Embassy praises leadership programme

30 July 2018

VC and Chinese delegates

A Cardiff University management programme for education leaders from China has been praised by the Chinese Embassy in the UK.

More than 100 Chinese education managers are spending three months at the University to develop their leadership skills and forge relationships with counterparts in Cardiff.

Jianhui Xia, Education Section Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, said it offered a great opportunity for delegates and supported the development of the University sector in China.

“This programme is a result of hard work on both sides, and is a symbol of the educational collaborations and the open era between our two great nations,” he said.

The delegates, from 83 universities in China, are following a management and innovation programme developed for their specific requirements and delivered by senior Cardiff University staff.

The numbers taking part have more than doubled from 52 in 2017 to 106 this year.

Professor Nora de Leeuw, Pro Vice-Chancellor, International and Europe at Cardiff University, highlighted the importance of exchanging knowledge and ideas across the world.

“There is much we can learn from each other, and I look forward to nurturing new relationships and existing partnerships with universities in China represented in the delegation.”

The annual programme is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2015 in the presence of then Vice-Premier Liu Yandong during a visit to Wales.

It is commissioned by the China Scholarship Council, which has an established partnership with Cardiff University that has seen scholars progress from postgraduate studies into senior academic positions.

More generally, the University has successfully fostered formal academic links and strategic partnerships with universities across China for research collaboration and student exchange.