New building brings new era in UK-China relations

31 Mar 2016 11:30:00.000

A “golden era” in UK-China educational collaboration has been heralded at the opening of a new teaching building at The University of Nottingham, Ningbo.

MP Nick Gibb, The Minister of State for Schools, paid a visit to the University’s China campus today (Thursday 31 March 2016) to meet with students and senior staff, including Provost Professor Chris Rudd.

As well as touring the new International Conference Centre the Minister officiated at a naming ceremony for the Lord Dearing building, so named after the former University of Nottingham Chancellor and author of the Dearing report.

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The new teaching building will help to further strengthen education at the university, which hosts 7,000 students studying for British degrees. 

It will also help support professional exchange between China and Nottingham and school leadership courses across China.

Mr Gibb’s visit is part of an ongoing UK project to learn from the China’s world leading teaching of mathematics.

Upon unveiling the new building the Minister said: “Today, we are ushering in a new “Golden Era” for UK-China relations. 

“As the Chancellor, Rt. Hon George Osborne MP has rightly said – the University of Nottingham is a “real trailblazer” in this area. 

“The University, through its campus here in Ningbo, has helped build a bridge between the UK and China - across which collaboration and prosperity have flowed for over a decade. 

“Many people are talking about how the UK might best engage with the One Belt, One Road policy initiative announced last year. Well, here we have a One Bridge that connects the people, talent and ideas located in our two great nations – founded on the global principles of sharing education and knowledge.”

The visit was organised by the British Council along with colleagues at Zhejiang Education Department and Ningbo Education Bureau.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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