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Friday 6 November 2015

Chinese universities visit Solent

A delegation of 23 presidents and vice-presidents from Chinese universities found out more about the way UK universities work during a recent visit to Southampton Solent University.

Arranged through the National Academy of Education Administrators in China, the delegates attended a development programme designed for university leaders by Solent University.  During a packed five-day programme, the group met with university staff who shared their knowledge and expertise within the fields of quality assurance; industry links; business and growth and the importance of the internationalisation of higher education and global citizenship.

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The delegation was also keen to learn more about the benefits of close-working with local government, business and other external organisations and they discovered how the University enhances student employability and encourages and supports entrepreneurial activity.

For the second year, Solent has been named as one of the UK’s top 20 universities for graduate start-ups and the visitors got to hear how Solent encourages, supports and funds its entrepreneurial students.

To celebrate the completion of the Development Programme, each delegate was presented with a certificate by the Mayor of Southampton, Cllr. Linda Norris, and Southampton Solent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin.

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Thanking the Mayor for the city’s hospitality, Professor Baldwin said: “The University has for many years had a very strong relationship with Southampton City Council and we see ourselves very much as a University for the city. It is therefore appropriate that the delegation receive their certificates from the Mayor to demonstrate the relationship between the city and the University.”

After the ceremony, Solent signed an international exchange agreement with Weinan Normal University. Professor Graham Baldwin told those assembled: “This is a rich time for Anglo-China relations and a rich time for developing relationships between Southampton, Southampton Solent University and Chinese institutions.

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He continued: “Our university has students from over a 100 countries and exposure to people from different cultures and backgrounds is so important for our students and indeed for the city’s citizens. I believe that it gives us a richer set of connections with the world around us. It leads to greater understanding, greater tolerance, and greater interaction.”