GCU welcomes students from three Chinese Universities

20 August 2014

GCU welcomes students from three Chinese Universities

From TV scripting to lessons in Scottish culture and language, these are just some of the highlights planned for students from three Chinese universities visiting Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

37 students are taking part in an international exchange programme from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, the University of Jinan (UJN) and Binzhou Medical University (BMU). The exchange programme saw 12 students from GCU travel to UJN as ambassadors in July.

The year’s cohort of students were welcomed on campus on Sunday and will take part in a two-week programme of classes and cultural activities, which will showcase the depth and breadth of programmes available at the Glasgow School for Business and Society. They will visit many of the city’s landmarks and some of the country’s beauty spots including Stirling Castle, Edinburgh and the Trossachs.

Jenny Lee, an International Business student from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, is visiting Glasgow for the first time. She said: “I love the city, the architecture and the idea that people make Glasgow. Our schools have a friendship and this is the first time students from our university have made the trip. It’s a great chance to experience new things.”

Psychology student Chenxing Tu, from Binzhou Medical University, sees the trip as an opportunity to improve his English and try different things. The chance to experience new courses was also echoed by International Business student Yingjun Tan. She said: “I’m hoping to work in the finance sector but coming here allows me to see other programmes such as the fashion business courses and journalism, which I wouldn’t have considered before.”

Tommy Gui Fang Zhe, from the University of Jinan, which is a university that has been involved in the student exchange programme since 2008, is an Information Technology student with a passion for photography. He said: “The lecturers have been very kind and knowledgeable and I think I’ll get a lot out of it.”

Vice-Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society Professor John Lennon said: “The exchange programme is an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and practices. A number of our students visited China earlier in the year and had a fascinating cultural experience and we hope our visiting students will gain as much for their experience.”