Two new courses launch under Oxford Brookes and Chengdu University partnership

Thursday, 31 October 2019

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Two new undergraduate courses have been launched in the latest wave of development between Oxford Brookes University and Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT).

The courses, the BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business and the BSc (Hons) Computer Science, began teaching in September 2019 and are both dual-award, meaning students will receive a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes and the equivalent degree from CDUT.

Last year 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 has placed emphasis on degrees that are based on quality and cooperation through China’s Sino-Foreign partnerships.

We are one of just a small group of universities that have been given institutional status by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and this speaks volumes about the quality and value of a degree from Oxford Brookes University.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University

With a population of approxmiately 15 million, the growth of the city of Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, over the last five years has led to an increasing demand for dual awards approved under the Sino-Foreign collaboration framework. The Ministry is keen to see degrees developing in areas that are required for the improvement of Chinese society and to enhance the development currently taking place.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University said: “The Chengdu University of Technology partnership is of significant importance to Oxford Brookes as it enables the university to deliver awards in China where there is a growing need for a skilled workforce.

“We are one of just a small group of universities that have been given institutional status by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and this speaks volumes about the quality and value of a degree from Oxford Brookes University.

“I look forward to a long a fruitful relationship, leading to future developments in teaching and research which will be of value to both institutions and to China.”

Professor Liu Qingyou, President of Chengdu University of Technology added: “Oxford Brookes University is one of the most important collaborative education partners of Chengdu University of Technology. The Chengdu University of Technology Oxford Brookes College will greatly promote internationalization and improve the quality of international strength and talent of Chengdu University of Technology."

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 recently 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.