IChemE opens China office
06 August 2010
An IChemE office in Shanghai is open for business following the successful application to local government for a wholly owned foreign enterprise (WOFE) business licence.
The office will primarily be used to serve the growing IChemE member base in China and forge stronger links with Chinese universities and industry.
Shanghai at night
IChemE CEO David Brown said that the opening of a Shanghai base is an important development for the Institution: "Establishing the WOFE, our China arm, is a really significant milestone for IChemE and for the chemical engineering community. It’s a key step in bringing about fuller interaction between engineers in China and their colleagues elsewhere in the profession."
IChemE already has over 150 members in China but that number is expected to grow quickly in the coming months. The granting of the WOFE business licence follows a period of increased IChemE activity in China.
In December 2008, Tianjin University’s Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree programme was accredited by IChemE, marking the first time the Institution has accredited a degree course in China. And in August 2009, Chinese Academy of Science VP, Professor Jinghai Li was awarded IChemE Honorary Fellowship for his contributions to chemical engineering science and to international exchange among the chemical engineering community.
Speaking at his presentation reception in Montreal, Canada at the 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Li described IChemE as "one of the most important chemical engineering organisations in the world."
The formal opening of IChemE’s Shanghai office is expected to take place later this year.
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