Business experts from Queen's University Belfast will spend a month in China building academic and business relationships.
A delegation from Queen's University Management School, led by its director, Professor Richard Harrison, will travel to Chongqing in China tomorrow for the economic growth initiative.
Chongqing has been designated by the Chinese government as the country's new economic area - Two Rivers New Zone, which is projected to create three million new jobs over the next 10 years.
The four-week project, supported by the British Council, is one of only five university initiatives to win funding this year under the Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education, PMI2.
The Queen's team will focus on ways to generate wealth for the UK and China and develop exchange programmes with Sichuan International Studies University and Chongqing University.
Prof Harrison said: "This is a unique opportunity for Queen's, Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole to link to the fastest growing economic area in China, an area which is already on the radar of some of the world's leading companies as a direct investment opportunity."
He will be accompanied by Dr Yu Xiong, Dr Johan Lindeque and four Masters students.
MSc Management student, Enda Scanlan from Ballymote, Co Sligo, said visiting China will be an, "invaluable experience".
"I think it will be really interesting to see what is going on in business over there and get an inside perspective," he added.
"In the future I'm interested in looking at ways to support businesses, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot out in China."