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Wonderful Chinese New Year celebrations

On Sunday, I attended a Chinese New Year celebration at Nottingham Lakeside. It was a wonderful family affair and was filmed by CCTV for broadcast on the English language channel over New Year celebrations. Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway   gave an interview to CCTV and wished everyone a ‘Happy New Year.’ The event …

Congratulations on India Republic Day

I was delighted to attend the India Republic Day Reception at Grosvenor House, representing the University of Nottingham. The Reception was to celebrate the 67th India Republic Day. Our host was the High Commissioner of India, H.E. Mr. Navtej Sarna and senior representatives of the Government of India. The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister …

12th Chinese New Year Celebrations at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

The history of our involvement in these events goes back to 2004 when Broxtowe Borough Council organised an event in Beeston Square through their Community Cohesion Group which proved so popular that they invited the University and the City Council to join them the following year and make the event even bigger. 2005 was in …

Bridge-Building Sino-UK Geospatial Partnerships at The University of Nottingham

It was an eye-opening experience to work with the Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre to deliver the UK-China Workshop on Big Geospatial Data and Smart Cities recently in Ningbo. The Centre is one of only 20 such research collaborations in the world to have been awarded International Joint Research Centre status by the Chinese Ministry of …

“Learning together is the best way of learning about each other”

I have recently returned from teaching a masterclass for museums professionals at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo. The masterclasses, part of a series of initiatives aimed at capacity-building in the Creative Industries sector in China were delivered in collaboration with a team from the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). There were two parallel masterclasses: …

University-Industrial collaborations

The British Council (Kevin Prest, Senior Analyst Analysis and Liu Xiaoxiao, Education Services Manager) have published a very interesting analysis of the mid-term assessment of the “National Medium and Long-Term Education Reform and Development Plan (2010-2020)” released by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The analysis entitled China records major growth in higher education and calls …

A meeting place for museums professionals

After over a year of development work, a team of colleagues from the University of Nottingham (both UK and China Campus) and the V&A delivered two successful masterclasses to over 60 museums and gallery professionals from across China (and from as far afield as Inner Mongolia) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus.  The …

‘Model’ Confucius Institute status

It was a great end to 2015 with the awarding of ‘Model’ status to Nottingham Confucius Institute at the 10th Confucius Institute Conference in Shanghai. The award was presented by Mme LIU Yandong, Vice Premier of China and Chairwoman of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, to Professor Chris Rudd, Chair of Nottingham Confucius …

Gaokao Champions meet Nobel Laureate

  On Wednesday the Asia Business Centre and the Nottingham Confucius Institute hosted the Chinese internet company Baidu Wenku and 10 Gaokao Champions at the University of Nottingham. The Champions achieved the top grade in their respective Provinces and it was great to welcome them to Nottingham. http://tinyurl.com/pxjgavc The University signed a MOU with Baiku …

A successful week in India

         As part of a University of Nottingham delegation led by Professor Michele Clarke and linking up with a Nottingham City delegation, I visited New Delhi and Chandigarh last week. Our Country Representative-Varrtika Mudaliar formed a key part of our group.  The purpose of the visit was to get closer to the …