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Partnership, in association with APB, will lead to the creation of the RADTECH Design Innovation Hub

The University of East London and Tongji University of Shanghai have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a London/Shanghai design-led innovation hub.

The signing took place at the University of East London on 12 June following a high-level roundtable discussion between leaders from the two institutions and industry associates. The new partnership is set to begin this autumn with an international design project.

The University of East London’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Amanda Broderick, welcomed Dr Lou Yongqi, dean of Tongji University’s Design and Innovation College; Jeff Cao, director of the Createch Fund; and Jiang Sunan, minister counsellor for science and technology at the Chinese Embassy in the UK. The University of East London’s Dr Paul Marshall, pro vice-Chancellor (careers and enterprise) and Dr David Tann, head of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, also took part.

The roundtable was part of the University of East London’s activities within London Tech Week.

Professor Broderick said, “Tongji University, based in the Yangpu Docks District of Shanghai, are strongly aligned with the University of East London’s vision to pioneer futures globally for a 4.0 economy and inclusive society. The University of East London’s Royal Albert Dock Campus is uniquely based in the only enterprise zone in London and we are well-placed to build the skills and innovation solutions for the 4th industrial revolution - an environment of the ‘continuous next’.”

The Royal Albert Dock is the new business district in East London and enjoys strong commercial, cultural and creative links to China. The partnership between the two universities, in association with ABP, will lead to the creation of the RADTECH Design Innovation Hub.

Professor Broderick said, “The RADTECH Hub will be both a virtual and physical space, harnessing the diverse talents of established and new companies, linking China and the UK. It will provide investment and incubation opportunities, work with the local community, and help to provide academic exchange and collaboration at the very highest level.”

The partnership envisions four core, inter-connected areas of activity developed over the next five years. These will include a state-of-the-art environment to develop, prototype and showcase innovation, a programmatic framework of investment opportunity, global academic exchange for staff and students, and a range of business services in design and innovation.

Dr. Paul Marshall, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Careers & Enterprise) at the University of East London said, “Our partnership, together with our local Newham Council, are working closely to enable innovation to flourish in the Docklands and to bring further enterprise and employment to our region.”