A team from the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment has been chosen to teach city masterplanning in China’s Hunan province
The school’s academics will advise on the development of the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan City Cluster (CZT), made of eight large cities with a total area population of 65 million people.
UCL and China’s Central South University Business School (CSU) signed an agreement to work together in the region, as part of last week’s UK-China business summit led by the Prime Minister David Cameron.
The CZT City Cluster is viewed as an important development zone in China, and aims to build a world-class, modern, ecological, liveable city cluster which addresses sustainability and industrial growth.
This year has seen a ‘concerted effort’ by the Bartlett to identify both research and income-generating activities in mainland China.
Bartlett professor Alan Penn (pictured), who is leading the UCL team, said: ‘The Bartlett will shortly embark on a pilot project in Yiyang, one of the CZT region’s eight major cities, to demonstrate cutting edge spatial masterplanning technologies which will be integrated with Central South University Business School’s economic enterprise modelling expertise to create a much more powerful and iterative tool for predicting, shaping and monitoring the region’s future growth and prosperity.’
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: ‘I am pleased to see more and more institutions capitalising on the opportunities offered by China’s development, and I hope that this week’s visit will serve to open doors for more UK firms.’