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UCLan is widely regarded as a leading UK university for international partnerships and is now 'partner of first choice' for many reputable universities worldwide.

Our international partnerships encompass staff and student interchange, transnational (in-country) education programmes, linked (articulated) programmes, collaborative research, e-learning, knowledge transfer and joint project ventures. The International Partnership Student Newsletter for Spring 2016 is now available to view.

UOME, Mauritius

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President of Mauritius and the British High Commissioner visit UCLan in Mauritius


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Her Excellency, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, answering questions from the audience


The President of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, visited UCLan in Mauritius in October 2015 for a Women and Science event organised by the Women in Networking (WIN) group, which promotes equality for women in Mauritius. 120 delegates attended the question and answer event to hear her Excellency discuss her experiences as an academic and entrepreneur within the science field. The President took the opportunity to express her support in promoting women in science within Mauritius and the African continent.


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The British High Commissioner, Jonathan Drew, giving a talk to UCLan in Mauritius LLB (Hons) students

The British High Commissioner, Jonathan Drew, visited UCLan in Mauritius in October 2015 to deliver a talk and share his personal experiences on the relationship between law and diplomacy to the first and second year LLB (Hons) Law students. During a Q & A session, students had the opportunity to discuss issues regarding diplomacy that Mauritius is experiencing, such as the Chagos Islands debate, with the High Commissioner.

Scholarships awarded to students in Mauritius

Scholarships of £500 each have been awarded for 22 students studying on UCLan programmes at UoM Enterprise in the academic year 2015/16. These are awarded by UCLan for academic excellence and potential contribution to their future workplace and wider society, as demonstrated on their application forms.

Welcome Week 2015-16

UCLan-UOME new students for the academic year 2015/16 were able to take advantage of a myriad of activities and talks during their induction week including team building adventures; treasure hunts; workshops and talks on HIV-AIDS, survival skills and gender equality. Together with current students who were also encouraged to take part to integrate with the new arrivals, many of the students enjoyed talks from dignitaries and entrepreneurs from around the world such as former UN Ambassador, Mr Milan Meetarbhan, and the Women in Network’s Executive Director, Georgina Ragaven, who presented a series of thought provoking videos, questionnaires and debating activities. The week culminated in a Freshers’ Ball at the Altitude Private Club in Ebène.

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New students having fun at the Freshers’ Ball closing a successful induction week

AWARDS

Awards Ceremony

UOME - UCLan Awards Ceremony

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Graduates of the LLM International Business Law

The third graduation ceremony for UCLan and UOM Enterprise was held on Thursday 18th July 2015 at The University of Mauritius, with 21 students graduating from the LLM International Business Law programme. The graduation ceremony was attended by The Chancellor of the University of Mauritius Dr Jean Claude Autry, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the UOM Trust Mr Preeaduth Chitamun, the previous year’s honorary fellow Chief Justice, Honourable Kheshoe Parsad Matadeen, and many judges from the Supreme Court including Justice Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah. Miss Ramsurrun Manika Priyanka was given the award for UCLan’s outstanding performance whilst studying for her LLM International Business Law Programme.

UCLan’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Robin Pollard officiated at the event, which was well attended by the students, parents and friends.

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Prof Robin Pollard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with Mrs Justice Ah Foon Chui Yew Cheong.

Mrs Justice Ah Foon Chui Yew Cheong, Puisne Judge to the Supreme Court of Mauritius, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to the Mauritian judicial system and her work with UCLan developing CPD opportunities. Mrs Justice Cheong hosted a group of UCLan Preston law students in March 2015 when they visited Mauritius to work with UCLan students studying in Mauritius.

Read more about our Strategic Partner.


Hebei University, China

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.

Read more more about our Strategic Partner.

Applied Art Studies, Greece

Partner Information

AAS College in Greece has been a partner for a number of years, collaborating with our School of Art, Design and Fashion.

UCLan Courses offered at AAS College

  • BA Hons Animation
  • BA Hons Fashion Design
  • BA Hons Fashion Promotion
  • BA Hons Games Design
  • BA Hons Graphic Design
  • BA Hons Interior Design
  • BA Hons Product Design
  • MA Design
  • MA Graphic Design
  • MA Interior Design

City University of Hong Kong, School of Continuing & Professional Education (SCOPE)

Partner Information

CityU-SCOPE is a world-leading institution and is UCLan’s longest standing partner in Hong Kong, with over 400 students on courses in disciplines related to Fire and Languages. The development of UCLan’s Fire courses in Hong Kong meets the needs of the Hong Kong Fire Services Authority, providing Foundation through to Masters course provision.

Collaboration is with the Schools of Engineering; Forensic and Applied Sciences; and Journalism, Language and Communication.

UCLan Courses offered at CityU-SCOPE

  • FdSc Fire Safety Engineering
  • BEng Hons Fire Engineering
  • MSc Fire Safety Engineering
  • MSc Fire Scene Investigation
  • BA Hons English for International Corporate Communication
  • BA Hons International Business Communication with Chinese/Japanese

Honorary Fellows

Dr Louis Ma, Director, City University of Hong Kong - School of Continuing and Professional Education

Dr. Louis Ma is the Acting Director of the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) of the City University of Hong Kong. He provides leadership to over 200 full-time staff (including 60 academic staff in four Academic Sections: Business & Management, Arts & Communication, Science & Technology, and Social & Human Sciences) and over 400 part-time teaching staff. From 1997 to 2012, Dr. Ma had served CityU in various capacities, including Acting Head of the Department of Information Systems and Assistant Dean (Assurance of Learning) in the College of Business. Dr. Ma has successfully participated in the validation of numerous programs and college accreditation, including AACSB International and EQUIS as well as in program accreditation by HKCAAVQ.

Awards Ceremony, November 2015

The awards ceremony for students graduating from programmes in International Business Communication with Chinese/Japanese, English for International Corporate Communication and a range of Fire related programmes.

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Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

Partner Information

UCLan forged its first collaboration in China with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 1986 and in 2012 celebrated 25 years’ partnership.

Pathways leading to final year of UCLan courses of:-

  • BA Hons International Business
  • BA Hons International Business Communication
  • BA Hons International Journalism

There are currently more than 250 students studying towards these programmes in-country, but the partnership to date has seen over 1000 students successfully progress to UCLan to study for their Bachelor degree. Over 300 have also continued to study for postgraduate qualifications at UCLan, whilst more than 100 visiting scholars (or secondees) have visited UCLan to undertake research and further studies.

Collaboration is with the School of Business and the School of Journalism, Language and Communication.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars from GDUFS come to UCLan every semester for professional development purposes, undertaking research, observing teaching and taking higher qualifications. UCLan welcomes up to four scholars (or secondees) each semester, hosted by its Schools, with more than 100 secondees benefitting to date from this cultural exchange opportunity.

In November 2015, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies celebrated its 50th anniversary. Celebratory events were organised on the Guangzhou campus which were attended by the Deputy Chair of the University Board, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Director of International Partnerships and key College representatives. UCLan and GDUFS first had discussions on potential collaboration in 1986. At the time of UCLan celebrating its 20th anniversary (of University status) in 2012, UCLan hosted an International Symposium, 'The Global Student Experience' which discussed the ways in which universities are responding to the internationalisation agenda whilst providing a superlative student experience, with an international dimension. Professor Zhong Weihe, President of GDUFS, was a keynote speaker at the Symposium. Also during the Symposium, UCLan celebrated the 20 years of course collaboration with GDUFS. In 2014, the International College (where UCLan’s programmes are located) celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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Staff Visit

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Hongxia Chen, Deputy Director of News Center, from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, visited UCLan from February to May in 2013. This is what she had to say about her time spent at UCLan; ““UCLan is a university dedicated to internationalization. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCLan where I broadened my experience, acquired knowledge, and developed valuable friendships.”

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Julia Ge, visited UCLan from March to August 2012 and had the following to say about her time spent at UCLan; “I have a great memory of UCLAN, including the beautiful campus and the extremely warm-hearted and helpful staff. These five months is the most memorable time in my whole life. With the kind help of Karen, the chief of the international office and Dr Michele Milner, my academic contact, I could attend many interesting courses not only in the School of Language and International Studies, but other schools like School of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Journalism and Media.”




Honorary Awards

President Zhong Weihe was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in June 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education between GDUFS and UCLan.

Peter Chen, the former Dean of the International College of GDUS and now Vice-President, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in June 2008 for his contribution to the development of higher education in Guangdong Province through GDUFS.

Awards Ceremony

The UCLan-GDUFS Awards ceremony took place on 25 June 2015 and saw over 160 diplomates graduate from the cooperative programmes in International Business Communication, International Business and International Journalism.

Hong Kong College of Technology, Hong Kong

Partner Information

UCLan has enjoyed a very successful relationship with Hong Kong College of Technology since 2005, when an Institutional Agreement confirming the institutions’ intention to work together was signed.

The initial collaboration was in the areas of Facilities Management, Construction Project Management, and Marketing. Currently, the following programmes are offered in collaboration with the School of Engineering and the School of Management:-

UCLan Courses offered at Hong Kong College of Technology

  • BSc Hons Construction Project Management
  • BSc Hons Facilities Management
  • BA Hons Event Management
  • BA Hons International Tourism Management

Watch the University of Central Lancashire Hong Kong College of Technology Awards Ceremony.

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Awards Ceremony – Centre of International Education, Hong Kong College of Technology

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On 21 March 2015, the Centre of International held its awards ceremony for 160 graduates in Construction Project Management, Facilities Management, Management in Events and International Tourism Management.

Honorary Fellows

Professor Chan Cheuk Hay

Principal of Hong Kong College of Technology

Awarded Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to the development of adult education and lifelong learning in Hong Kong through the Hong Kong College of Technology.

Ms Priscilla Lau

Supervisor and Chairman of Management Board, Hong Kong College of Technology

Awarded Honorary Doctorate for her outstanding contribution to the development of transnational education, vocational development and training in Hong Kong, and her extensive contributions to the work of HKCT in collaboration with UCLan.

International College of Engineering and Management, Oman

This is one of UCLan’s longstanding partners, with the collaborative relationship having commenced in 2000 for the delivery of unique undergraduate degree courses in Fire Safety Engineering, Well Engineering, Facilities Management and Health, Safety and Environmental Management.

An annual awards ceremony is held in Muscat in January each year. In January 2016, a new five-year contract was signed with the partner to extend the collaboration.

Chair of University Board, Mr David Taylor with Affan K Al Akhzam, CEO and Director of ICEM, Oman.

Chair of University Board, Mr David Taylor with Affan K Al Akhzam, CEO and Director of ICEM, Oman.

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony for students graduating from programmes in Fire Safety Engineering, Fire Safety Management, Facilities Management, Health, Safety and Environmental Management and Mechanical Engineering (Well Engineering) took place on 14 January 2015. Guest of Honour at the event was His Excellency Hilal bin Mohammed bin Hamod Al Busaidi, Chief Executive Officer of the General Authority of Mining.

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore

Partner Information

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Collaborating with our School of Art, Design and Fashion.

UCLan Courses offered at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Spatial Design

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Sheetal Muralidhara - Best Graduate Award

Sheetal is an exceptional student who has consistently produced outstanding academic results throughout her diploma and degree studies at NAFA. Originality and poetry form the main elements in her design thoughts, and she made no hesitation to pursue her studies in BA (Hons) Spatial Design at NAFA immediately after graduating from her diploma in 3D Design (Environmental Design).

Sheetal is a driven individual who exudes integrity and confidence in her pursuits. She is passionate and possesses extraordinary levels of attitude and intellectual aptitude in her studies. Her ability to comprehend and express abstract ideas goes beyond the expectations of all her academic mentors. Her abilities and strengths in her work is evident and noted by both internal and external examiners during critique sessions and assessment.

Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC), Qatar

UCLan has signed an agreement with the Qatar Civil Defence (QCD), Qatar Ministry of Interior, for the delivery of an Advanced Diploma in Fire Safety Management at Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) in Qatar and the first cohort began the programme in early 2016. UCLan has full responsibility for the academic delivery of the course, whilst QCD provide the facilities, administrative support, student support services, marketing and recruitment. Additional courses and further potential developments are under discussion to utilise the £302 million world-class facility at RLESC, the Middle East’s leading training institution for fire services and emergency responders.

Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China

Partner Information

UCLan has had a longstanding partnership with Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) since 2001 when the first collaborative agreement was signed with Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. In June 2013, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade secured Chinese Ministry of Education approval to become the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.

Throughout the partnership there have been regular staff exchanges, with UCLan staff being permanently based at SUIBE and regular staff exchanges between the two campuses. Over 80 visiting scholars from SUIBE have come to UCLan for professional development purposes and to undertake research and higher qualifications.

Collaboration is with the School of Journalism, Language and Communication.

UCLan Courses offered at Shanghai University of International Business & Economics

  • Dip HE English for International Business (for Society students)
  • Dip HE English for International Business and SUIBE Diploma (for Regular students)
  • BA Hons English for International Business and SUIBE Bachelor degree (for Regular students)

A joint award ceremony is held annually in June at SUIBE, attended by the UCLan Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

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SUIBE Graduate Successes

Roy Wang, progressed to UCLan from the SUIBE joint programme in English for International Business, graduating in 2004. He then went on to complete his Masters in Marketing Management and worked for IBM as a Marketing Communication Officer and is now a business partner of a Business Branding Company.

Jeffery Lu, graduated from UCLan with a Masters in Intercultural Business Communication and returned to Shanghai in 2006. He is now working as Research Manager in Noble Cotton, Asia's largest diversified commodities trading company, having worked in a cotton factory to improve his knowledge of the cotton industry. He is now based in Singapore.

Xiaowei Yang completed his Bachelor degree in International Business Communication in 2007 and continued with Masters study. In 2011 he joined Kintetsu World Express, which is the second largest logistics company in Japan and has since been appointed to Senior Key Account Officer

Jessica Zhao studied at UCLAN in 2008. With her PSW visa, she worked as an Assistant Manager in a TK Maxx London branch. She is now a Senior Sales Executive of Givenchy Shanghai Commercial and Trading Company.

Staff Visit

Lina ZHENG visited from the School of Foreign Languages in September 2013 to January 2014. This is what she had to say about her time spent at UCLan; “We had a good time at UCLan last semester. From the four-month courses, we learned a lot about linguistics, research methods, business and management. The professors were competent and knew their subjects well. We were really very grateful to the professors for their advice in the after-class discussions. The director Paul, Karen from the International Office, and other administrators were always ready to help. Their thoughtfulness gave us great joy, and it was generous of them to show us so much consideration, we appreciated it a lot. Meanwhile, we enjoyed our stay on UCLan campus and learned a lot about the people's life and culture in the U.K. The four months of visiting was short, but it was a precious experience in our life.”

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars from SUIBE come to UCLan every semester for professional development purposes, undertaking research, observing teaching and taking higher qualifications. UCLan welcomes up to four scholars (or secondees) each semester, hosted by the School of Journalism, Language and Communication, with more than 80 secondees benefitting to date from this cultural exchange opportunity.

Honorary Awards

President Sun Haiming was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in June 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration between SUIBE and UCLan.

Wang Guanglin, Dean, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in June 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education, collaboration and exchange on joint programmes between SUIBE and UCLan.

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony for students graduating from the collaborative programme in English for International Business was held on 26 June 2015 at the SUIBE Songjiang Campus.

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Shenzhen University, China

Partner Information

Shenzhen University is a long-established partner. Shenzhen University runs a one year foundation programme called ‘International Business & Finance’ whereby successfully completed students’ progress to a UCLan course at its main campus. Collaboration is with the UCLan School; Lancashire Business School.

Honorary Awards

Prof Zhang Bigong, President, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in June 2007 for his outstanding contribution to the reform, development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration and exchange on joint programmes between Shenzhen University and UCLan.

UCLan Courses offered at Shenzhen University

  • Certificate of Achievement in International Business and Finance

VTC School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), Hong Kong

Partner Information

VTC is the largest training provider in Hong Kong and places significant emphasis on the partnership relationship. UCLan and VTC have been working together for a number of years and offer a wide range of courses. Currently, over 400 students are enrolled on five courses within the three UCLan Schools of Engineering; Art, Design and Fashion and Business.

UCLan Courses offered at VTC School for Higher and Professional Education (Shape)

  • BEng Hons Building Services and Sustainable Engineering
  • BSc Hons Building Surveying
  • BSc Hons Quantity Surveying
  • BSc Hons Architectural Studies
  • BA Hons Advertising and Marketing Communications

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Students graduating from the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying celebrated at the event held for them at the J W Marriot Hotel. 37 students attended to receive their degrees.

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Image: Some of the graduates with staff from both institutions.

UCLan was also delighted to confer an Honorary Doctorate at this event on Mr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Vocational Training Council, for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of industry and business development in Hong Kong and his significant development of education and training, and his contributions to the work of VTC in collaboration with UCLan.  

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Image: Clement Chen with Vice-Chancellor Dr Graham Baldwin, on the occasion of the conferment of his Honorary Doctorate.

Honorary Fellows

Mr Clement Chen
Chairman of VTC


Awarded Honorary Doctorate in October 2013 for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of industry and business development in Hong Kong and his significant development of education and training, and his contributions to the work of VTC in collaboration with UCLan.

Awards Ceremony November 2015

The Awards Ceremony held on 14 November 2015, saw over 250 students graduating from programmes in Fire related disciplines, International Business Communication with Chinese or Japanese and English for International Corporate Communication. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Conrad Hong Kong Hotel, and was well attended by the graduates families and friends.