The University of Groningen has announced plans to open a campus in China in 2018, inspired by the country's dedication to investing in scientific research.
Local news site Dutch News reports that the campus will be located in Yantai, Shandong Province.
Apparently, China spends an impressive 2.1 percent of its annual GDP on important research and development, compared to a figure of just 0.74 percent in the Netherlands.
The University of Groningen has a long and distinguished history, stretching back to 1614. It is well respected internationally, especially for research in the fields of Ecology, Material Sciences, Chemistry and Astronomy.
Groningen will not be the first European educational institution to expand ties with China.
In January, we reported that a similar venture by the University of Nottingham, in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, had been so successful that it was given a prestigious British Business award at a ceremony in Shanghai.
Since opening in 2006, the facility, which is a joint venture with China's Wanli Education Group, has gone from strength to strength. Initially welcoming hundreds of students, it now has over 6,000 enrolled on a diverse range of courses.
In 2011, a science and engineering building was opened on the site, joined in 2016 by a new arts centre.
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