The University of Wolverhampton has signed an official agreement with Yanshan University in China to further strengthen partnership ties with the country.
Yanshan University is based in Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China with a student population of 39,000 and a staff population of 3200.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed earlier this month and outlines the willingness of both parties to continually develop a collaborative partnership by exchanging information such as publications, scientific research, student training programmes, staff exchanges and to hold academic conferences in the fields of arts and science.
Prof Geoff Layer, vice-chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “China is one of our region’s biggest global partners and this agreement will further strengthen our ties with the country.
“We’ve had a significant presence in China for many years and, during this time, we’ve hosted a considerable number of students who have chosen to study at one of our campuses.
“This partnership will focus on developing new business whilst enhancing the student and staff experience with exchange trips and research collaboration.”
Liu Hongmin, vice president of Yanshan University, added: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with the University of Wolverhampton which I’m sure will enhance learning opportunities for both staff and students in England and here in China.
“Our first staff members will be visiting England over the coming months with a view to us progressing our students to courses at Wolverhampton and students from England will be coming across to learn, help and deliver English language provision and further broaden their experience in China.”
Education for China Ltd facilitated the introductions between the two Universities and arranged the visit.