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Loughborough University London students inspire the future expansion of Here East

11 September 2018

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Here East was once the former Press and Broadcast Centre of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is now a thriving hub for emerging start-ups, established companies and world-class institutions including Loughborough University London.

In a recent interview for China Daily, Here East CEO Gavin Pool shares his vision for the future of Here East and identifies our Chinese cohort as the main inspiration for his plans. More than 3,000 people are currently working at Here East and the number is expected to grow, as Here East plans to target Chinese businesses in their next phase of development.

“It’s not just about the regeneration of the Olympic Park or homes or jobs” says Gavin. “It’s actually something very specific around technology, the creative industries and the use of universities.”

When asked about the inspiration behind his plans, Gavin credits the growing number of entrepreneurial and creative Chinese students that are currently studying at Loughborough University London and UCL, who also have a campus at Here East.

“They are brilliant minds” says Poole. “They put together the innovation syndicates to help our businesses and solve some of the problems. The Chinese students are exceptional, so what I want is more of their minds and thinking to come over here.”

Poole concludes by telling China Daily that he wants to see a change to policies in order to allow more international students to transition from education to employment in the UK and develop businesses.

To read the full article, visit China News online.

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