Professor Sai Gu, currently the Head of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey, has been appointed as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China) at Warwick with effect from 1 April 2020.
In this newly created role, Sai will work closely with Professor Mike Shipman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), to maintain, extend and deepen our relationships with university partners in China, and to pursue opportunities for funding, student mobility, and research and teaching collaboration.
About Professor Gu
Professor Gu has strong connections in China both through his personal research on clean energy and materials research, and at an institutional level. He has led the strategic collaborations with China for his current institution developing transnational education and research programmes and co-ordinating large international collaborative projects. Sai was also instrumental in the establishment of the Association of British Chinese Professors (ABCP) and serves as its Executive Vice President.
"Warwick is a truly world-class university with a formidable reputation inside and outside the UK. In a connected global community, it is important for UK academic institutions such as Warwick to have strong collaborations with China. Ultimately, such partnerships in education and research will not only bring benefits to both nations but humanity as a whole. I am very excited with the opportunities and challenges this new role brings and cannot wait to start."
Commenting on the new role, Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor and President said:
"Sai's profile, skills and experience make him the ideal person to undertake this crucial role to develop University-level strategic partnerships in China. The appointment of Sai to the role of Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for China is another crucial step towards delivery of the University's International Strategy."
Professor Mike Shipman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) said:
"We are delighted that Sai Gu will be joining us. His deep knowledge and extensive experience will be invaluable as we expand our strategic relationships in China."