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Strategic collaboration to boost relationship with Chinese university
Keele Management School (KMS) and School of Labor Economics, Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB), China have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop comparative studies of industrial relations in the two institutions. This was confirmed on Monday 7 August when three CUEB delegates visited KMS, including the Dean of School of Labor Economics, Professor Xiliang Feng, Deputy Dean, Professor Wei Fan, and Dr Quan Meng, Lecturer in Employment Relations. The Chinese visitors were welcomed by Professor Kurt Allman, Director of KMS and the two schools held a constructive meeting, which was also attended by Dr Teresa Oultram, Dr Matthew Brannan, Dr Steve French, and Dr Xuebing Cao.
CUEB is a prestigious Chinese institution, ranked 6th in the subject of finance and economics in the country, and the School of Labor Economics is the first such kind in China providing degree education and academic research on labour relations. During the meeting, both schools discussed the existing research collaborations on industrial relations, especially the successful Leverhulme International Network project, and the prospect of enhancing the link by establishing a joint research centre on UK-China comparative industrial relations. Issues of bi-lateral staff visits, student exchange and further research collaboration on business and economics were also discussed. A proposal was discussed for the establishment of a UK-China Research Centre for Comparative Industrial Relations. It was agreed that building on the current links, the two schools would strengthen the strategic partnership through the commitment to promote a closer collaboration on teaching, learning and research in the years to come.