From August 14th to 18th, invited by Arts University Bournemouth and University of Central Lancashire, vice President of HNU, Jiang Xinmiao visited the two universities. On behalf of HNU, he signed agreements on intercollegiate cooperation with the two universities respectively and consulted mainly on Sino-foreign Educational Cooperation Programs.
On August 15th, President of Arts University Bournemouth, Stewart Bartholomew, held a grand ceremony for the delegation’s visit. Bartholomew extended a warm welcome to the delegation’s visit. He said HNU was a comprehensive high level university with large scale. It relatively complete in art specialties, strong schooling capacity and obvious strength on art specialties. There were broad prospects in academic exchanges and talents training between HNU and AUB.
Jiang Xinmiao pointed out that UK was the center of artistic creation, research and training, and AUB, which won the Gold Award of Teaching Excellence Framework this year, renowned overseas in terms of the cultivation of creative talents. Also, Hunan was a province of culture and an important center for creative industries. Disciplines and specialties like art, music, design and media of HNU stood for the highest level among universities in Hunan and ranks among the best in China. He wished that, in order to meet the demand for creative talents in Hunan province or even in Central South Region, HNU and AUB could cooperate in the form of Sino-foreign Educational Cooperation which would bring in high-quality educational resources from AUB and cultivate top-notch innovative talents with international vision.
Later on, representatives had a thorough communication on specialties and mode of cooperation, level of school-running, enrollment scale and curriculum. Bartholomew indicated that he would send a delegation to HNU in the near future to make an inspection and further negotiate the details about their cooperation.
Entrusted by HNU president Jiang Hongxin, Jiang Xinmiao signed an agreement for academic cooperation with Bartholomew. Representatives of AUB presented at the welcome ceremony and the talks were also vice president, professor Emma Hunter, university secretary and student experience director Jon Ronyade, Doctor Christian McDine from College of Art Design and Construction, Doctor Mary Oliver Dean from College of Media and Performance, principal of short term course ClaireMacintyre, director of International Office Hilary Colvis, Ms Danmel and Huang Minyan. Later on, the delegation inspected AUB's teaching equipment and running condition.
On August17th, Jiang Xinmiao and his delegation paid an official visit to the University of Central Lancashire. Paul Luo, Director of the International Academic Cooperation and Development Office, briefed the delegation on the history, achievements, development planning and international cooperation of the University of Central Lancashire and went into detail about its cooperation and achievements with Chinese universities.
Accompanied by David Grecic, Dean of the Physical Education Department, Adrian Ibertson, Director of the Teaching Affairs Office of Physical Education, and Jackie Day, Manager of International Partnerships in the School of Health and Wellbeing, the delegation visited the teaching and scientific research facilities of physical education in this university, including teaching sites and equipment, as well as sports, health, psychology, physiology, rehabilitation and other research labs, and also the cooperation with football teams in the Premier League. The two sides discussed in detail about cooperating in running a P.E. project for football major in undergraduate level, determined the mode of cooperation, school level and enrollment scale, and exchanged views of the courses each university was supposed to offer, the proportion of class hours allocation and so on. The two sides both agreed that the two universities were capable to cooperate in running this P.E. project which was in line with the talent training and interests of the two sides. They would be committed to submitting project proposal to China’s Ministry of Education in the near future.
Present at the meeting as representatives of the University of Central Lancashire were Liz Bromley, Vice Chancellor responsible for Planning and International Strategy, Tim Steele, Vice Chancellor, and Fiona Tim Davis, Project Officer of International Department. At last, Jiang Xinmiao and Bromley, on behalf of two sides, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation.
During the visit, Jiang Xinmiao also met the president of Hunan Fellow Association in London, Wu Lili, one of the HNU alumni, and other members of the Association and representatives of HNU alumni. Jiang Xinmiao expressed gratitude to the Hunan Fellow Association in UK for its support to HNU and wished that the Association would further pay attention to the exchanges between HNU and other universities, and bring together HNU and other universities to develop partnership and cooperation projects. Wu Lili said that the Association would continue making use of the resources in the UK to facilitate the cooperation and exchange between HNU and British universities and help HNU students with their study in the UK.
Among the delegation were Tang Jianwen, Director of the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation, and Li Shaobo, Dean of the School of Art.