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University of Aberdeen creates new Institute in partnership with South China Normal University

The Institute will specialise in data science and artificial intelligence


By Mireia Jiménez

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Following approval from China’s Ministry of Education, the three undergraduate courses of BSc Artificial Intelligence, BSc Computing Science, and BSc Computing Management and Information Systems will be offered, starting September 2021.

Undergraduates will perform the four years of their degree in China and will be taught by staff from both universities.

Joint Undergraduate programmes were already in place for SCNU students in Aberdeen, for instance, in Finance, Real Estate and Computing Science, and Aberdeen University staff also has had the opportunity to teach at SCNU in the past.


Professor Alan Speight, Vice-Principal for Global Student Recruitment at the University of Aberdeen, said:


“Data and Artificial Intelligence is one of the University’s key interdisciplinary research challenges in our Aberdeen 2040 strategy, which was launched last year to mark our 525th anniversary.”


“The Joint Institute will align directly with our objectives in this important field. It will support the University's international ambitions to expand our networks and partnerships, as well as extending the reach of our teaching and research globally”.