On Thursday 5 November 2015, Professor Chris Rudd will be inaugurated as the 5th Provost of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).
Professor Chris Rudd succeeds Professor Nick Miles OBE, who has returned to the UK after five highly successful years in charge of UNNC.
Professor Yang Fujia, President of UNNC, said: “I am delighted Professor Rudd has been appointed to lead UNNC through its next phase of development. UNNC will be in safe hands and I look forward to working with Professor Rudd in his new role.”
Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “This change in leadership comes at an exciting time for UNNC and our collaborations in China more widely. Nick’s visionary leadership will leave a lasting legacy for past and future generations of students and alumni, and a secure platform for Professor Rudd to build on. Professor Rudd is an experienced PVC with extensive knowledge of working in China. I am confident UNNC will go from strength to strength under his leadership.”
Professor Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement since 2007, has extensive experience of senior academic management. A Professor of Mechanical Engineering, he has worked extensively with China’s emerging corporate sector to build long lasting partnerships that benefit both countries – meeting China’s needs for technology and talent and the western need for new markets.
Professor Rudd said: “UNNC is a unique and exciting place and I really feel honoured to be asked to help steer it through the next phase of its evolution. This is an opportunity to work with some inspiring people at an extraordinary time and I look forward greatly to working with our partners, staff and students to continuing making history in Ningbo.”
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement, he has brought many Chinese corporates into UK partnerships and taken technology transfer missions to many of China’s first and second tier cities – focusing on energy, aerospace, automotive, food and drink, creative industries, pharma/healthcare and financial services.
Professor Rudd has launched many high-value partnerships and created Nottingham’s Asia Business Centre to sustain those collaborations. He led Nottingham’s presence at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and chairs the Nottingham Confucius Institute. He is also a Board Director of the China Britain Business Council and a guest Professor at Jilin University.
In 2013 he was awarded the Changbaishan (长白山友谊奖) friendship award by the Chinese Government. He is a regular speaker at Sino-UK business events, promoting partnership, transnational education and the role of universities in building cultural and economic bridges and supporting business growth.