GCU celebrates Caledonian College partnership with China

19 March 2010

GCU celebrates Caledonian College partnership with China

Caledonian College will deliver jointly designed programmes.

GLASGOW Caledonian University’s relationship with the University of Jinan in China has been further developed with the establishment of a unique partnership college.

Caledonian College link up with the University of Jinan will allow students in China to enrol on jointly designed programmes which prepare them to complete their third and fourth year of studies in Glasgow, if they wish.

Professor Cai Xianjin, Vice-President of UJN, and Professor Chen Yuehui, the university's Director of Academic Affairs, recently spent time in Glasgow in a bid to enhance their knowledge of Scottish Higher Education.

Over the past month, they have met with staff and students in several GCU schools and attended several lectures and seminars.

Around 200 students are currently studying undergraduate courses in Jinan in Environmental Civil Engineering and Finance, Investment and Risk. An application to the Ministry of Education to start two new programmes in Mechanical-Electronic Engineering and Computing, to provide joint degree offerings, articulation pathways, and student and staff exchanges will be made later this year.   

Last summer a successful cultural exchange visit between the two universities took place, with GCU students visiting Jinan. This will be repeated in 2010, with Jinan students coming to GCU.

Professor Mike Mannion, Pro Vice-Chancellor International at Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “Both universities see the benefits of a strategic international partnership in developing graduates to be global citizens. These collaborative programmes will drive research, student and staff collaborations, exchanges and a deeper cultural understanding between the two universities and the two countries.”