International ties strengthened as Oxford Brookes welcomes Chengdu University of Technology
The longstanding teaching partnership between Oxford Brookes University and Chengdu University of Technology was further strengthened last week with an official visit from a Chinese delegation to the University’s Headington Campus.
The partnership started in 2016 with the aim of expanding Oxford Brookes programmes beyond its own campuses and to provide valuable opportunities for academic growth, widening participation and global engagement.
On 10 and 11 May, senior representatives from Chengdu University of Technology, located in central Sichuan Province, embarked on a two-day visit to Headington. During their stay, the delegation held meetings with senior members of staff and toured the campus facilities. They also had the opportunity to meet a group of exchange staff and students, currently spending either a year or semester in Oxford.
Currently, Oxford Brookes offers four courses in Chengdu: BA (Hons) Business Management, BSc (Hons) Accountancy, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering, and BSc (Hons) Computer Science. Graduates are awarded a dual degree from both universities, with around 2,000 students currently enrolled in these courses each year.
Oxford Brookes is also proud to host exchange staff and scholars from Chengdu University of Technology, further enriching the academic environment and promoting international collaboration.
Professor Gong Hao, Chairperson of Chengdu University of Technology, gives a presentation to the Oxford Brookes representatives.
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: “As an internationally focused institution, Oxford Brookes University is proud to have multiple teaching partnerships around the world.
“This recent visit from Chengdu University of Technology, our largest strategic Transnational Education partner, is the first time a delegation has travelled to Oxford since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The visit demonstrates the unwavering commitment of both universities to strengthening their partnership and nurturing academic excellence.”
The visitors met Oxford Brookes representatives including Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joe Tah, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Global Partnerships, and Dr Sara Hannam, Head of Global Partnerships, Brookes Global, & Associate Dean Strategy and Development, Oxford Brookes Business School.
Professor Gong Hao, Chairperson from Chengdu University of Technology, said: “We are very proud to be a part of this longstanding teaching partnership, which shows the joint passion that we share with Oxford Brookes for university education.
“Giving students the opportunity to obtain dual degrees from Chengdu University of Technology and Oxford Brookes will mean they are well prepared to enter the world of work. We look forward to hearing more success stories from this partnership for many years to come.”
Oxford Brookes University has teaching partnerships across multiple continents and countries, including in China, Greece, Kenya, Gibraltar and Sri Lanka. More information can be found on the Teaching Partnerships webpages.