Issue date: 02 May 2014
Links between Bristol and its Chinese Sister city of Guangzhou have just become even stronger with the opening of a new office dedicated to representing UWE Bristol in southern China.
Senior staff from UWE's admissions and international development department signed the agreement during a visit in April. The office will initially have two representatives who will be on the spot to promote the University as a source of higher education and of partnerships.
David Caine, Director of UWE's International Office said, “China is a big market for us both in terms of student recruitment and partnerships. The main function of the office will be to support these activities in south China.
“Staff will attend education fairs, liaise with partner institutions and agents, and interview students who are interested in coming to UWE. They will also carry out pre-departure briefings for students. They are planning to visit UWE in early May for an international agents' conference where they will be able to meet their counterparts from other parts of the world.”
The new resource complements the existing UWE office in Shenyang which provides similar support for northern China.
David continued, “Guangzhou is partnered with Bristol and there are already lots of activities between the two cities. It is a booming city and is a significant education hub. It's been some time since I was there last and I enjoyed the visit very much.”
The delegation from Bristol was welcomed by Vice Mayor Lim long, members of the Guangzhou University Town Board, and of the Guangzhou International Innovation Development and Construction Headquarters as well as Zen QingChun, Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Guangzhou municipal Government. The visitors from Bristol included Dianne Francombe, Chief Executive Officer of the Bristol China Partnership (BCP) and West of England China Bureau (WECB), who said, ”This is a momentous occasion and will further cement the strong relationship between Bristol and Guangzhou. Having a permanent presence in Guangzhou will raise the profile of the innovative and creative city of Bristol as well as UWE. I am delighted that the BCP & WECB have been able to help in facilitating this contract with a significant Government Bureau in Guangzhou.”