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Postrgrads attend University of Bristol's 3rd graduation ceremony in Beijing

From left: Professor Charl Faul, Chuhui Xiao, Hao Liu and Zhao Xuechun, Professor Tim Gallagher

Professor Charl Faul (Left) and Professor Tim Gallagher (Dean of Science)

13 April 2017

Congratulations to our Chemistry MSc by Research and PhD graduates who attended the University of Bristol’s 3rd Graduation in Beijing.

Chemistry's graduates were PhD student Hao Liu and MSc by Research students Zhao Xuechun and Chuhui Xiao. 

Almost 1,000 gathered for the event at the China World Hotel in Beijing and the ceremony was streamed live within China, and reached 2.5million viewers. Guests mingled among giant, three metre tall photos of landmarks such as the Wills Memorial Building, the Victoria Rooms and the Harbourside, and a life-size cut out of Gromit.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Hugh Brady, presented the new graduates with their degrees against a backdrop of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Professor Brady said: “As President and Vice Chancellor, it is hugely rewarding to host a ceremony here in Beijing and see so many of our recent graduates and alumni, of whom we are so proud, celebrating their time at Bristol.  

"Graduation is a real family occasion and that inspires us to bring Bristol to Beijing. It’s great to hear about the positive impact their time in Bristol has had on them and I am thrilled to hear so many plan to return one day."

Developing links with China’s universities was a key focus when leaders and academics from the University of Bristol travelled to for the Graduation Celebration in Beijing. Chemistry's Professor Charl Faul attended the ceremony in Beijing which made it his 30th visit to China.

"Chemistry in China is very strong and on each successive trip I am impressed by the rate of scientific progress. A combination of outstanding academics, bright students and strong investment makes China a major force in global scientific research. It is a great honour to be able to divide my time and forge links between two world-leading institutions, Tsinghua University and the University of Bristol," said Professor Faul.

Professor Faul held a research seminar at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Tuesday 11 April, co-hosted by their School of Materials and School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

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