University of Leicester announces international campus

Posted by pt91 at Apr 10, 2017 12:37 PM |
Leicester is partnering with one of the strongest Universities in China to offer a wide portfolio of STEM subjects

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office

  • Leicester aims to create global citizens- graduates with international qualifications and experience ready to contribute to international business and industry
  • Over 10% of Leicester’s undergraduate population will study in China
  • Students will emerge with two degree awards - from Dalian in China and Leicester in the UK
  • The collaboration will deliver world-class research discoveries

Images of the Leicester International Institute, Dalian University of Technology as well as images from the launch, are available to download at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ef8fdeyk2w61r5f/AADn7NvMx2opqwcQxEr9v7bda?dl=0

The University of Leicester’s foreign campus in China is set to open in September and will offer dual degrees for UK students spending one year in China as well as for Chinese students studying in Dalian.

The Chinese Ministry of Education has announced its approval for the ‘Leicester International Institute, Dalian University of Technology’ to be established on the Panjin campus of Dalian University of Technology. Students will study for dual degrees in Maths, Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering from University of Leicester and Dalian University of Technology.

Dalian University of Technology is ranked among the ‘Ivy League’ of Chinese universities, being included in both of the Chinese government’s prestigious ‘211’ and ‘985’ rankings of elite institutions.

The joint institute will provide students with the scholarship and skills to equip them for lifetime careers as leaders in industry and academia.

‘Leicester International Institute, Dalian University of Technology’ will be housed in a brand new campus with state-of-the-art labs and facilities.

The Chinese students will have the opportunity to take part of their degree in Leicester, and UK students in Leicester will have the chance to have a year or more of their degree in China.

Recruitment is underway for a September 2017 launch, and as the number of students builds over the next few years, over 10% of Leicester’s undergraduates will be educated in Dalian.

The new campus is part of the international ambition of Leicester’s President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle: “Leicester and Dalian have chosen to work together because of our shared global standing, and our belief in research and learning excellence. As world-class research-intensive universities we will build collaborative research groups that will underpin exciting new discoveries.

“Our students will have an opportunity to gain dual degrees from two leading universities. Leicester is committed to international excellence and making an impact on the global stage. We aim to ensure that our students – wherever they are – benefit from a truly internationalised approach to their learning.”

Welcoming the new alliance, President Guo from Dalian University of Technology, said: “This initiative will succeed because we will only recruit the very brightest students.  We chose to work with Leicester because of their research reputation – our partnership will be strong because it is based on powerful research collaboration.”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, Professor Sarah Dixon, said: “We are at the vanguard of institutions looking for collaboration beyond Europe which will be key to our future success. We no longer think of a Leicester education necessarily being taught in the UK. Our brand is strong overseas and we expect to extend our footprint further in the coming years. In addition, we want more and more of our UK students to become more internationalised by spending at least part of their education overseas.”

For Head of College Professor Paul Monks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science and Engineering, the new campus represents a major investment in STEM subjects empowering future generations with a technological education: “What we have on offer are robust programmes with a top-notch Chinese university. For UK students, there is a real incentive to get an international education in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. China is a white-cauldron of science and innovation and DUT is right at the forefront of that.”

For Ian Jarvis, the International Director in the College, this partnership with China is a culmination of many years of collaborative working with highly ranked universities in China: “This institutional relationship with DUT builds on the research relationships forged by our academics.  This multi-million pound investment is a great example of building on existing excellence.”

Professor Boyle visited Dalian to formally launch the partnership, which received extensive press coverage in China.

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Notes to editors

An online press pack is available at: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/for-journalists/the-university-of-leicester-and-dalian-university-of-technology

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