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University celebrates partnership with China

Chinese delegation visits Chichester

The University of Chichester has welcomed a delegation of senior Chinese government officials to celebrate its close partnership in education with the People’s Republic of China.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore hosted the visit which marked two years since the University was admitted to an approved list of overseas educational institutions based on its 20-year of experience of training Chinese teachers and school principals.

The delegates, from the Chinese Embassy in London and London Office of the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel, were introduced to Chichester’s 180-year heritage of teacher education, its research-led led curriculum in sport, and its intentions to launch qualifications in social care.

Chichester was the only university in the UK to be admitted onto the State Administration Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) list of approved overseas institutions in 2016. The International Short Programme Unit (ISPU), which specialises in the training and development of teachers, was also formally recognised for the quality of its international teacher-training and educational development.

The ISPU has, for the last 20 years, trained thousands of teachers from more than 16 provinces in China on the Bognor Regis campus. Among the delegates welcomed to Chichester was Madam Wei Lin, Director of Beijing Century Peace International Culture and Education Exchange Center, who has worked in partnership with the University since 2013.

The visit marked two years since the University was admitted to an approved list of overseas educational institutions

As well as meeting Professor Longmore, the guests were introduced to Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Catherine Harper, Professor Dave Cooper from the Business School, as well as Mr Stephen Corcoran from the ISPU, before a guided tour of the campus by Professor Mike Lauder, Director of the Chichester Institute of Sport.

Speaking of Chichester’s history of training Chinese teachers, Professor Longmore said: “Our learning community is based on research and pedagogy of international repute that has inspired the students who have come travelled from across the world to study at Chichester. This ethos has helped our graduates to exceed expectations and thrive in the global economy.”

To find out more about the University of Chichester’s international training, visit www.chi.ac.uk/international. Alternatively read more about SAFEA’s listing of the University as an approved overseas educational institution at www.chi.ac.uk/news/chinese-government-ratifies-high-quality-teacher-training-chichester.

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From the University of Chichester: Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore, Head of Business School Professor Dave Cooper, Director of International Short Programme Unit Stephen Corcoran, Director of the Chichester Institute of Sport Professor Mike Lauder, Regional Manager (China and Far East) Miao Judge.

Visitors: Director Madam Wei Lin and representative Ouling Jiang of the Beijing Century Peace International Culture and Education Exchange Centre, Mr Boshu Liang and Ms Hui Luo of the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel, Commercial Minister Counsellor (Science & Technology) Mr Sunan Jiang and First Secretary Mr Tan Ge, both from Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.