New Chinese Ambassador visits The University of Nottingham

28 Jun 2010 12:53:00.000
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The Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom visited The University of Nottingham on Monday, June 28th.

His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming met staff and students and heard about the University’s latest research on energy and sustainability, during a visit that reflects the University’s strong links with China.

The University became the first foreign higher education institution in the world to open its doors in the People’s Republic when The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China accepted its first students in 2004. 
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The Ambassador and his delegation were greeted by Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, before a tour of University Park and Jubilee Campus, and a visit to the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies and the University’s Confucius Institute.

Staff and students gathered in the Sir Colin Campbell Building at 7pm to hear a speech by His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming, on the subject of ‘China’s Role in the World Economy’.

His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming said: "I am delighted to be on my first visit to the City of Nottingham and your picturesque university, which lives up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. Apart from its intellectual excellence, the University of Nottingham is also famous in China for its close ties and cooperation with my country.

"I am happy to see that the new British government is committed to closer engagement with China. President Hu and Prime Minister Cameron had a good meeting in Toronto the day before yesterday, coming to agreement on a number of important issues, which is crucial to continued development of our relations.

"As Charles Dickens wrote in Great Expectations, "I find the truth to be that an opening won't come to one, but one must go to it". Let us work together, find the openings, seize the opportunities and move forward our business cooperation, bilateral relations and friendship."

Professor Greenaway said: “We are delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming and his distinguished delegation to Tthe University of Nottingham.

“We have developed strong ties with China and its people over many years, and today we have more than 1,500 Chinese students studying in Nottingham as well as more than 4,000 studying at Tthe University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. We look forward to building on these links and continuing to strengthen our relationship in the years to come.”

His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming joined the Chinese Foreign Service in 1974 and his diplomatic career has included postings in Zambia, the USA, Egypt, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He took up the post of Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom in February 2010.

His visit comes after the signing in May of an agreement between the University and the Chinese Embassy in London, which has opened up new opportunities for students keen to experience life in China. Under this memorandum of understanding, the Chinese Embassy will provide a number of scholarships annually to University of Nottingham students and graduates to study in China.

Internationalisation is a key element of The University of Nottingham’s strategy: it was the first foreign university in the world to establish a campus in mainland China, introducing degree programmes taught entirely in English in 2004, having been the first UK University to open a campus in Asia in 2000 when The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus was opened.

All degrees are delivered in English, to the same specification as Nottingham UK degrees, and all module assessment is standardised across The University of Nottingham’s campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China.

The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China now has a thriving community of international staff and 4,360 students. Numbers of students are set to rise to more than 5,000 by September 2010.


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Notes to editors: 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 the Times Higher Education-QS 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

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More information is available from Professor Shujie Yao, Head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 8466179, Shujie.yao@nottingham.ac.u
Tim Utton

Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications

Email: tim.utton@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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