Loughborough University in partnership with China Scholarship Council to increase PhD scholarship offers

The University strengthens its partnership with China Scholarship Council (CSC) with 20 PhD scholarships on offer for the 2021-22 academic year.

CSC is a legal non-profit institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. It provides assistance for Chinese citizens to study abroad and foreign citizens to study in China. In 2019, CSC funded over 66,000 Chinese students to study in 110 countries and regions, and 65,000 foreign students to undertake studies in China.

In 2016, a delegation led by the University Vice-Chancellor visited CSC office in Beijing. Both parties fully exchanged views on topics interests and agreed to enhance the collaboration in all fields, particularly in PhD student training.  Since then, the University has enrolled an increasing number of CSC-funded PhD students. In November 2020, the two sides officially set up a joint scholarship for outstanding young Chinese students to pursue their full PhD research at Loughborough.    

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Steve Rothberg commented: “PhD students play a vital role in the University’s world-class research effort. Each year we welcome 50 new Chinese students to our Doctoral Researchers community, joining students from 59 countries around the world. We are delighted to work with China Scholarship Council to increase the opportunities for Chinese students to join our community.”

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison added: “Our partnership with CSC will benefit the University and research community greatly and I look forward to welcoming the students in the next academic year.”

Deputy Secretary-General of CSC, Dr Qing Li commented: “For years, Loughborough University has been playing an active role in supporting CSC scholarship awardees and other Chinese students. The agreement will help to underpin sustainable and reciprocal partnerships between Loughborough and its Chinese counterparts in a long term, so as to further promote mutual understanding between two nations.”

More information on CSC is available here.  

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.