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Tuesday 19 August 2014

FCI Team visit China to support relationships

As part of Southampton Solent University’s commitment to fostering strong links with higher education institutions across the globe, staff from the Faculty of the Creative Industries (FCI) recently visited China to support existing relationships, meet students and explore avenues for further engagement with Chinese higher education institutions.

Led by Deputy Dean Tim Gaskin, the Solent group kicked off their trip with a visit to Shandong Province, starting with Qilu University of Technology.

Southampton Solent University has a staff exchange and student collaboration agreement in place with Qilu, encouraging the two institutions to share ideas and talent in creative fields such as visual communications and graphic design.

During the visit, Solent staff gave a brief presentation to Qilu University students who were interested in learning about undergraduate life in Southampton.

Alice and Tim with staff from Qilu University

At their next engagement, a trip to the Zhejiang Fashion Institute of Technology, Solent’s ambassadors were treated to a tour of the campus and a discussion on Zhejiang Fashion Institute’s links with local businesses – a fantastic opportunity to learn about potential international employment opportunities for fashion students back home.

Leaving Shandong province, the Solent group made their way to the heart of China’s powerhouse economy, Shanghai. This was a good chance to catch up with the team at Solent’s International Recruitment Office, learn more about current trends in Chinese higher education and strengthen connections with Solent’s many higher education partners in the city.

During one such meeting with staff at the Shanghai Institute of Technology, plans for another art and design summer school this year in Southampton were finalised. These essential events give international students a chance to get a taste for life in the UK, and Solent’s staff are delighted to be hosting them for another summer in sunny Southampton.

Tim Gaskin finalises plans for a summer school with Wang Ying from the Shanghai Institute of Technology

Visiting the China Academy of Art (also known as the Shanghai Institute of Design) later in the day, Solent’s ambassadors discussed the possibility of a Sino-British Centre for Fashion, Design and Communication where students and lecturers can collaborate on exhibitions of creative work, joint research projects and programmes to foster engagement between creative Chinese and British students.

Staff and students in the Faculty of Creative Industries look forward to seeing where these opportunities lead, and are particularly excited to continue working closely with their Chinese counterparts on developing both undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities.