Led by Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Deputy Mayor or the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Dr David Lambrick joined a delegation from Manchester to Wuhan, China.
Wuhan and Manchester have been sister cities since 1986. The delegation was configured to discuss collaboration around smart cities and healthcare innovation and included experts from the universities of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford and Bolton, as well as from Transport for Greater Manchester and ThoughtWorks, a global digital transformation organisation with offices based in both Manchester and Wuhan. Seminar sessions on Smart Cities and Healthcare Innovations were followed by visits to Changjiang New Town (or Yangtze River New Town) Management Committee who are in the process developing a new town of around 500 km2, Wuhan’s Bus Rapid Transport facility and a brand new hospital, Tongji Hospital in 'Optics' Valley. Thoughtworks hosted a final session in their Wuhan headquarters which made the local TV news. The Faculty already has links with Wuhan University and Central China Normal University (Manchester Met Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre) and Hubei University (advanced materials research) as well as an articulation agreement with Hubei in Chemistry with the first student from Hubei here this year. New articulation agreements, particularly focusing on Hubei’s priority area of New Energy Materials and Devices, which builds on their strength in Material Science are being pursued.
You can read more about Manchester and Wuhan's deepening cooperations in urban development here