China-Scotland Education-Industry Collaboration of the Year

On February 1st 2018, the University of Edinburgh’s China healthcare team was recognised as Business – Education Collaboration of the Year at the inaugural China Britain Business Council (CBBC) China – Scotland Business Awards on for its International Diabetes Centre project with Shenzhen People’s Hospital in Guangdong Province, southern China.

A key element of this project is upskilling local clinical staff including IT-Data training and strengthening research capabilities. Planning is also at an advanced stage to refurbish three floors of the hospital for a new 5,000 sq m IDC planned for opening later in 2018.

Chronic disease like diabetes pose a major challenge. One in four people worldwide living with diabetes are in China.

In 1980, the prevalence of diabetes was 0.9% of the Chinese population. By 2010, this was 11.6%. Over 100 million people in China are diagnosed with diabetes.

Shenzhen Government ‘3 Famous Programme’ Award

On May 11th 2017,  The University of Edinburgh’s China healthcare team received a prestigious Shenzhen Government ‘3 Famous Programme’ award to support the establishment of a cutting-edge diabetes research and treatment centre, based on Scotland’s renowned model for managing long-term conditions.


The International Diabetes Centre (IDC) at Shenzhen People’s Hospital in southern China – supported by the University of Edinburgh – aims to deliver world-leading medical education, research and patient care.

The IDC, which will occupy three floors of the 2,400 bed hospital, was formally launched and scheduled to be operational by November. It will be based on Scotland’s healthcare model for managing patients with chronic conditions.

An international team will develop a new diabetes care and management model with the ambition to scale the system across the city. The model will be underpinned by a strong educational strategy, registry-based care that is supported by a powerful informatics platform and multi-disciplinary care teams.