A University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) education offers it all — a British-style learning environment that is engaging, empowering, research-informed, and internationally oriented, all within the charming city of Ningbo, China. Here, students study within a diverse student body of over 8,000 students from more than 70 countries and regions.
They have the coveted opportunity to experience global study opportunities at the university’s branch campuses or partner universities from 40 countries and regions. Students complete their education with a degree that is recognised by employers globally.
“With campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, the international dimension extends to every facet of life at Nottingham, whether it is our research, our teaching, our student community or global alumni,” says Professor Shearer West, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham.
Beatrice Megan Lai Fat Fur, a BA (Hons) International Business with Language student, agrees. “I have been at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China for two years, and I’ve met people from all over the world. It has been such a culturally rich experience,” she says.
Despite being amid a pandemic, UNNC has proven to be a safe learning environment for students. The university stood out for its overall strategic planning and pioneering role in maintaining academic standards and student experience. They became the first Sino-foreign university in China to reopen its campus following the outbreak and received the COVID-19 Crisis Response Award presented by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.
Where innovative research happens
UNNC students develop the soft and hard skills essential for the future workplace. This is evident through their globally-orientated academic programmes and overseas exchange opportunities. Students can choose from degrees that are taught across three faculties — Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Engineering — all in English.
On campus, students reap the benefits of the university’s rich book resources. There are currently 331 professional English databases, over 95,000 electronic journals, and over 1,500,000 e-books available. In 2020, 68.4% of the publications at UNNC were co-authored with institutions in other countries, 45.3% of the publications were among the top 10% most cited globally, while 6.4% of the publications were published in the top 1% of journals in the world.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The university’s new library seats 2,600 students, leaving enough room for users to practice social distancing during the pandemic. While classes shifted online due to lockdowns, UNNC became the first Professional Development Qualifications (PDQs) centre in East Asia to deliver PDQs wholly online in August 2020 — Licensed by Cambridge International.
UNNC researchers are also highly innovative. Drawing on the popular video game Minecraft, where players can build anything in the game world — be it homes to castles — researchers brought this immersive experience to architects and consumers in the real world. Their efforts won them gold at the recent National Intelligent Construction Technology and Innovation Competition in January 2020. Their project beat nearly 150 competitors with its innovative solution to better enhance architect-consumer communication.
A supportive learning environment
UNNC offers students an unparalleled learning environment, thanks to its state of the art facilities, cutting-edge technologies, and welcoming environment. Echoing this is Professor May Tan-Mullins, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, who says: “At UNNC, we offer excellent learning and research infrastructure. Through combining innovative and interactive teaching pedagogies and world-class teaching facilities, UNNC will encourage you to think creatively, develop new ideas, and empower you with the necessary skills to become excellent global citizens.”
UNNC also offers industry-focused courses to ensure students are career-ready. Graduate Qinqin Huang, who studied a BA International Communications Studies, has made a name for herself in the fashion industry with her original footwear brand, ouvrir la boîte — French for “to open the box”. Her designs have walked the runway of major fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Shanghai, and have gained popularity amongst celebrities.
“I named the brand ouvrir la boîte because opening a box is always a surprise. It also represents breaking free from limits and stepping out of the comfort zone,” she explains. The UNNC alumni also proved to be a useful resource and support system for Huang throughout her startup journey. It was an alumnus, for instance, who shared his professional knowledge and experience with her to get her up to speed with the basics of fundraising.
Mo Lv, an International Business Management graduate of Nottingham University Business School China, is now the CEO of Yangzi — her very own furniture brand. She aims to design and produce high-quality furniture for young people. Sales volume reached an all time high of RMB 6.5 million in just 14 days when one of her most popular bed designs made its debut in 2018.
Collectively, UNNC’s industry-driven curriculum, practice-based teaching, and international exposure help build a strong foundation for students to enjoy a successful career.