14 December 2007 | Paul Snell
The University of Nottingham has been awarded nearly half a million pounds by the EU to create a network to improve information on public procurement rules.
The ?450,000 (£322,000) grant from the EU's "Asia Link" programme, which promotes networking between higher education institutions in Europe and developing countries in Asia, will fund a three-year project to develop research and teaching on public procurement.
Activities funded by the grant will include setting up a permanent network of academics who work on public procurement regulation, producing books and textbooks to support teaching and research and holding conferences in Nottingham, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.
The University of Nottingham will lead the project, and will be supported by Copenhagen Business School, the Central University of Finance and Economics and Xinjiang University in China and the University of Malaya in Malaysia.
Professor Sue Arrowsmith, who will lead the scheme, said in a statement: "This award recognises the increasingly important role of public procurement policy in modern economies and trade and its potential contribution to good governance. It will help ensure universities can contribute fully to the future development of effective and ethical procurement policies."
The project will initially develop teaching in the subject in China and Malaysia, and will then be expanded across the continent.