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University of Ulster Visits Chengdu College
13th Nov 2014

On Thursday 13th Nov 2014, the Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning, Partnerships and International Affairs Professor Richard Millar of Ulster University along with his team visited  Chengdu College. Professor Miller’s team included Professor Paul Carmichael (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences), Professor Mary McColgan (Head of the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies), Professor Ruth Fee (Head of the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy), and Dr. Helen Hou (Institute for Research in Social Sciences).
 
The Guests were received by Chengdu College’s Chancellor Professor Meng Hong, Professor Huang Yi (Dean of Foreign Language Department), Mrs. Hu Yan (Director International Affairs), and Mr. Shakir Quresh (Deputy Director International Affairs) along with other faculty members. After the reception and exchange of warm wishes, the two parties first presented introductory presentation for their espective institutes. Mr. Shakir Quresh, with the help of Miss Debbie, from Chengdu College delivered the presentation for the Colleger.
 
Professor Millar presented Ulster University’s Introduction.  Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. It has made a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. The core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.
 
Ulster University has four campuses, located in Belfast, Jordanstown, Magee and Coleraine campus in the Northern Ireland of the UK. Ulster University is a comprehensive University with six faculties; Art, Design and the Built Environment, Arts, Computing and Engineering, Life and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and Ulster Business School. A total of 3000 staff is looking after 25000 students in different campuses of the University. The University is playing an important role in the research and innovation of the country by investing more than a Million pounds every week in research.
 
The University provides an opportunity of work placement for more than 2000 students every year. Ulster University is also the home to the only Confucius institute in the Northern Ireland. The University enjoys a very sound reputation and has been awarded for its reputation. This is also reflected by the high percentage (above 90%) of employability of its graduates. According to the National student survey university of Ulster enjoys a high level of student satisfaction. It is a popular destination among international students of different countries because of the low expenditure as compared to other big cities of the UK. There are more than 400 Chinese students enrolled across different faculties.
After the introduction the two parties discussed different possibilities of collaborating with each other to give the students better future prospects. Different, short and long term, modes were discussed. The meeting lasted for two hours. It was agreed to draft an initial MoU between the institutes after which the first phase of collaboration would commence.

At the end of the meeting souvenirs were exchanged with warm and good wishes for the future. A group picture was taken to record the memory for a wonderful future together.