On 27th August 2019, Graham Stuart, Minister for Investment in the Department for International Trade and Joanne Hawley, Consul-General South China and their delegation visited Hunan Normal University in Changsha City, Hunan Province.
The purpose of the visit was to look at the partnership between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Hunan Normal University (HNU). With the approval of the Ministry of Education of P.R China, UCLan welcomed its first cohort students of 80 students on to its BA (Hons) Physical Education with a pathway in football, in September 2018. This is the first Sino-UK programme in this discipline in China, with the students graduating from this programme 4 years later with two degree awards - one from UCLan and one from Hunan Normal University. The programme is delivered in English and the goal is to train future world-leading standard talents for the future physical education and sports industry in China.
Vice-President ZHOU Junwu of Hunan Normal University and his colleagues welcomed the delegation and gave a thorough introduction of the history of the partnership and its current development.
Mr. Graham Stuart highly praised the reputation of the University of Central Lancashire in the UK and also congratulated the institution on the success of the partnership between the two universities, whilst also expressing his willingness to support future development of the partnership from the UK government perspective.
Michael Ge, Director of China Operations for UCLan was also in attendance, giving an introduction to the delegation of UCLan’s 30 years of partnership development in China.