Poyraz Tütüncü

A consortium of over 40 leading British and Jiangsu universities committed to developing world class joint research and international talent through teaching, leadership training and transnational education (TNE). 

This initiative is managed and prime funded by the British Council and Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education. The University of Liverpool and Jiangsu University act as the Secretariat for the consortium. 

Bi-annual meetings of UK partners and an Annual General Meeting (AGM) for all members ensure shared objectives are developed and met, activity is tracked and reported and research proposals reviewed.


The UK Jiangsu Consortium enables:

  • China, and the Jiangsu provincial government, to optimise international teaching and research capability by partnering and sharing resources with UK centres of excellence, focusing activity in disciplines of strategic relevance
  • UK universities to access opportunities for outstanding joint research, build international brand and deepen academic and industry relationships within Jiangsu province, China and across Asia.

The programme encourages partners to build capacity and increase mobility opportunities for staff and students, promoting knowledge exchange between industry and universities. It also seeks multi-lateral co-operation between partners and actively looks to expand membership. 

Priority disciplines

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Environmental engineering

Partner universities


  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Coventry
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Derby
  • University of Hull
  • King’s College London
  • University of Lancaster
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool (secretariat)
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Plymouth
  • Queen’s University of Belfast
  • University of Reading
  • Swansea University
  • University of York


  • Changshu Institute of Technology
  • Changzhou University
  • China University of Mining and Technology
  • China Pharmaceutical University
  • Duke Kunshan University
  • Hohai University
  • Huaiyin Institute of Technology
  • Jiangnan University
  • Jiangsu University (secretariat)
  • Jiangsu Normal University
  • Nanjing University
  • Nanjing Audit University
  • Nanjing University of the Arts   
  • Nanjing Agricultural University
  • Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Nanjing Forestry University
  • Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology
  • Nanjing Medical University
  • Nanjing Normal University
  • Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine
  • Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Nanjing University of Science and Technology
  • Nanjing Technology University
  • Nanjing University of Finance & Economics
  • Nanjing Vocational University of Industry Technology
  • Nantong University
  • Soochow University
  • Southeast University
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Xuzhou Medical University
  • Yancheng Institute of Technology
  • Yangzhou University 

Highlights and progress

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Leicester, University of Liverpool, University of York, Cranfield University, Nanjing University and Jiangsu University  ©

British Council

UK Jiangsu Doctoral Training Centre

This project promotes academic and business cooperation to grow world class research, innovation and talent across the priority disciplines.  The initiative also facilitates PhD studentships and Early Career Researcher (ECR) exchanges and visits.

Visiting Researchers Programme

This programme supports Chinese postgraduate and ECR visits to the UK, encouraging deeper collaboration in pioneering research and capacity building. 

Pump priming initiatives

Travel grants have launched a number of joint research projects e.g. in Dependable Autonomous Systems (DPAS).

Leadership training

Professional training for Chinese university directors and administrators took place in the UK in 2018.

The UK Jiangsu Consortium has enabled: 

  • 3 joint PhD programmes
  • 11 joint research programmes
  • 7 joint research papers

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