SWELLING INSTITUTION membership numbers in China is the task for two new ICE branch offices opened in Shanghai and Beijing earlier this month.
The Institution already has around 100 members based in China, but it has targeted the region as a growth area. Each of the new offices is expected to pull in between 40 and 50 new members in the first year.
'Now that China has opened up its economy and is moving into a capitalist environment, its engineers need recognition, ' said ICE acting chief executive Amar Bhogal.
'Encouraging local engineers to join the Institution will help local experts to obtain an internationally recognised engineering qualification and at the same time expose British engineers to the engineering culture and opportunities in China.'
British Consul General Paul Sizeland joined Bhogal in opening the Shanghai branch, which will operate out of the offices of consultant Binnie Black & Veatch. It will be run by BBV technical director Mike Walsh.
The Beijing branch will run out of the offices of consultant Scott Wilson led by Peter Chan Chung-wan. A third branch in Chongqing, based at the Chongqing Jianzhu University and run by Professor Li Shirong, will open within the next three months.