A DELEGATION from a Chinese university has signed a contract to secure links with the University of Chester as part of a visit to strengthen ties with the city.
Representatives from Jianqiao College, Shanghai came to Chester at the invitation of the university to explore how the organisations can work together and promote links between Shanghai and the city of Chester.
They met the university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler, to sign a contract giving students at Jianqiao College studying undergraduate business programmes the opportunity to finish their courses in Chester.
After completing a two-year course in English Language and Business in Shanghai, the Chinese students would then spend two years in the UK and graduate with a University of Chester degree.
The Chinese delegation was given a tour of the city, including the university’s new Riverside campus, and also visited the offices of Chester West and Chester Council to meet chief executive Steve Robinson and leader Cllr Mike Jones to discuss the economic benefits for the cities to work together.
Attractions for Chinese students coming to Chester would be taking part in high quality courses in a well established higher education institution; the university’s five star rated student support services; good employment prospects and studying in a leading historic city.
The university also offers the opportunity for work experience with leading UK and multi-national businesses in the Chester area.
The delegation’s visit follows meetings with senior members of university staff in Shanghai. It is hoped there will be further opportunities for staff and student exchanges as the relationship develops.