Thank you for your interest in the Joint Programme in Biomedical Sciences, a major new initiative between Nanchang University and Queen Mary University of London (Queen Mary). Over the last few years, Queen Mary has built collaborative relationships with leading Chinese universities and has developed the Joint Programme model to bring together the best that is offered by both Chinese and British higher education. In this model,each partner university makes an equal academic contribution to the degree programme, with students being awarded degrees from both universities on successful completion of their studies. Importantly, the Queen Mary input is made by academics based in London who travel to Nanchang to teach and interact closely with their students, thereby ensuring the same high quality educational provision provided in London. Queen Mary is one of the United Kingdom’s leading universities. We are a member of the Russell Group, the set of institutions generally considered to represent the elite of British higher education. Furthermore, Queen Mary has a long history of excellence in the biomedical sciences. Contributions to the new Joint Programme are made from both the School of Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary, and our Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The latter joined Queen Mary in 1995 after a merger between the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s (“Barts”) Hospital and the London Hospital Medical College. Barts Hospital is the oldest in the United Kingdom,having been founded in 1123, while the London Hospital founded the first chartered medical school in England in 1785. Today, Queen Mary brings together academic excellence – notably in the biomedical sciences – with a firm commitment to service both through knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. We are delighted to contribute our expertise and our principles to this exciting new Joint Programme with Nanchang University. Please join us!