Oxford Brookes celebrates first graduates of Chengdu University of Technology partnership

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

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The first students to study Oxford Brookes University degrees at Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT) have graduated.

The successful transnational education partnership between the two institutions has seen over 100 students graduate with a dual award degree in Accountancy. The dual award means students will receive a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes and the equivalent degree from CDUT.

Student Mu Lan is one of the first students to graduate from the partnership programme and has recently secured her first job at Chengdu Jingkai Capital Holdings Co. Ltd.

She said: “It is a great honor to be part of the first Accounting cohort of the CDUT - Oxford Brookes collaborative programme. With the patient guidance of teachers and friendly help from classmates, I was able to acclimatise to the new teaching methods and have learnt a lot.

“I have applied for jobs in my industry and I have successfully secured the ideal position to start my working life. The four-year undergraduate study has prepared me well, it gave me the opportunity to refine skills such as presentation techniques, which is rare in Chinese university education.

“Our department helped us practice individual and group-based presentations, which not only improved my personal interview skills, but also made me more confident, and work well as part of a team. I hope that all of the Accounting students find this opportunity useful and have also been able to improve their skills in the same way I have.”

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University said: “Whether our students go onto further studies, or out into the world of work, this is the beginning of an exciting journey for our CDUT graduates.

“As the world adapts to the new reality, now more than ever, it is essential that graduates are well prepared for the world of work. We’re extremely proud of our partnership with the Chengdu University of Technology as it enables us to deliver qualifications in China where there is a growing need for a skilled workforce.

“Congratulations to all of our CDUT graduates, I’m proud to say that they will always be part of the Oxford Brookes global network and I look forward to hearing stories of their achievements in the future.”

Professor Liu Qingyou, President of Chengdu University of Technology added: “Graduation represents a new starting point for our students. The great changes that our global economy is experiencing will bring about unprecedented opportunities for development and innovation.

“These changes will provide our graduates with unlimited space to showcase their competence and performance.”

Currently almost 1000 students are studying at CDUT for an Oxford Brookes degree.

Oxford Brookes University’s partnership with CDUT began in 2016 with the launch of a four-year dual award course comprising a foundation year in English and Study Skills followed by three years of accounting. The BSc (Hons) Accountancy degree has been granted exemptions by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, which means graduates will have covered nine of the thirteen papers needed to be a chartered accountant.

As an internationally focused institution, Oxford Brookes University is proud to have multiple teaching partnerships around the world. Through these partnerships, the University delivers courses beyond its UK campuses and develops programmes with international partners, leading to either a single Oxford Brookes or dual-award.

More information can be found on the Teaching Partnerships webpages.