About Us

China UK Development Centre (CUDC) was established in 2012, marking the 40th anniversary of full diplomatic relations between the UK and China. Since then we have established a range of sustainable partnerships between government and educational institutions of both China and the UK.


CUDC continuously promotes interaction and knowledge sharing between brightest students of the UK and China. Enhancing collaborations between the two countries in areas of education, language and culture will ultimately result in innovations that will transform and improve lives, considering the academic excellence of both nations.


CUDC actively helps to build bridges between the two countries' top universities, opening avenues for cooperation and collaboration in various fields. These efforts are indeed endorsed by the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, which continuously encourage universities in China to build partnerships with top universities in the UK.

Our Mission

It is our mission to expand partnerships between government and educational institutions between the two countries to increase cooperation and collaboration at all levels. Increased cooperation will secure a sustainable relationship between the UK and China. Collaborations between Chinese and British HEIs can result in an increased progression of ideas and innovations. It is through collaborations and partnerships that we can broaden horizons of young talents from both countries. 

We firmly believe "Insight Inspires Innovation". There's an old Chinese saying: "It's better to travel 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books." CUDC helps arrange exchange visits for China-UK students to broaden their horizons, and to experience the East-West differences. These experiences will in turn stimulate their interest to learn each other's language and culture, to feel the diversified histories of civilizations in the world, which will better help them spread their wings in the future and adapt to the sharp competitive environment filled with international talents.

Our Directors and Co-Founders 

Dr. Ruigang Michael Zhou, PhD (Cantab)

Chairman, Managing Director, Co-Founder 

Email: ruigang.zhou@cudc.info

Michael received his BEng degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), and his PhD degree from Department of Engineering and Darwin College, University of Cambridge (UK). Michael previously served as the Head of UK office, and established partnerships with higher education organisations such as Oxbridge Colleges in the UK through more than 200 projects. Since 2020, Michael has stepped up to act as the Managing Director of CUDC, leading the next phase of development for the organisation. 

Dr. Jason Zheng Jiang, PhD (Cantab)

Director, Co-Founder

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Email: jiangzheng@cudc.info

Jason received his BSc and MSc degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), and his PhD degree from Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (UK). Jason has been the Managing Director of CUDC from 2012 to 2020, during which CUDC has grown substantially. He is now serving as a Director of CUDC.

Dr. Weijian Shen, MD, PhD (Manchester)

Director, Co-Founder

Email: weijian.shen@cudc.info

Weijian received his MD degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (China), and his PhD degree from University of Manchester (UK). Weijian previously served as Head of the China office, and built up long-term collaborations with more than 100 universities, media, local education authorities and government agencies. He is now serving as a Director at CUDC. 

Our Honorary Directors

Prof. Clive Wilkins

Honorary Director of Studies and Advisor of CUDC

Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for the Integration of Science, Technology and Culture

Artist in Residence, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Co-founder of The Captured Thought

Prof. Casimir D'Angelo

Director of CUDC Global Training Centre

Former Founding Director of the Language Unit, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge

World-renowned linguist

Professor Nicola S. Clayton, FRS

Honorary Director of Studies and Advisor of CUDC

Fellow, Royal Society

Director, Cambridge Centre for the Integration of Science, Technology and Culture

Professor of Comparative Cognition, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Scientist in Residence at Rambert
Co-founder of The Captured Thought

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