On the 27 September CATCH hosted a visit from the Vice-Governor of the Chinese region of Ningxia.

Vice-Governor Yao Aixin brought with him the President Sun Tao of Ningxia Medical University and Vice President Li Xiaoyan of Ningxia Polytechnic as well as two of his colleagues. The visit was very kindly organised by Tim O’Connell from the Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO).

Vice-Governor Yao’s visit followed an earlier visit by a delegation from Ningxia in June to see if CATCH and the University of Sheffield would make a good partner for the region. That visit was successful and a visit by the Vice-governor was arranged.

Ningxia is an autonomous region of China located in the centre of the country. The region is heavily investing in modern health and social care infrastructure and is exploring combining medical and elderly care services.

During the visit many opportunities for collaboration between CATCH and the two universities from Ningxia were discussed. These included student exchanges and areas of joint research. The Ningxia delegation invited Profs Mark Hawley and Luc de Witte to visit Ningxia to continue the discussions.