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Dame Nancy and Dr Lee signing a document in the John Rylands Library

About the partnership

Dr Lee Kai Hung's £5m donation will allow The University of Manchester to establish a major centre for China studies.

With growing links between Manchester and China, and the global significance of Chinese policies such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy, the Manchester China Institute is set to play a major role in improving understanding between the China and the UK.

As well as research, the Centre will have a particular emphasis on working with the local Chinese community and the thousands of Chinese students in the city. It will also seek to serve local businesses and promote peaceful UK-China relations.

Manchester has more academics engaged in China and China-related studies than almost any other UK university – working on everything from the arts and humanities to health and science.

Dr Lee Kai Hung

The development of China-UK relations is a subject very close to my heart, so I am delighted to be able to help create this Institute at The University of Manchester. China's ties with this city, the University and the many Chinese staff and students make this an ideal place to locate the Institute and the China Gallery.

Dr Lee Kai Hung / retired Hong Kong businessman, philanthropist, University of Manchester Honorary Graduate

Would you like to get involved?

If this story has inspired you and you would like to discuss making a gift to the Manchester China Institute or another area of the University, please contact Dominic Boyd: