New building brings new era in UK-China relations

A ‘golden era’ heralded at opening of new building at the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus

MP Nick Gibb, The Minister of State for Schools, paid a recent visit to the University’s China campus to meet with students and senior staff, including Provost Professor Chris Rudd. 

As well as touring the new International Conference Centre, the Minister officiated at a naming ceremony for the Lord Dearing building, so named after the former University of Nottingham Chancellor and author of the Dearing report.

The new teaching building will help to further strengthen education at the University, which hosts 7,000 students studying for British degrees.

It will also help support professional exchange between China and Nottingham and school leadership courses across China.

The University of Nottingham is a “real trailblazer” and through its campus here in Ningbo, has helped build a bridge between the UK and China

Mr Gibb’s visit is part of an ongoing UK project to learn from the China’s world leading teaching of mathematics. 

Upon unveiling the new building the Minister said: “Today, we are ushering in a new “Golden Era” for UK-China relations.

“As the Chancellor, Rt. Hon George Osborne MP has rightly said, the University of Nottingham is a “real trailblazer” in this area.

“The University, through its campus here in Ningbo, has helped build a bridge between the UK and China – across which collaboration and prosperity have flowed for over a decade.

“Many people are talking about how the UK might best engage with the One Belt, One Road policy initiative announced last year. Well, here we have a One Bridge that connects the people, talent and ideas located in our two great nations – founded on the global principles of sharing education and knowledge.”

The visit was organised by the British Council along with colleagues at Zhejiang Education Department and Ningbo Education Bureau. 

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