13 May 2009 10:59:00.000
Four senior academics have been appointed as Deans at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.
They will help to shape teaching, learning and research at the pioneering campus — the first of its kind to be set up inside China — as it enters its next phase of planned growth and development.
Professor Chris O’Brien and Professor Andrew Marton have been appointed as Deans of the Faculties of Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities respectively. Professor Nick Miles will lead the Faculty of Science and Engineering, while Professor Nabil Gindy will lead the UNNC Graduate School. Both Professor Miles and Professor Gindy are newly-seconded from Nottingham UK.
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All four new deans will report to Professor Roger Woods, Provost and Chief Executive Officer, who took the helm at The University of Nottingham Ningbo in February this year.
Professor Woods said: “All four of the new Deans are outstanding academics in their own right, with many years of experience in higher education and senior management. I’m delighted that they will be playing a key part in The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China as it expands and diversifies in the years to come.”
The new appointments build on the growing success of the University’s award-winning Ningbo campus, which is home to a thriving community of international staff and 3,700 students studying for University of Nottingham degrees in a broad range of subjects.
The University was the first foreign higher education institution in the world to establish a campus inside the People’s Republic, introducing degree programmes taught entirely in English in 2004. All degrees are delivered to the same specification as Nottingham UK degrees, at a campus which is a full and integral part of The University of Nottingham.
The next phase of its growth will see a significant expansion in student numbers, an increase in postgraduate opportunities and ambitious research projects that draw on The University of Nottingham’s established areas of expertise.
Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, said: “The appointment of senior academics from the UK campus to key leadership roles at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China will provide Professor Roger Woods with an experienced senior management team to drive forward our ambitious expansion plans.”
The appointment of four new Deans follows the latest phase of staff recruitment, with 30 new posts being advertised in Nottingham University Business School China, the Divisions of, International Studies, English Studies, Sustainable Development, International Communications and in English for Academic Purposes.
Many Nottingham-based British students now study for part of their degrees at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. The student body is highly accomplished and extremely diverse, with undergraduates from more than 30 countries mixing with their Chinese fellow students and enjoying a rapidly maturing social life on and off campus.
The campus provides an attractive living and working environment and is located close to the centre of Ningbo, a dynamic coastal city in south-eastern China with a population of five million people.
The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China is also helping to foster research and industry links between China and the UK, with the opening of research centres in the fields of global finance, globalisation and sustainable development. CSET, the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, has won two awards for sustainable design in 2009 including an award at MIPIM, the world’s premier property convention held in Cannes.
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The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's ”only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.