University of Nottingham Ningbo China
International Doctoral Innovation Centre
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About Us

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The International Doctoral Innovation Centre (IDIC) is a pioneering doctoral training centre established at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) in 2012. The IDIC is a joint venture between UNNC, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo Education Bureau, Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK.

We aim to train 100 of the brightest early career PhD researchers over six years, focussing on the areas of digital economy and energy technologies. Their training here at UNNC will help to develop innovative solutions that will address major global academic and industry challenges. We encourage enthusiastic candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds to apply for our prestigious PhD scholarships.

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As well as supporting PhD research, the IDIC will establish a long-term cooperation between leading UK and Chinese universities and industry, and provide a substantive platform for developing collaborative research and knowledge transfer activities between the two nations.

This major initiative draws on The University of Nottingham’s experience of running Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and Ningbo Municipal Government have also played a key role in bringing the project to its fruition.

The unique model integrates a number of co-dependent strands to achieve an exciting new environment for world-leading research. The partners include Horizon Digital Economy Doctoral Training Centre and the Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies.

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Our People

Steering Committee

The International Doctorate Innovation Centre (IDIC) steering committee is responsible for the strategic-level management of the IDIC, as well as coordinating resources and communication between the funders.

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NameJob Description
Professor Chris Rudd  Provost, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Professor Sam Shen Vice-Provost, University of Nottingham Ningbo China 
Dr Chidi Hu Deputy Director, Ningbo Education Bureau
Mr Guowen Gong Deputy Director, Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau

Academic Committee

The International Doctorate Innovation Centre (IDIC) academic committee is responsible for coordinating student operation and supervision, recruiting academic staff, developing research collaborations, and managing fund transfers and communications between The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and The University of Nottingham in the UK.

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NameJob Desciption
Professor Alain Chong Dean of Graduate School, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Associate Professor Dave Towey Computer Science, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Associate Professor Jun He Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Professor Sam Shen University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Professor Colin Snape University of Nottingham UK
Dr Michel Valstar University of Nottingham UK
Dr Richard Masterman University of Nottingham UK

Directors and Operations

NameOfficeJob Title
Professor Alain Chong Trent 408 Director of IDIC
Dr Dave Towey PMB419 Deputy Director of IDIC
Dr Jun He PMB329 Deputy Director of IDIC
Ms Jessica Wang Trent 341

Administrator

Tel: +86 (0)574 8818 0000 Ext.6440

Our Students

Supervisor Team