The University of Sheffield’s new agreement to work with China on space technology will benefit both staff and students, according to university leaders.
The University’s AMRC and SAST from Shanghai signed an agreement to launch a joint research institute on 26 September 2016.
The Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) is the subordinate of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and is a key partner in the development of the Tiangong 3 Space Station which is planned to launch in 2020.
The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is built on the world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing.
Marta Grzybek, an Aerospace Engineering student at theUniversity of Sheffield said: ‘As the space industry is expensive, so it is a good chance the workers and the academic researchers have the opportunity work on such thing. Also, it is a good recognition for our university.’
The signing ceremony took place in Shanghai, China.
The AMRC will be working on the development of strong thin-walled structures for commercial rockets with the SAST.
The SAST also provides students of China Scholarship Council (CSC) with opportunities to pursue further studies in the University of Sheffield.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: ‘I am delighted that two world-leading organizations such as SAST and the University of Sheffield’s AMRC are collaborating so effectively to find technical solutions to complex aerospace issues.
‘This is a priority area for China as announced by President Xi Jinping, and also one of longstanding expertise at the University of Sheffield. We see tremendous potential for companies and products in both countries.’
Professor Meng Guang said: ‘As the AMRC’s first partner in China, I feel confident that our joint research initiatives will lead to significant advances in our human and technical capabilities.’