Over 1,000 new students to study for Oxford Brookes degrees in China

Friday, 22 February 2019

chengdu campus

With Chinese New Year celebrations taking place recently, a significant new partnership has been launched between Oxford Brookes University and Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT).

It is our ambition for Oxford Brookes Global to deliver the finest opportunities across the world, and we look forward to this partnership with Chengdu continuing to flourish.

Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor

The joint venture is one of a small number of successful approvals announced by the Chinese Ministry of Education and will build on the strong existing relationship between the two universities.

The new agreement will see two more degrees validated, with graduates receiving both a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes and the equivalent degree from CDUT. 

Over the next few years, this will see the partnership expand to over 1000 students studying new degrees in Software Engineering or Computer Science, or the existing degree in Accountancy. 

Last year, “Sino-foreign” partnerships made the news when it was announced that over 200 education programmes delivered by universities outside of China would not have their licenses renewed. Since then, the Ministry of Education have placed an increasing emphasis on degrees that are based on quality and cooperation. 

Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes and Chair of the Universities UK International Transnational Education Strategy Group, said: “Having this institutional partnership approved is a big vote of confidence in the quality of education and the value of a degree from Oxford Brookes University. It is our ambition for Oxford Brookes Global to deliver the finest opportunities across the world, and we look forward to this partnership with Chengdu continuing to flourish.”

Chengdu is in the capital of the Sichuan province and is one of the largest cities in China, with a population of over 14 million. The development of Chengdu has been phenomenal over the last five years and this has led to a demand for dual awards approved under the “Sino-Foreign” collaboration framework from the Chinese Ministry of Education. The Ministry is keen to see high quality degrees developing in areas that are required for the improvement of Chinese society and to enhance the development currently taking place.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research and Global Partnerships, added: “This partnership with the Chengdu University of Technology is of significant strategic importance to Oxford Brookes University as it enables the university to deliver awards in China where there is a growing need for a skilled workforce. This partnership will provide valuable dual awards that will both provide a quality qualification and foster future collaboration.”

Oxford Brookes has been in partnership with CDUT since 2016. It currently delivers a four year dual award comprising a one year foundation programme in English and Study Skills and three years of accounting. Students graduate with a BSc (Hons) Accountancy from Oxford Brookes and the equivalent award from CDUT. 

Students studying the degree will be granted exemptions by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and will be well on the road to becoming qualified accountants. The first graduates from this dual award are due to complete in June 2020 among a cohort of over 100 students.

In addition, Oxford Brookes has a global partnership with the ACCA for the delivery of the BSc Applied Accounting to students across the world. This means that the University tops the list of UK institutions with those studying for UK qualifications overseas. Over 30,000 international students have graduated from the programme since 2000 from countries such as China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan signalling Oxford Brookes’ commitment to global excellence. 

As well as its partnerships in China and welcoming students from the country, in 2015 the University launched the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes. It is a partnership with the Foreign Languages Teaching and Research Press at Beijing Foreign Studies University and the the first in Europe to focus purely on publishing.