Thirty Sino-foreign joint institutions had passed the evaluation by the Chinese ministry of education by July 2010
University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNN) is the first independent Sino-foreign University in China with approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is run by The University of Nottingham UK with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group- University. It welcomes more than 160 international students from different countries.
Co-owned campuses in China are growing while at policy level in many countries worldwide, efforts to promote Mandarin study is taking seed. In 2008, a GCSE in Chinese was offered for young students in the UK and this trend continues throughout the world. Sweden’s Progress Party recently stated its intention to teach Mandarin at primary school levels. Admittedly, Jan Bjoerklund, the head of the party stated that this change may take 15 years but the more telling statement was that “Chinese will be much more important from an economic point of view than French or Spanish”.
And it is just over a year since the United States started the ‘100,000 strong initiative’ whereby America sought to improve on the statistic that 10 times more Chinese study in the USA than the other way around. With a push from the likes of the USA to send students to China (even getting will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas involved at an upcoming concert to promote Americans studying in China), an upward trajectory for China’s foreign student intake seems assured.
They regularly invite overseas experts to UIBE to get opinions on how to improve and develop their international infrastructure
Du Pei Yuan, Head of International Recruitment at UIBE, states that they regularly invite overseas experts to UIBE to get opinions on how to improve and develop their international infrastructure. They also work with schools and education agencies around the world to promote their programmes overseas. “China is becoming more and more internationalised in regard to economics, language and culture and this only brings more and more students to China,” he says. “UIBE is trying to learn the key developmental points of international and Chinese universities alike whilst organising good classes for international students to meet their needs.”