China Beacons Institute

The Nottingham Ningbo China Beacons of Excellence Research and Innovation Institute (hereinafter referred to as “the China Beacons Institute") was jointly established by the Ningbo Municipal Government and  the University of Nottingham in the Ningbo National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in September 2020. The establishment of the China Beacons Institute shows a combination of a world-class university with its advanced science and innovation and national development strategies and local social and economic development.  

The China Beacons Institute leverages the unique “Ningbo-based and global-oriented” advantages of UNNC. By introducing the key international technological and innovative resources of the Beacons of Excellence from the UK, the intention is to attract global technology innovation resources. This will allow the China Beacons Institute to focus on original research and cutting-edge new technology development, the aim being to establish a world-class scientific and technological innovation platform with innovative research, research achievement transformation, technology transfer and talent cultivation,  to support and drive the industrial development of Ningbo. 

Vision & Mission


To create a Sustainable Innovation Eco-system with the integration of advanced technology research, outstanding talent cultivation and research knowledge transfer to turn ideas and dreams into reality.


  • To attract and cultivate outstanding researchers internationally
  • To develop the most transformative and innovative research 
  • To unlock the best commercial potential of advanced technology 
  • To accelerate local innovation and enhance its global impact 

What we do

Top talents acquisition

Recruit globally for outstanding talent and establish world-leading research teams.

Cutting-edge technology R&D

Focus on cutting-edge technologies, and undertake fundamental research to tackle the global challenges facing industries in China.

Innovation talent training

Build a global eco-environment for talent training tailored to the demand of Ningbo.

Disseminating science and technology achievements

Promote the transfer and dissemination of the science and technology achievements of the three campuses of the University of Nottingham to Ningbo City to support local industries.

Technology incubation

Encourage the transfer of research achievements from laboratories to market, and become an accelerator for hi-tech enterprises.

Innovation resource sharing

Share the research facilities with the public, and carry out exchange, cooperation and interaction to maximise efficiency. 

International collaboration

Link to global innovation eco-networks, master the global trend of science and technology, build strategic research partnerships and improve the overall innovation capacity.