The University of Exeter is to work with counterparts in Hong Kong across a range of research and education opportunities.

The signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) will cover several academic areas, with a special focus on the field of digital medicine.

This extends to Exeter joining a new Institute of Digital Medicine, which brings together universities, medical schools, clinical and industry partners, and health tech investors worldwide.

The signing was attended by a high-level delegation from CityUHK, led by Professor Freddy Boey, President of CityUHK, who met with Professor Lisa Roberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University and her senior management team.

“The University of Exeter is delighted to have signed these two Memoranda of Understanding,” said Professor Roberts. “Our partnership with CityUHK will deliver exciting new research and education collaborations.

“We’re also thrilled to have joined the Institute of Digital Medicine initiative. Working even more closely with our international partners will enhance our joint impact around the world, and goes to the core of our Strategy 2030’s aims to make key breakthroughs to transform human health and well-being.”

The agreements deepen CityUHK’s existing and extensive relationships with the Russell Group. Under the MoU, both sides agree to explore opportunities for academic research, talent and institutional collaboration, academic, research staff and administrative personnel exchanges and training, and knowledge sharing.

The IDM will draw upon CityUHK’s research strengths in engineering, data science, and life science to develop innovative technologies that support doctors and explore digital health solutions for patients’ long-term benefit.

“We are delighted to partner with the University of Exeter to further our collaboration in terms of knowledge and talent exchange,” said President Boey. “As one of the most international universities in the world, CityUHK will continue to actively foster strategic partnerships with other leading global universities to enhance collaboration across various areas.”

“These are very positive developments for our University, and I look forward to working closely with CityUHK and our friends in the IDM initiative, in order to forge a greener, healthier, fairer future,” added Professor Roberts.