· 感谢Sherry主持这次直播, 感谢大家今晚的参与。我期待着不久能去中国，亲自见到你们。
· 能源:大曼彻斯特能源创新署(Greater Manchester Energy Innovation Agency)成立旨在创新并实现该地区2038年的碳中和目标。
· Christabel Pankhurst健康技术与创新研究所(The Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology and Innovation)成立，旨在最大限度地发挥曼彻斯特在数字健康和先进材料方面的学术优势，以发现创新的健康和护理解决方案( 2500万英镑)。
· 我们很高兴地宣布，我们在改造曼彻斯特创新区有一个当地的合作伙伴——Bruntwood Sci Tech将加入我们，以振兴萨克维尔街(Sackville Street)外的北校区，并创建一个新的合作和创新中心，这是一个15亿英镑的发展项目。
· 新帕特森癌症研究大楼的工作正在进行中，同时也是曼彻斯特博物馆的一项重大重建工作——我的同事Esme Ward教授等会将谈到这一点。
Below for English speech script by President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
· Thank you to Sherry for hosting this live stream and thanks to you all for joining us this evening. I look forward to being able to travel to China soon to see you all in person.
· A special thank you to the Alumni Associations across mainland China for all you do to help keep alumni connected to the University. We’re hugely grateful to everyone who has helped us talk to prospective students, supported our employability skills for our graduates or taken part in events or socially responsible activity.
· We are proud to have over 8,000 students from China registered with us, nearly 30,000 alumni across China and this year 57,000 applicants to study from China so that shows we are still really popular.
· We have a huge portfolio of partnerships across China; including, launched just last year, a dual degree PhD programme in Synthetic and Systems Biology, delivered jointly with Tsinghua University
· COVID-19 continues to have an impact on all of us. However, with the success of the vaccination programme here in the UK and I think also in China we do hope that the next academic year will be much more positive.We are aiming to go back to in-person teaching supplemented with online, not replaced with online and covid permitting we hope that all the activities students normally enjoy will be able to go back to normal. We are working on flights coming into China and by the way any prospective students coming through China please let them know they will not have to quarantine in special facility they can just isolate for 10 days in wherever they are staying and we will be offering vaccination or boosts to any students who need it and regular testing. Of course if any students who can’t make it, they can study online for the first semester we very much hope we can welcome you in person.
· Over the period of Covid, we have increased the research into Covid-19 and the University has won 10 awards addressing health, economic, political and social impact of the pandemic, totalling £3.5m.
· Covid-19 changed the landscape for many of our students and so The University launched the Emergency Hardship Fund for students to be supported and raised over £1.6m with the support of over 3,000 donors from 80 countries. This is the most successful fundraising campaign of its kind in the UK. For those of you who are present today and did donate to our wonderful appeal, please let me take this opportunity to say thank you once again.
· Our donors have helped to fund emergency grants to support students, including laptop loans and funding towards a new Mental Health Nurse in Halls. Over 450 medical nursing and social care students across Manchester volunteered to support the NHS. With our partner Universities, we 3D printed safety equipment for front-line NHS workers.
· As you may already know, the University has been ranked number one in the world in the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings. This ranking of more than 1,200 universities from 98 countries, measures social and environmental impact towards the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the first time in the three-year existence of the ranking that a UK university has come top, and we are the only institution from the UK in the top ten this year. This ranking is the first to try to measure universities’ social impact across their full range of activities – their research, teaching, public engagement and campus operations. This is an issue that is very important to me and it is fitting that this news comes exactly ten years since we took the bold decision to place social responsibility at the forefront of our own strategy and ambitions as one of our three core goals. By taking part in programmes like Manchester Day of Action – alumni have made great contributions to this social impact ranking.
Research beacons headlines
· Advanced materials: graphene@manchester helped set up the Advanced Materials Pandemic Taskforce to drive multidisciplinary research in science and technology innovations in PPE and digital health to help combat pandemics.
· Sustainability: we are now contributing greatly to the other really important challenge across the globe net zero and sustainability through light weighting, through batteries and all sorts of innovation and materials in other areas and research
· Cancer: We are member of the International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (CRUK investing up to £40m over the next five years) establishing an international alliance of world-leading, multidisciplinary cancer early detection locations to collaborate and tackle early detection of cancer together.
· Global Inequalities: Researchers from the University’s Global Development Institute (GDI) have been awarded a research contract of £32m to tackle complex problems in some of Africa’s fastest growing urban areas.
· Industrial Biotechnology: The University’s Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize to recognise the MIB as a UK centre of excellence that is making a global impact - finding alternative and more sustainable fuels, medicines and advanced materials.
· Energy: Greater Manchester Energy Innovation Agency established to innovate and meet the region’s 2038 carbon neutral target
Other University news
· The University continues to be the most targeted University by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers for the 3rd consecutive year.
· We’re ranked 27th best University, maintaining our highest ever position in the QS World University Rankings
· Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) MBA has been ranked 30th in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021. This represents an increase of 15 places from last year.
· Our partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong continues to progress well with developments in AI, health and health sciences.
· The University continues to have a far-reaching international agenda with partnerships with other Chinese universities, and the University of Toronto and Melbourne.
· The Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology and Innovation was launched to maximise Manchester’s academic strengths in digital health and advanced materials to discover innovative health and care solutions, a £25m development.
· A lot of development activity has started again on Campus - after pausing all capital programmes at the start of the pandemic these have now started again, including the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the biggest single construction project ever completed by a Higher education sector anywhere in the UK. The first 2 floors are opening in September with the building being completed by September 2022. On completion MECD will house a community of 8,000 students, researchers, academic and professional services staff.
· We are happy to announce that we have a local partner for the transformation of Innovation District Manchester – Bruntwood Sci Tech will be joining us to revitalise the North Campus off Sackville Street and create a hub for new partnerships and innovation, a £1.5bm development.
· Work on the new Paterson Cancer Research Building is ongoing as is a major re-development of the Manchester Museum – which my colleague Professor Esme Ward will talk about shortly.
· The University is excited to be celebrating its 200thanniversary in 2024 with discussions of how to celebrate across the world already in process. We welcome your suggestion and contributions.
· COVID-19 has made our life different and in some way difficult. We are doing well in Manchester. I do hope you are coming to see us as I hope to see you in the near future.
· Thank you all for joining us this event and continuing support.
· A huge thank you to all of our alumni volunteers across mainland China, running alumni groups across the provinces to keep everyone connected and connections have been more important than ever over the past 18 months keeping together and talking to each other, getting involved with our social responsibility programmes and taking efforts to talk to potential students interested in Manchester.
· As the institution emerges from the pandemic, we hope that you’ll continue to support us by advocating for the University, inspiring the next generation of students to study at Manchester, providing advice as our graduates starting their careers, and championing important causes in your local communities.
· Please keep your contact details up to date with us so that we can let you know about these opportunities.
· If you haven’t already, make sure you connect with the Alumni Associations across mainland China – the Alumni Association for China has branches in most provinces, there’s also an Alumni Association specifically based in Shanghai. We’ll include details for how you can connect via email after this event.
· Thank you very much to Sherry and her team in Shanghai for supporting this and many alumni events for the University. Please do visit the centre or reach out to them and stay connected.
· Thank you again. I hope that you stay safe and well and hope that our paths cross in the not-too-distant future. We look forward to welcoming you to our next event whether it’s online or in person you are always very welcomed to the University of Manchester.