Pioneering project in China led by Leicester Dean of Medicine

A leading academic from our University is part of an important initiative in China to tackle course innovation in colleges and universities.

Professor Philip Baker (pictured), Dean of Medicine and Pro-Vice-Chancellor attended the launch for Project 111 in Leicester’s twin city of Chongqing. He also Chaired sessions at one of the Project’s programmes - the International Collaborative Innovation Symposium of Maternal-Fetal Medicine which took place at the same time. 

Project 111 aims to upgrade the scientific renewal and peers competition of Chinese universities by establishing innovation centres and gathering groups of first-class minds from around the world.

Professor Baker leads a programme that will twin the expertise of pregnancy and obstetrics researchers across the world with their counterparts in China, with funding from the Chinese government.

Professor Baker is the Lead Overseas Applicant of the team which includes Professors David Olson (Alberta, Canada), Richard Saffery (Melbourne, Australia) and Mark Kilby (Birmingham, UK), as well as Tommy Mousa, also from the University of Leicester. Professor Baker will be coordinating each of the various projects with a partner in Chongqing.

Speaking after his return from China, Professor Baker said: “We are developing the most comprehensive pregnancy research centre in China. Collaboration with specialist centres from around the world will enable us investigate new treatment strategies – for China and for the rest of the world.”