April 17, 2014, by Lindsay Brooke

Celebrations begin to mark 10th anniversary of China campus

Celebrations have begun to mark the 10th anniversary of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) – the first foreign independent university campus to be established in China.

UNNC opened its doors to students in 2004 and was officially opened in February 2006.

A series of events are planned over the next 12 months to celebrate key milestones in its history and a specially created website tracks the story of its development. The website includes historic information about UNNC including a timeline, photographs showing the development of the purpose-built campus in Ningbo, and student and alumni achievements over the past 10 years.

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham, said: “We have much to celebrate. The creation of UNNC required vision, belief and leadership; its continuing growth and maturity also requires these qualities, as well as perseverance and strong partnership.

“It is impossible to build a great University without great people. It does not matter how great your campus is, how great your laboratories are. If you do not have great people, you cannot build a great University.

“We have great people: we recruit high quality students; we recruit high quality and dedicated staff; we produce great graduates.

“But, as a Sino-Foreign University, we also need great partnerships. And we have great partnerships. The relationship between WEG and the University of Nottingham is a partnership built on strength and will go from strength to strength.”

Closing his speech, Professor Greenaway recalled the old Chinese proverb. He said: “If you are planning for a year, plant rice. If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a lifetime, educate the people. At UNNC, we are planning for a lifetime.

A full transcript of Professor Greenaway’s speech can be found on his blog.


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