Study Abroad Co-ordinator, Aimee Campbell, reflects on the University’s relationship with China and the opportunity it presents for students in Liverpool:
The University of Liverpool opened XJTLU in the world heritage city of Suzhou, in partnership with Xi’an-Jiaotong University in 2006, and the institution has grown rapidly over the past 10 years, with more than 10,000 students now studying across a variety of subjects.
2016 also marks the first year of the University’s new ‘Year in China’ – a programme which gives students the opportunity to spend an academic year in China studying Chinese language, history, culture and society. Thirty-seven University of Liverpool students arrived at XJTLU in August this year to begin their Year in China experience.
Commenting on the programme, Professor David S G Goodman, who is the Head of China Studies at XJTLU, said: “The Year in China provides the foundation to kick-start your career after graduation. Graduates with China exposure from any degree programmes are more attractive to employers, and the connections made in China will be long-lasting.”
By studying in China, students are able to gain experience of studying in a different cultural context, improve their skills and experience travelling around one of the world’s most ancient civilisations.
XJTLU is located in the picturesque city of Suzhou, described as the “Venice of the East” because of the beautiful waterways that flow through the heart of the old town. Suzhou is located 30 minutes by bullet train from the bustling metropolis of Shanghai.
Tineiwo Muzenda, a BA Business Management student who spent the last academic year at XJTLU, said: “Going abroad is a concrete way to expand your scope of understanding the world. Not only will you deepen your appreciation for new cultures and countries, but you’ll also become richer in knowledge and interpersonal skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.”
Successful completion of the Year in China programme changes a students’ degree to ‘[Subject] with a Year in China’ (e.g. BA Philosophy with a Year in China), so that their achievement can be readily seen by potential employers. Participants will also receive the XJTLU Diploma in China Studies.
To find out more information about Year in China programme and how students can benefit, visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/goabroad/year-in-china/.