Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Venture will enhance university's reputation

Queen's University is seeking to establish a China Queen's College (CQC) in partnership with the China Medical University, in Shenyang, one of China's top ranked universities for Health Sciences.

The partnership will see Chinese students studying for Queen's University degrees in pharmaceutical science in the new college, with Chinese students trained jointly by staff from Queen's, located in China, and the China Medical University.

The China Queen's College provides a valuable opportunity for Queen's to establish a physical presence in China, building on its strengths in teaching and research and enhancing the university's profile in one of the largest markets in the world for international students.

The new college, based in Shenyang, China, a city of 14 million people, was announced at Queen's in 2012, by Madame Liu Yandong. Madam Liu is a newly appointed Vice Premier in charge of Education in China.

The joint college will recruit students from the top tier of students in China and deliver Queen's degrees complying with UK Quality Assurance standards on CMU's new campus in Shenyang. From an initial 60 students it is anticipated the student population would exceed 700 across three undergraduate programmes within 10 years.

China is the biggest market for students coming to the UK and is predicted to become the leading global economic power within the next ten years. In 2013 more than 40% of Queen's new international student intake will come from China but increasingly intense competitor activity will challenge our ability to maintain and grow enrolments. The venture will enhance reputation, deepen the level of influence in China and provide additional options for recruitment and student mobility.