Chinese students graduate in Bristol fashion

A sense of Bristol will be recreated in Beijing as over 350 Chinese University of Bristol alumni celebrate their graduation

The University, which is one of the most popular in the UK, attracts hundreds of international students every year, including many from China.

New alumni will experience a traditional British ceremony, with a few reminders of Bristol to help them reminisce about their time in the city as they celebrate with friends and family at the China World hotel on Saturday 18th April.

Giant three metre tall photos of landmarks such as the Wills Memorial Building and the Victoria Rooms will provide backdrops for students to pose in front of, and there will even be life-size cut outs of Gromit and Shaun the Sheep statues from their respective public art trails.

The suspension bridge, which has been turned into a striking red and white image created in pixels and a QR code to take people to a special website for the event, will stretch across the stage.

Almost 1,000 people will be part of the event, including the Chancellor of the University, The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond.

Professor Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: “The University is fortunate to have a strong international student body, made up of high-achieving people from many countries. China is one of these and we’re very much looking forward to returning to Beijing and celebrating the success of our recent graduates.

“Our first graduation celebration was held here in 2013 and it was a fantastic occasion. We know our students have fond memories of their time in Bristol so this is a wonderful opportunity to give their friends and family a taste of our beautiful city.”

An honorary degree is being presented to Professor Chunli Bai in recognition of his pioneering contribution to the field of nanoscience in China. He is President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, President of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and has strong links with Bristol Nanoscience – one of the leading centres in the world for nanoscience research.

Professor Bai developed the first tools in China for manipulating single atoms and molecules, using such techniques to study both organic and biological molecules on surfaces.

A further two events are being held in Shanghai and Beijing for hundreds of alumni who have studied at Bristol University.

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