Nottingham wins international trade award for transformation into a 'global player'

Midlands Insider 
15 Oct 2014 16:49:15.133

The University of Nottingham has won a prestigious International Trade award in recognition of the contribution it is making to UK exports and building international links.

The University won the ‘Education Award’ at the Insider International Trade Awards held in Birmingham, for demonstrating ‘a clear strategy, international sales, and how a regional centre of education can be transformed into a global player’

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First overseas campus in China
Nottingham established an overseas campus in Malaysia in 2000 and became the first western university to set up a campus in China, in Ningbo in 2004. The University now has close to 10,000 students in total on these two overseas campuses.

The University of Nottingham also has more than 9,000 international students in the UK from more than 150 countries. 37% of the University’s research income is obtained internationally and over 25% of the institute’s academic staff are non-UK nationals.

Nottingham has developed very strong links with businesses and government in China and Malaysia, which has led to a number of significant research projects. In Malaysia, the University is co-hosting a $45m Crops for the Future Research Centre in partnership with the government of Malaysia. 

Extensive business partnerships
In China, The University of Nottingham has established extensive partnerships. Through its Asia Business Centre, Nottingham has built relationships with some of China’s biggest companies, including aerospace giant, AVIC, railway company, China South Rolling Stock, the China Resources Pharmaceutical Group and car manufacturers FAW and Changan. In addition, the University has also enabled local SMEs to build links with China.

The University of Nottingham has recently embarked upon two of its most ambitious projects in China. Earlier this year it opened its new Guangdong-Nottingham Advanced Finance Institute, which will train senior managers from industry, commerce, financial institutes and government organisations, who based in and around the southern Chinese financial centres of Guangzou and Foshan.

In another development at their campus in Ningbo, the University is helping to boost China’s marine economy by signing a £25m agreement to create an International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET). The IAMET is a purpose built state of the art facility which will foster collaborations with industry, and draw on the input of independent world-leading academic and industrial experts.

Most employable students
Speaking about the award, Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement at The University of Nottingham, said: “We are delighted to have received this award. In addition to the ongoing growth of our international student numbers across our China, Malaysia and UK campuses, we have also worked hard over the years to build contacts with industry and local and national governments in Asia.

“Because of the international experience that our students receive, they are amongst the most employable in the UK and, through the links we continue to make, particularly in China and Malaysia, we are opening up exciting new opportunities for midlands companies to do business with Asia.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, in the top 10 for student experience according to the Times Higher Education and one of the world’s greenest universities. It is ranked in the World’s Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

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