Cultural and academic exchange between Bradford and Qingdao

Our China trade delegation visited the city of Qingdao on the east coast of China. We talk to Bradford and Qingdao movers and shakers to find out about the connections between the two cities and how it is benefitting Bradford and the wider region.

Our China trade delegation visited the city of Qingdao on the east coast of China. We talk to Bradford and Qingdao movers and shakers to find out about the connections between the two cities and how it is benefitting Bradford and the wider region.

David Wilson (pictured above), Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film:

We’ve been working with Qingdao for some time now and it’s wonderful we’ve established a Bradford Film Office in the city in September 2017. It enables the UK to have a portal to promote UK co-production opportunities, and wider business opportunities with many of those conversations are already underway.”

“In Bradford we have used our UNESCO designation to create the conditions for culture and creativity to thrive especially in the screen industries and we are steadily seeing the results.”

Mr. Li Ming, Director of Qingdao Culture, Radio, Television, Press and Publication Bureau:

“Qingdao has accelerated the pace of co-operation in television and film with the whole world. At the same time, we have been promoting our co-operation steadily with Bradford in nine initiatives which open the new chapter in cooperation between Qingdao and the European countries.”

Mark Garratt, Director of External Affairs at the University of Bradford:

“It’s great to be in Qingdao, it is an exciting city constantly in development. I’m here to build on our longstanding relationships in China centred around the University of Bradford's RCUK Science Bridges China which is an international research platform in advanced materials for healthcare.

“It’s led by the Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre, in collaboration with five leading research institutes at the University of Bradford, namely the Centre for Advanced Materials Engineering, the Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology, the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics and the Centre for Materials Chemistry. It brings together scientists, companies and hospitals from the UK and China to develop areas in drug discovery, drug delivery and medical technology. It supports collaborative research and open innovation activities, with a focus on research community building. It’s a major platform for collaboration and we translate research for the benefit of society.

“The University of Bradford also runs Open Innovation programmes to support Chinese students returning to their home country having developed entrepreneurship skills and new businesses. In fact, the University of Bradford has around 15 university partnerships in China.”

 

Find out more about significant Leeds City Region trade agreements signed in Qingdao in September 2018. If you would like to sell to China, click here to find out more.

Qingdao facts

  • Qingdao is a major city located on the east coast of China and is an important city in the Belt and Road initiative
  • Qingdao was one of the twelve Chinese cities which saw their GDP reach 1 trillion yuan (£113bn) in 2016
  • There are strong links developing between Leeds City Region and Qingdao
  • In September 2017, Bradford City of Film launched an office in Qingdao, after supporting Qingdao in its successful bid to also become a UNESCO City of Film
  • Qingdao has also opened a film office in Bradford. These offices will develop co-production projects between UK and Chinese filmmakers, opening up a range of incentives to accelerate film development and Sino-British cultural exchange
  • Leeds is home to the UK headquarters of Hisense, a major global electronics company, who has its global headquarters in Qingdao"