Prince William opens the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building

The Duke of Cambridge has formally opened David Morley Architects' Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building in the grounds of St Hugh’s College. The University of Oxford has been regarded as Europe’s leading centre for the study of China for some time. The Centre now has a dedicated building bringing its academics with an interest in China under the same roof.

 

 

 

The Duke officially opened the China Centre building by joining others in a traditional Chinese ribbon-cutting ceremony in its courtyard garden. He said: 'The China Centre is an enormous achievement. It stands on the foundations of many centuries of learning in the University of Oxford about China, and it marks a significant leap forward. The strength and creativity of the partnership between the University and St Hugh's provides a solid foundation for the creation of what has the potential to become the foremost place of study about China in the world.'

 

The new £21million China Centre extends over five floors and completes the second phase of David Morley Architects’ master plan for St Hugh’s College, transforming the fourteen and a half acre College grounds into a series of generous interlinked gardens.

 

Professor Rana Mitter, Director of the China Centre, said: ‘The opening of the magnificent new China Centre building enables us to confirm Oxford's position as Europe's premier centre for the study of China and to move toward making it the most exciting place to work on China in the western world.’ 

 

Mr Poon, who contributed £10million to the new building, explained why he felt Oxford was the right place in the West for a new dedicated centre of scholarship on China.

 

Mr Poon said: ‘I believe China will become an even more significant world force this century, requiring a deeper understanding by the West. Oxford already has a proud history in the study of China, and I was delighted to make this gift to help advance knowledge, collaboration and understanding in all aspects of Chinese culture.’