportunity to recall Imperial’s strong relationship with China, reflected both in numerous academic links and the significant contributions of Chinese staff and students to the Imperial community. It is a relationship we look forward to deepening in the future.”
Following presentations on Imperial and its links with China and the College’s approach to innovation, Madame Liu met Chinese staff and students based at the College before Professor Yang took her on a tour of the Hamlyn Centre.
Madame Liu’s tour ended outside Imperial College Business School. Thanking the Rector for hosting her visit, she said: “It was a pleasure to visit Imperial and learn more about the College’s work, as well as to hear more about its continuing relationship with China.” The event follows a visit in February by the Chinese Ambassador.