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Chinese Embassy visits UCLan

22 November 2012

Lyndsey Boardman

Minister Counsellor for Education Mr Shen Yang discovers University's international ventures

The Minister Counsellor for Education of the Chinese Embassy has visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to meet key staff at the University to talk about UCLan's collaborative work in China and its long-term international agenda.

Minister Counsellor Mr Shen Yang was accompanied by colleagues from the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in London, and during his visit, gave a presentation to UCLan staff and students on China's Higher Education, highlighting the tremendous growth in higher education that has taken place since 1995.

Going forward, the Minister talked about the opportunity for student exchange for both Chinese and UK students, research collaborations and teaching collaborations.

“I am deeply impressed with UCLan and the international dimensions it has incorporated into its teaching and research”

The Chinese delegation, accompanied by the Chairman of the University Board, Brian Harris and UCLan Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Graham Baldwin, also met with staff from UCLan’s Lancashire Business School, the School of Languages and International Studies, the School of Journalism and Digital Communication and the School of Art, Design and Performance for an overview of their international activities.  

Areas highlighted included the internationally recognised Media Innovation Studio that has conducted extensive research into digital media and its impact on society, the Interactive Newsprint project to produce the world’s-first internet enabled newspaper and examples of student work with global companies such as Samsung and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Minister Counsellor Mr Shen Yang commented: “I am deeply impressed with UCLan and the international dimensions it has incorporated into its teaching and research.”

“Minister Counsellor Mr Shen Yang said he was impressed with the scope of UCLan’s international research and collaborations”

The delegates also visited UCLan’s Confucius Institute to learn about the University’s close links with local schools and colleges to provide Chinese language and culture taster days.

Feixia Yu, Director of UCLan’s Confucius Institute, said: “We are pleased to welcome Minister Counsellor Mr Shen Yang and his colleagues to the University and have found his advice and support very valuable.   Minister Counsellor Mr Shen Yang said he was impressed with the scope of UCLan’s international research and collaborations as well as the integration of Chinese students into the University and Preston communities.”

Pic caption: UCLan Chinese student Alecia Ede, Director of the Confucius Institute Feixia Yu, John Quirk Director of International Affairs, Brian Harris Chair of University Board, Minister Counsellor Mr Shen Yang,  Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Graham Baldwin, Ben Chapman International Special Adviser, Fu Hengsheng from the Chinese Embassy, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute Gang Sui and UCLan Chinese student Mike Robinson.