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Surprise on a train

A group of students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) had a surprise in store when they boarded the through train to Hong Kong for the second leg of their study trip to Guangzhou.

The Launchpad students from Lancashire Business School (LBS) settled into their seats after an unforgettable week working alongside their Chinese counterparts at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. As they looked around, one of the first faces they saw on the TV screen was UCLan journalism lecturer Matt Horn.

Within seconds still pictures of the surprise appearance were back in Guangzhou through Wechat, the Chinese social media app that all UCLan students in China find an invaluable communication tool.

“Look who we found on the train – Matt,” wrote Molly Blackburn.

Matt, in country course leader for BA (Hons) International Journalism, has been working on ‘China Chats’, produced by Guangdong Radio and Television, for the past couple of years but the showing of the programme on the Guangzhou to Hong Kong trains only began last week.

While working on the show, Matt is helped by five of his Chinese international journalism students who have been gaining invaluable hands-on experience by working as interns for the past few months. They have been helping with production, translation, script-editing and the recording of vox-pops.

They hope to put all of that to good use later this year when they arrive at UCLan’s Preston campus for their third year of study.