Senior members of staff from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) joined dignitaries from across the North West in welcoming the new Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China to the UK.
UCLan Group Chief Executive Richard Hext and Professor Robin Pollard, UCLan Group Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), were among distinguished guests at the event held in honour of Li Yongsheng and his wife Gong Lina.
They were invited to the welcoming reception, held at Mauldeth Hall in Heaton Moor, by the Chinese Consulate General in Manchester. The UCLan representatives also spent time discussing higher education with Ying Wang, Educational Consul at Manchester’s Chinese Consulate.
The University has been a long-time supporter of building educational and cultural links between UCLan and Chinese institutions. This is highlighted by a growing aspect of the University’s new international strategy to utilise its experience in the delivery of transnational education by establishing a small number of ‘super franchise’ collaborative partnerships specialising in particular areas within the course portfolio.
"The University joined together with its partner Hebei University (HBU), to create the ‘Hebei/UCLan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries."
Earlier this year, following receipt of Chinese Ministry of Education approval, the University joined together with its partner Hebei University (HBU), to create the ‘Hebei/UCLan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries’.
HBU is located in Baoding, 36 minutes by the new fast train from Beijing. The city is becoming a commuter base for Beijing and is in a province with a total population of over 77 million people. HBU is the top institution of over 100 in the province.
The courses on offer to 800 students, recruiting 200 per year for the four-year duration of the programmes, are initially from UCLan’s School of Art, Design and Performance and the School of Journalism and Media.
Students, who started programmes in September, have the option to complete their whole degree in China although it is anticipated that a significant majority will travel to UCLan UK for some or part of their studies. They are based in a building specifically allocated for the new School on HBU’s new campus. As part of UCLan’s contribution to the partnership, the University is helping to develop dedicated facilities such as student learning zones and associated computer and library facilities, equivalent to the specification of the central UCLan campus in Preston.
UCLan’s strong links with China also extend to organising and hosting international symposiums in the country. The UCLan China-UK Science and Innovation Symposium and Exhibition 2014 is taking place at Shenzhen Virtual University Park next week, on 1 and 2 December. It involves a whole host of UCLan academics discussing areas of significant research. Find out more about the Symposium here