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7 April 2010 | PR 10/67

Chinese Olympic hero and international entrepreneur visits Loughborough University

Dr Li Ning and Prof Mike Caine

Professor Mike Caine and Dr Li Ning are pictured at the University’s Sports Technology Institute.

The Chinese Olympic gold medallist and founder of one of the world's fastest growing sporting goods manufacturers, Dr Li Ning recently visited the University.

The Loughborough honorary graduate was taken on a tour of the region by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) to explore opportunities for collaborations with organisations based in the area.  One of his key visits was to the University’s Sports Technology Institute (STI).

The STI is a £15million initiative in partnership with emda to boost research and enterprise in the sporting goods sector. It is home to the world's largest university-based research group in this field and brings together some of the country’s top researchers and the world’s leading sporting goods brands, working on the design, simulation, testing and manufacture of cutting edge sports equipment. The Sports Technology Research Group aim to make a positive, global impact, delivering social and economic benefit through excellent teaching, research and enterprise in sport related engineering.

During his visit to the Institute Dr Li expressed an interest in exploring a range of research and innovation collaborations with the Loughborough Group. Dr Li was shown some of the Institute’s bespoke equipment including golf robots, ball kicking/launching robots and machines developed to test athletic footwear and advanced sports garments.

Speaking about the visit Professor Mike Caine, director of the STI, said: “It was a pleasure to host Dr Li and to discuss potential research and enterprise collaborations with him.  Li Ning's visit is testimony to Loughborough University's growing reach on a global stage.  The Sports Technology Research Group is proud to partner many of the world's leading sporting goods brands and regard the Li Ning Company as an exciting potential collaborator.”

Following his visit to the STI Dr Li met with Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce and other senior University staff.

Professor Pearce said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome back a Loughborough honorary graduate of such distinction and show him one of our world-leading research facilities.”

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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