The China Centre at the University of Chester has launched its first summer school on the theme of culture and the creative economy.
Visitors from Suzhou University, Hangzhou Science and Technology University and South Normal University arrived at the end of July for a one-month programme.
Attendees consist of undergraduate and postgraduate students, accompanied by academic staff.
The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary summer school has received full support and collaboration from an extensive range of participants, both within the university and the wider Chester community.
The faculties involved are humanities, science and engineering, social science, education and children’s services, arts and media and business and, finally, enterprise and lifelong learning.
Each day, the Chinese visitors take themed lectures, and discuss educational and cultural differences between the UK and China.
Organised field trips involve the wider Chester community including Chester Cathedral, The Mill Hotel, Chester Races, Chester Zoo, Chester Performs as well as independent art businesses Book on the Wall, Northgate Studio and the Little Chester Theatre.
Initiated by vice chancellor Professor Tim Wheeler, the China Centre was set up in January 2015 as a research and community outreach entity and it will deliver postgraduate and PhD programmes.
From October, Chester residents will be able to attend academic seminars as well as Confucius Institute language and cultural classes from Gateway House in the city centre.
Professor Wheeler said: “I am delighted at the progress that has been made in such a short time. Today’s students will be working in a global environment where an understanding of international markets such as China is essential.
“Knowledge of Chinese history, language, culture, politics and economics will help to contribute to a peaceful and harmonious world of shared prosperity. The 21st Century will be China’s century!”