University of Nottingham Ningbo, China announces new academic opportunities

24 Mar 2009 14:04:00.000

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Talented academics are being sought to take part in a pioneering development in international higher education — at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.


The University is looking to recruit up to 30 new staff to build on the growing success of its award-winning Ningbo campus, which is home to a thriving community of international staff and 3,800 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.

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Internationalisation is a key element of the University’s strategy for the 21st century. Its international campuses — it also has a campus in Malaysia — present a unique opportunity for academic staff to teach and research in a genuinely global environment.

In its next round of staff appointments at Ningbo, posts are being advertised in the Divisions of International Business — including finance, economics, accounting, marketing, organisational behaviour, human resource management and corporate governance — International Studies, English Studies, Sustainable Development, International Communications and in English language teaching.

Details of all the vacancies are available at:

Professor Roger Woods, Provost and Chief Executive Officer at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, said: “Our experience in Ningbo shows that the idea behind the University was just right — to bring the Nottingham model of teaching and research to China and to match it to China’s particular needs.”

The campus provides an attractive living and working environment and is located close to the centre of Ningbo, a dynamic coastal city with a population of five million people. With the 2008 opening of the Hangzhou Bay Bridge — at 22 miles the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world — Shanghai is less than three hours away by road.

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 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 just won two awards for sustainable design including an award at MIPIM, the world’s premier property convention held in Cannes.

In recent years The University of Nottingham’s internationalisation efforts have been recognised with a number of prestigious awards including: the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade; Outward Investor of the Year by the country's foremost China-Britain trade association, and in the USA it collected an International Business Award (2006) for Best New Product or Service for its China campus. The University was also named ‘University of the Year’ 2006 by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

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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 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 ( 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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