The University is pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Lingnan University, Hong Kong. The agreement will deepen the collaboration between the two universities, especially in promoting postgraduate research student exchange centring on a link between Lingnan’s new Doctor of Policy Studies and Bath's EdD programme within the Department of Education.

Based strategically in Hong Kong, Lingnan University is one of the top liberal arts universities in Asia and has strong internationalisation priorities with more than 85% of their students engaging in international study abroad or placement activity. Lingnan is strong in interdisciplinarity in the social sciences, with large recent research projects around social welfare and an ageing population being funded by the Chinese government.

Lingnan University is also responsible for the launch of the Inter-University Research Consortium on Higher Education, which provides a platform for international research on higher education, policy and governance with particular focus on the Asia Pacific region and Asia-Europe comparison. Bath’s International Centre for Higher Education Management is a collaborating institution in the Consortium.

An agreement has also been signed with the Asian Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) at Lingnan University. The agreement, in its first instance, will bring collaboration between APHERP and the Department of Education’s new Centre for Research in Education in China and East Asia, with a long-term ambition of inter-disciplinary collaboration in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. APHERP draws in high quality institutions across China and East Asia, including our strategic partners Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University.

Professor Catherine Montgomery, Academic Director of International Partnerships, said:

We are very pleased to be formalising our partnership with Lingnan University. Prof Ka Ho Mok, the Vice President of Lingnan University, is a long standing contact of several academics in Humanities and Social Sciences and we are excited by the prospect of deepening and widening our activity.