In 2009, the Royal Society of Chemistry signed a cooperation agreement with the State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), a division of the Chinese Government. As part of a wider governmental initiative to enhance the global impact of Chinese science and China’s higher education institutions, the RSC and SAFEA provide funding for a Visiting Researchers Programme. This encourages academics from the UK to visit Chinese universities to share best practice, advise Chinese researchers on presenting their research to an international audience and to stimulate collaboration between UK and Chinese institutions.
This blog provides a space for participants to share their experiences and for the RSC to highlight the opportunities that stem from the SAFEA programme.

*The map is reproduced from the United Nations Statistics Division

Arrival - Day 1 - Sunday 12th September

I am currently sitting and waiting with my luggage in a very over-crowded coffee shop at Heathrow airport. I am supposed to be on my way to China as part of a new joint initiative between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) in China. The plan is to visit several universities around the city of Tianjin in order to enhance bilateral cooperation between the UK and China, and to build new research collaborations. It will be my first time in China and I am feeling excited but also a bit nervous about what to expect. However, my trip has got off to a rather inauspicious start as my airline have overbooked my flight to Beijing and I have been asked to wait around until the flight has closed before they decide whether they can fit me onboard or not!

Posted by Rob Davies on Oct 25, 2010 10:45 AM Europe/London

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