11 Nov 2010 13:00:00.000
Shanghai’s government has invited The University of Nottingham to establish a Sino-foreign campus in the city to complement its flourishing university in Ningbo, which is about 140 miles away in China’s prosperous Zhejiang province.
A possible location has been identified, and funding offered, for constructing the proposed campus in the southern part of Shanghai, the University can confirm.
Discussions between the University and other parties, including the government, are at an advanced stage, but the deal has not been finalised.
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The Shanghai university campus is still subject to approval by the University’s Senate and Council and the relevant authorities in China and the UK. These processes will run in parallel.
Professor Nick Miles, Provost and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, said: “We are honoured that the Government of Shanghai has identified our University as a potential partner for a new campus development in Shanghai.
“The success of The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China has made such an invitation possible.”
Professor Miles emphasised that any development in Shanghai would complement The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He said: “This proposed university in Shanghai will build on The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China’s strengths. It will not compete with it in any way.
“In particular, a Shanghai university campus would allow us to develop critical mass in new subject areas with a strong focus on science and technology and would provide an opportunity for further expansion.”
The University of Nottingham is a pioneer in international education. It has about 39,000 students across its three award-winning international campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China.
The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China opened its doors six years ago and has already grown its student population to almost 5,000.
Professor Miles said that The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China is targeting a maximum of 8,000 students. Student numbers have increased exponentially in China and are expected to continue to do so as China’s economy continues to develop at an almost double-digit rate.
The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China has three faculties: social sciences, which includes a top-ranked business school; arts and humanities; and science and engineering.
The University’s Ningbo campus will continue to grow in certain areas, in particular engineering. However, it does not have capacity to broaden its subject offering to fully harness The University of Nottingham’s extensive science and technology expertise in the UK, said Professor Miles.
“We are not looking to duplicate The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China campus in Shanghai. We are aiming to attract a different set of students who want international qualifications in subjects we do not yet provide,” said Professor Miles.
He cited life sciences, in particular biomedical life sciences, as a prime example of the type of programme the Shanghai campus would have that would be distinct from the courses available at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.
Professor Miles said that The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China would continue with its plans to further develop its offering in Ningbo and maintain the high standards of teaching and research.
“Every university goes through a process of continuous improvement. We have a strategic, very long-term plan for The University of Nottingham Ningbo. We value enormously what we have developed here and are committed to ensuring our teaching and research outputs keep getting better,” he said.
The University of Nottingham’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Science, and Professor of Marketing, Professor Christine Ennew, said the University regularly receives requests to set up other campuses outside the UK.
“It is fair to say that our University has been very successful with the development of our campuses outside the UK. We get regular requests to set up new campuses. Usually we say ‘no’,” said Professor Ennew.
“The Shanghai government’s offer seemed to be a very attractive offer for several reasons. Ningbo is close to Shanghai, China is very important in terms of its requirements for quality education and The University of Nottingham has a relationship with China,” she said.
Professor Ennew said the University is still in discussion with prospective partners in Shanghai.
“We have undertaken a feasibility study which has been very positive and we will be moving forward with further discussions internally at future meetings of Senate and University Council,” she said.
Professor Ennew said The University of Nottingham “remains firmly committed” to The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, to the city of Ningbo and its partners, Zhejiang’s Wanli Education Group.
“Any development in Shanghai must be complementary to The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China and the prospective partners fully understand and welcome this position,” she said.
“There is a genuine belief that two campuses with different research and teaching orientations but sharing the core values of The University of Nottingham could make a major contribution to higher education in Ningbo, in Zhejiang and in Shanghai,” she added.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university”, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.
The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.
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