Global Cambridge in Beijing

Global Cambridge in Beijing

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Meet your fellow alumni and learn about the University's world-leading research at our free Global Cambridge event in Beijing.
Sunday, 25 March 2018 - 4.00pm to 7.00pm CST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J. Toope (Trinity 1983), and a distinguished panel to discuss: ‘Tackling the challenges of sustainable urban development'.

Our panellists are:

  • Dr Helen Bao — Senior Lecturer in Real Estate Finance and Director of International Relations, Department of Land Economy
  • Professor Paul Linden (Emmanuel 1968) — Director of Research and G.I. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Fluid Mechanics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
  • The Hon Matthew Bullock (Peterhouse 1967) - Master, St Edmund’s College

After the keynote speeches, continue the conversation and network with other attendees at a reception over drinks and nibbles.


Dr Helen Xiaohui Bao

Dr Helen Bao

Dr Helen Bao is a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate Finance in the Department of Land Economy, and a Fellow in Economics at Newnham College. She also oversees international exchange programmes in her capacity as the Director of International Relations in the Department. 

Dr Bao teaches quantitative research methods, and its applications in land economy, for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Prior to joining Cambridge, she taught statistics and operation management courses at the School of Business, City University of Hong Kong, where she obtained her PhD degree in statistics.  Dr Bao’s research areas include behavioural sciences, real estate finance, corporate finance, housing economics and land use policies.

Dr Bao has co-authored a number of studies on the property markets and spatio-temporal urban land use patterns of China and Hong Kong. Her publications include a case study on the potential of new-type urbanisation planning in Liuzhou, which focused on balancing the natural endowment with the maximisation of land resources in the city, which is located on the banks of the Liu River. She has published extensively in top academic journals in her field, including Real Estate Finance, Land Use Policy, Habitat International, Cities, and the Journal of Real Estate Research.

Professor Paul Linden

Professor Paul Linden

Professor Paul Linden (Emmanuel 1968), Director of Research and G.I. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Professorial Fellow Emeritus of Downing College.

Professor Linden’s research focuses on environmental fluid mechanics. His research group conducts experimental and theoretical research on problems associated with the environment, and the processes that affect and are impacted by climate change. His work addresses some of the biggest global challenges, including food and water security, energy use and the impact of rapid population growth.

Professor Linden is also project lead and principal investigator for the transdisciplinary MAGIC Project, which is seeking to prevent air pollution becoming the leading global cause of mortality (projected to be the case by 2050 without improvements to the air quality in cities).

As part of the Project team, Professor Linden is rethinking how heating, ventilation and cooling systems are used within cities. The Project brings together academics in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, engineering and geography from the Universities of Cambridge, Surrey and Imperial College London with industrial partners, and others including Zhejiang University in China. One example of this joint working was the use of Reduced Order Modelling, as part of a collaboration by Imperial College and Chinese partners IAP, to indicate pollutant release from over 100 coal power plants across 55 densely populated cities, including Beijing.

Alumni information: 
Emmanuel 1968, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

The Hon Matthew Bullock

The Hon Matthew Bullock

The Hon Matthew Bullock is Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. 

A banker with 40 years’ experience of commercial and investment banking, he has a long connection with Cambridge and the University, where he read History at Peterhouse.  He was a member of the University’s Audit Committee from 1999-2012.  Mr Bullock was a founding member of the Judge Business School Advisory Board and its longest serving member (1985-2002), and chairman of the advisory board for the ESRC Centre for Business Research. With Professor Peter Nolan, he created the Cambridge China Big Business Programme of seminars, that later became the China Enterprise Leadership Programme. 

Mr Bullock was chairman of International House, an English language school, and served as a non-executive director and chairman of the audit and business development committees of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s). From 2013-16, he was chairman of Transforming Pathology Partnership, a joint venture between seven NHS trusts in East Anglia to combine their pathology services into a single organisation. In the earlier part of his career, he was heavily involved in the Cambridge phenomenon, notably as a local Barclays bank manager and, subsequently, as the head of the bank’s technology financing team. Mr Bullock was a member of the UK Cabinet Advisory Committee on Applied Research and Development during the mid 1980s. His experience in the technology sector resulted in his appointment as chairman of TAP Biosystems plc (1999-2012). 

Alumni information: 
Peterhouse 1967, History

About the Global Cambridge series

The Global Cambridge event series showcases the excellence and diversity of Cambridge's research and scholarship, and its contribution to society through new ideas, discoveries and innovation.

In 2018, we'll also be visiting Cardiff, Dublin, Geneva, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore.

Cambridge and Beijing

Closeup of Beijing on a map

The University values its relationship with China, recognising our shared past and an exciting future.

Today, Chinese students form the largest group from a single country outside the UK at Cambridge. There are more than 680 alumni in Beijing alone. There are 19 officially recognised alumni groups in the country, of which three are based in the capital city, including the Oxford and Cambridge Club of Beijing. Cambridge alumni from China include author Louis Cha (St John’s 2005), athlete Deng Yaping (Jesus 2002), Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien (Churchill 1972), and, of course, renowned poet Xu Zhimo (King’s 1921).

In China, Cambridge academics are engaged in a broad range of collaborations with Chinese colleagues, in areas as diverse as food security, autism, labour economics, and the origins of agriculture. A recent example is China SCORE, a large-scale study to investigate Autism Spectrum Conditions in partnership with researchers at the China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF), Peking University (PKU) and the University of Hong Kong.

The Cambridge Judge Business School runs the China Executive Leadership Programme and maintains links with Chinese corporate and government clients.

The Cambridge China Library is a landmark project from Cambridge University Press, comprising a series of new English translations of books by Chinese scholars that have not previously been available in the West.



The Peninsula Beijing | 王府半岛酒店
8 Goldfish Lane

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