On the morning of June 7th, Tim Steele, vice-president of international operations of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)，visited Hunan Normal University. The delegation he headed was received by Vice-president Jiang Xinmiao during a meeting presided over by Tang Jianwen, director of the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation.
Vice-President Jiang extended a warm welcome to the delegation and briefed them on HNU and its educational cooperation with UK in recent years. Even though there were ups and downs in Sino-UK relation, as the first western country to recognize the PRC, UK has a positive and stable relation with China in general, said President Jiang. The two countries have established educational ties for more than 160 years. Thanks to bilateral efforts, educational exchange has yielded substantial results, featuring various cooperation fields, government guidance and active participation among people. He showed that HNU has always valued international exchanges and has cooperated with 155 universities of 40 countries and regions, including seven schools in UK. He hoped that through this meeting, UCLan and HNU could build tighter friendship and better cooperation.
Vice-President Tim Steele thanked HNU for its considerate arrangements and presented basic information of UCLan. He stated that UCLan had been working with Chinese universities for a long time and treasured cooperation opportunities with them. Chinese government’s relevant policies had not only inspired him but also provided UCLan with many chances. UCLan would utilize British policies and resources, together with its own advantages, to seek more cooperation opportunities, so that it could gain a cutting edge during the process. He hoped that this visit would intensify two schools’ exchange and cooperation in football education.
Both sides expected that more cooperation will be secured in order to cultivate high quality talents and promote co-development.
Sarah Johnston, International Partnerships Project manager at UCLan, and Michael Ge, UCLan China regional manager were among the delegation. Staff in charge of relevant secondary units at HNU attended the meeting.