UWE strengthens links with China

Issue date: 16 June 2005

UWE strengthens links with China

The University of the West of England has further strengthened links with Chinese Universities following a recent visit lead by UWE’s Chancellor, Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.

During the visit Dame Elizabeth held a number of high level discussions with officials of both the Chinese and UK governments who applauded UWE’s strategic and systematic approach to developing genuine and reciprocal partnerships with institutions in China

In Beijing, the Chancellor was received by Vice-Minister for Education, Zhang Xinsheng and during the hour long meeting Dame Elizabeth awarded two postgraduate full tuition-fee scholarships to the Chinese Ministry of Education. Minister Zhang has entrusted the China Scholarship Council with the task of selecting two promising Chinese scholars who intend to study at UWE to benefit from these scholarships. The delegation also visited Beijing Institute of Technology, Peking University and Tsinghua University.

The delegation also visited Wuhan, a city on the Yangtze River in central China with visits to Wuhan University and to Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST); Southern Yangtze University (SYU) in Wuxi, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is twinned with Bristol and a strong relationship is developing with the city through the Municipal Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bristol-China Partnership. Visits were made to three universities, Zhongshan (Sun-Yet Sen) University, Guangzhou University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

On the last stage of the journey the delegation drove through the Pearl River delta to Shenzhen, a newly developed city and Special Economic Zone to visit the offices of the South West Regional Development Agency and then across the border and into Hong Kong. In Hong Kong there were visits to Lingnan University and Hong Kong University.

Dianne Francombe, Director of Admissions and International Recruitment at UWE said, “This visit to China marks the beginning of a new chapter in cultural and educational exchange in UWE’s history. It consolidates and deepens UWE’s relationships with existing partner institutions and government bodies and provides opportunities to work with some new prestigious universities in China.”

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