Strategic partners

HBU/UCLan School of Media Communication and Creative Industries

Both Hebei University and the University of Central Lancashire created the joint non-independent status HBU-UCLan School of Media, Communications and Creative Industries.

The joint school is located at Hebei University campus in Baoding, Hebei Province, China in a building specifically allocated to this collaboration. Baoding is approximately 36 minutes by fast train from Beijing and is fast becoming a commuter base for those working in Beijing.

Both institutions worked continuously over 24 months to gain the Chinese Ministry of Education approval and with their official consent, the first cohort of students started in September 2014.


The joint school can accommodate up to 800 students when at full capacity. The programmes which are offered and delivered there are:-

  • BA (Hons) Advertising
  • BA (Hons) Animation
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design
  • BA (Hons) Media Production and Technology
  • BA (Hons) Media and Film and Production

Students have the opportunity to complete their study at UCLan in Preston.

There is a complement of staff based at HBU-UCLan throughout the academic year including the Academic Head who supports the joint school and staff based there. There are also frequent visits from both key staff at UCLan as well as students within the relevant UCLan Schools who undertake project work with the students belonging to the joint school.

Hebie China campus