University Launches China Strategy

Bondholder the University of Derby has launched a specialist team based in Shanghai, China to help develop and strengthen its global footprint. 

A dedicated in-country team of two experienced staff will support recruitment partners, providing a positive presence in China for the University of Derby on all educational platforms.

The University already has academic collaboration agreements with several key universities in China including the University of Jiangsu, Jiangxi University of Technology, Heifei University and Tongji University. 

The China office was officially launched in Shanghai at a reception hosted by Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs, and Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, as well as Deans and Directors from the University.

Professor Lamie said: “The development of strong and sustainable partnerships is at the heart of the University of Derby’s international strategy.

“We are committed to developing mutually beneficial collaborations and working closely with educational institutions and businesses in China. International partnerships are hugely beneficial and our ambition is to extend our academic and industrial connections worldwide.

“The launch of the China-based team will allow us to develop our existing partnerships in the country as well as oversee the establishment and growth of a network of high quality international institutions.”

During the event, Tony Zhang, a University of Derby graduate and business owner, made an announcement for the establishment of the Derby Chinese Alumni Association, and looks forward to providing Derby alumni with a platform to network.