Chinese Migration Studies

Global Universities in Local Communities: A pilot study of global citizenship, local engagement and student development in Ningbo and Nottingham


The aim of this project is to explore links between globalised universities and local communities in general, and the role of local engagement in developing Chinese students and the local Chinese community. Two field studies have been undertaken in two University of Nottingham campuses, Ningbo and Nottingham respectively, with different focuses and research methodology. In Ningbo, the study is focused on the roles of student voluntary organisations in designing and delivering local engagement projects. In Nottingham, attention was focused on the social life of Chinese students on and off-campus and their engagement with the local Chinese community.

Research Team

Dr Bin Wu, Dr Zhen Li, Professor Bernadette Robinson, Professor John Holford, Ms Sharon Clancy

Time Scheme

March 2013 to March 2014

Funding Sources

Integrating Global Society Priority Group (IGS) Seed Fund, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies and School of Education; ESRC Festival of Social Science.


  • A survey report: Nottingham Chinese Community in Transition: A survey of community cohesion, integration and university engagement, Bin Wu, October 2013, Centre for Chinese Migration Studies, University of Nottingham
  • ESRC Festival of Social Science Workshop: Global Universities in Local Communities: A focus on Chinese Communities in the UK, 6 November 2013, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham
  • Two peer reviewed journal articles in preparation
  • Seminars and invited speeches in Oxford (Campus), Lancaster, Singapore
  • Preparation of research proposals 



School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

The University of Nottingham
Si Yuan Centre, Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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