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Study China Programme - Manchester leads national student mobility project

29 April 2016

Over 200 UK students, including 27 from the University of Manchester, spent three weeks of the Easter break busy learning Chinese language, visiting companies and learning about entrepreneurship and innovation in China.

Over 200 UK students, including 27 from the University of Manchester, spent three weeks of the Easter break busy learning Chinese language, visiting companies and learning about entrepreneurship and innovation in China. They are part of the Study China Programme, which is UK’s largest student mobility project and managed by the University of Manchester Confucius Institute since 2007.

This programme has enabled over 5000 UK students to experience China first hand and launched some onto successful careers in relation to China. In the recent alumni reunion held at King’s College, London, it turns out some become fluent Mandarin speakers and now work at British Embassy, China-Britain Business Council, Ministries and others are teaching in China or running their own business there.

Apart from an intensive language programme, they also visited Dream Town (incubator), Chocolate village, Intelligent Medicine centre where entrepreneurs, most of who have overseas study experience, shared their experience of setting up their own business and the support they receive from the local governments. They also heard talks by the University of Manchester alumni who invited some participants to visit their businesses.

The interaction between our students and the young professionals in China is the highlight of the programme. On the social side, students visited the Chinese families, tried lots of authentic food and made friends through the programme.

The Confucius Institute is a proud leader in student mobility between the UK and China.

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