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UCLan nominated for major international partnership award

10 February 2015

Chris Theobald

University’s pioneering partnership with Hebei University highlighted

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) pioneering work in China has led to a nomination for one of the prestigious Greater China Awards.

The awards honour any company or organisation in the North West which has made a significant contribution to developing business or relationships with mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong during 2014, including bi-lateral trade or investment and education and community links. UCLan has been shortlisted in the Education Links category.

The University’s entry focused on its ground breaking partnership with Hebei University (HBU), the number one University in Hebei Province, which last year received Ministry of Education approval to establish the HBU-UCLan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries.

"UCLan is delighted to have been nominated for this highly prestigious award. It is recognition of our continued innovative approach to international partnership development which spans over 30 years."

Herbei University

UCLan is one of the first UK universities to gain such approval under the new Ministry of Education policies and the only one in Hebei Province, a region with over 77 million people. In September 2014 the HBU-UCLan School welcomed its first cohort and when at full capacity it will have over 800 students studying undergraduate majors in Film & Media and Art & Design.

Philomena Chen, Head of Asia Pacific Trade, UK Trade and Investment said: “We have had an extremely large number of applicants this year containing a range of particularly interesting projects. The panel has had a difficult task and the competition has been very high.”

Tim Steele, Director of UCLan’s International Office, added: “UCLan is delighted to have been nominated for this highly prestigious award. It is recognition of our continued innovative approach to international partnership development which spans over 30 years. I am looking forward to attending the awards dinner later this month, we’re all hoping for the best.”

The winner, runner-up and third place will be announced on the evening of Friday, 20 February at the Greater China Awards Dinner held at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays.