The programme will provide UK companies with a significant package of support to develop R&D partnerships with Chinese counterparts in Guangdong Province, underpinned by the opportunity to access significant grant investment. Companies enrolled will be fully supported by a team of dedicated experts and graduates in the UK and China to develop new products and services for global markets.
It will work towards this aim by improving leadership and management skills and capacity in research and development.
The university has long-established academic and local government pathways into economies abroad and will use these to support the programme’s aims.
In summary, the programme’s key activities will:
One of the key resources available to UK companies that are successful in progressing on the programme will be access to a graduate support team. These graduates will work with UK and Chinese partners on specific R&D and commercialisation projects. Graduates will use this project work and associated taught postgraduate provision to study for the award of an MSc in International Innovation. Graduates will be drawn from science, technology, engineering, management, and design backgrounds. Students selected onto this unique programme will receive an award of £16,000 over the duration of the programme.
The £5.1 million Lancaster China Catalyst Programme was created by Lancaster University and is part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council’s Catalyst Fund, the University and Lancashire County Council. Key partners in the project are the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, UK Trade and Investment, China-Britain Business Council, and the Innovate UK.
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