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UCLan a finalist in Trade and Investment Greater China Awards

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) pioneering work in China has been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony. 

The Preston based institution was named as a finalist in the educational links category of the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Greater China Awards.

UCLan’s entry focused on its successful UK outward mobility scheme ‘Journey to the East’ between Lancashire Business School and key partners in Beijing, Shanghai, and Fuzhou. Successful students are given the opportunity to travel to one of the partners to liaise with Chinese students on different cultural sessions to enhance their skills and learn more about business in China. At the end of the week long scheme, the students must prepare a presentation and showcase how they have worked together as a team and overcome any challenges they may have faced.

Tim Steele, Director of UCLan’s International Partnership team, said: “UCLan is delighted to have been a finalist for this highly prestigious award. It is recognition of our continued innovative approach to international partnership development within China over the last 30 years and our continued commitment to providing our home students with an international experience.”

The UKTI awards, which took place recently in Manchester, 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 2015, including bi-lateral trade or investment and education and community links.

It is recognition of our continued innovative approach to international partnership development within China over the last 30 years and our continued commitment to providing our home students with an international experience

Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director of UK Trade and Investment North West, 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.”

Rachel Atkinson | 02 March 2016