Ulster Uni expands 15 year Chinese strategic partnership

The Northern Irish institution has announced an expansion of its strategic partnership with one of China's top tier universities

A new agreement between Ulster University and Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) will facilitate collaborative research activity in business, as well as foster increased staff exchange between the institutions. Additionally, there will be new opportunities in the area of joint course development, with students from Ulster University Business School able to study in China.

DUFE’s Finance and Accounting courses are ranked in the top 10 in China, a country with almost 3,000 universities. The university is based in the city of Dalian in Liaoning province, near the Korea peninsula. The city is a major financial, shipping and logistics centre for north-eastern Asia.

The move builds upon an existing 15-year partnership, which by July will have enabled more than 200 Chinese students to complete part of their degree in Northern Ireland. This coincides with Derry City and Strabane District Council’s signing of a Co-operative City Agreement with Dalian – a visit supported by Ulster’s Confucius Institute.

The announcement was made during a visit to the country by the largest delegation of academics the University has ever sent to China, with four faculties and 17 academic staff undertaking eight city visits to strategically develop new and existing partnerships.

Professor Ian Montgomery, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Global Engagement at Ulster University, said: “Our partnership with DUFE is the university’s longest-standing and most successful Chinese partnership. Over a third of the DUFE students who study at Ulster University secure First Class Honours and, as a result, our alumni are well represented in blue chip financial firms.

“These networks and relationships are enormously beneficial for Ulster University and also help to raise awareness of Northern Ireland in the Chinese market. With representation from each of the four faculties, this strategic mission to China confirms Ulster University’s deep and longstanding relationship with China and also our position as a global university.”