China, UK aviation studies partnership takes flight
Updated: 2017-09-07

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The heads of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Edinburgh announce the opening of an international science technology and innovation week on Sept 4. [Photo/comac.cc]

Shanghai Jiao Tong University is working ever more closely with the UK's University of Edinburgh and leading Chinese aircraft manufacturer the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) on a range of civil aviation projects.

The three parties took their partnership a step further this week, as they launched their first International Science, Technology and Innovation Week at the SJTU campus in Shanghai on Sept 4.

The five-day event features lectures, forums and parallel seminars gathering together experts and scholars to discuss the future of robotics, artificial intelligence, big data and civil aircraft technology.

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COMAC, SJTU and the University of Edinburgh sign a strategic cooperation agreement on Sept 4. [Photo/comac.cc]

There was also a Q&A featuring crew members who served on the maiden flight of the C919, which was developed by COMAC and is the first large passenger aircraft manufactured by a Chinese company.

SJTU, University of Edinburgh and COMAC also signed an agreement to work together even more closely on technological development in the civil aviation industry.

SJTU has enjoyed a good relationship with COMAC for several years. In 2016, the two sides co-founded a flight test research center.

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A Q&A starring crew members from the maiden flight of the C919, China's first nationally-produced large passenger plane, takes place at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Sept 4. The crew members answered students’ questions on a range of topics, such as how to become an excellent flight test engineer. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

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