The number of Chinese students enrolled at Bondholder University of Derby onto full-time degree programmes has more than doubled since last year. This is the largest intake from China since 2012.
The most popular subject areas for Chinese students being international business, accounting and finance, business and management.
Commenting on their time at the University we spoke to a current student and a recent graduate.
LIU Shiyu who is studying a Masters in Education said “Derby is a small city and everyone is nice. My tutor helps me a lot with my studies and patiently answers my questions. One piece of advice to fellow Chinese students is to read more books and references, because there is a lot of work that needs your own study and research.”
A graduate from the Business School SU Yalun said “I was proud to study at the University of Derby. It is a big family with students from all walks of life. You can definitely build a great network, share happiness and explore the unknown future here. It provided many opportunities to be involved in professional networks that were really helpful for in finding my first job in China. I truly believe that University of Derby is a magnet for aspirational students who hope to build a strong academic foundation. Thank you, Derby.”
Five University of Derby students have also been selected as volunteers to offer help the City Council in creating content for Chinese social media and support with translating documents.
Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of the Derby City Council said “It was a real pleasure to meet with the students and their enthusiasm was evident. It’s fantastic to meet these young people who want to volunteer and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their time here and the activities they engage in.”
Huiying Ma, one of the student volunteers said that meeting with Councillor Chris Poulter was a huge inspiration to her and other volunteers and that they would like to act as a cultural bridge between Derby and China.
Derby has a twinning partnership with Hefei city in China and Derby City Council have a number of major links to help local businesses to develop economically and internationalise, led by the newly appointed director Mr Shiller Zheng, with education being one area of focus.
University of Derby Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs Professor Judith Lamie said: “The University of Derby is a global institution, and it is excellent news that more and more students from countries such as China are choosing Derby as the place they would like to come to study. Not only do they come here to learn and to help them achieve their career ambitions, but they bring with them essential knowledge and skills, not to mention a fascinating cultural perspective, which we all benefit from. It is also great to know that they are getting involved in Derby by volunteering to help our local communities and by socialising here, really getting the most from their experience at our University and in our city.”