Two University of Cumbria academics visit university in China as part of blossoming partnership

Two University of Cumbria academics visit university in China as part of blossoming partnership name

Barry Lees (Lecturer in Criminology and Policing) and Katie Banks (International Coordinator), are going to spend a week teaching business school students at Dalian Nationalities University in the north-east of China on topics ranging from British culture, how to succeed in higher education in the UK, public speaking, employability and academic skills.

For Barry, well-travelled and used to exploring other cultures, this will be his first visit to China and he is understandably excited. ‘I anticipate that it will be like nowhere I have visited before’, he said. On his list of lecture subjects, are: the British sporting year, for example, the Grand National in April, the Six Nations in January; lifelong learning and sustainability in education, which includes how to maintain your skills post university and why graduates are more employable.

Katie, however, has visited another institution in China on a previous occasion and had this to say about her second trip, ‘I am really looking forward to the upcoming visit to China. I lived in China for five months in 2013 and worked as an English teacher. I am looking forward to going to a different part of China, finding out more about studying in higher education in China and how it compares to HE in the UK.  I am also keen to get an insight into their perspective on higher education in Britain and British culture in general.  I think now more than ever it is really important that we realise that we can learn so much from other people and cultures’.

This brief, but busy, week will continue to focus on sharing knowledge about university life and expectations in both countries and cultures.  It is the direct result of an invitation made by Dalian Nationalities University during a visit there by Professor Diane Cox and Professor Frank Peck in late September 2016, when they attended a conference called One Belt, One Road, which in turn is just one part of the activities related to the ongoing collaboration between the University of Cumbria and Dalian University, fostered by Dr Raye Ng several years ago and, which, year on year, has seen the relationship deepen and become institutionally embedded.

In 2014, four senior academics from Dalian University spent three invaluable months in the University of Cumbria. In September 2015 MSc graduate Philip Bremen experienced a four-week stint before taking up a position in Germany.

For further information on this ongoing cultural exchange programme contact Dr Raye Ng, Principal Lecturer, University of Cumbria Business School, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD, UK 


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