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The University of Nottingham praised for its international strategy

The University of Nottingham has won one of the most prestigious awards in UK higher education.

Nottingham was singled out for its 'outstanding international strategy' at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

The honour recognises the work of the University's Asia Business Centre, which has helped to identify £25m in commercial funding for the institution through joint research programmes, training and corporate philanthropy.

The Centre works with Chinese and Malaysian companies on joint research programmes that can develop new products for the market. The Centre also works to secure jobs with major Asian firms for Nottingham graduates, and helps small and medium-sized businesses in the East Midlands to help them develop commercial opportunities in Asia through providing specialist support and market intelligence.

Jason Feehily, head of the Asia Business Centre, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award. The Centre is an expression of the University’s vision for international engagement, and shows the enormous power of working internationally – and the benefits it can bring on both sides. It’s fantastic that this has been recognised by the Times Higher Education award judges.”

The Times Higher Education award is the second such accolade of 2013 – the University also won the international category at the Guardian University Awards in February.

Nottingham has a unique international footprint, with full campuses in Ningbo, China and Semenyih, Malaysia.

Knowledge Without Borders, the University’s international strategy, embeds an international dimension to all of its activities.

Joanna Newman, director of the UK Higher Education International Unit and one of the judges of the Times Higher Education Awards, said Nottingham's entry was outstanding and had built “...on its trusted international reputation and established presence in Asia to create a knowledge exchange strategy that is... creating vital links between the university and business in the UK and Asia.”

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