Students from two prestigious institutions in China are enjoying a taste of the South West after arriving at Plymouth University for a month-long summer school. The 58 students from Shanghai Maritime University, and the Nanjing Institute of Arts, will be sampling The Complete Works of Shakespeare at the Minack Theatre, the biodomesof the Eden Project, [...]

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Students from two prestigious institutions in China are enjoying a taste of the South West after arriving at Plymouth University for a month-long summer school. The 58 students from Shanghai Maritime University, and the Nanjing Institute of Arts, will be sampling The Complete Works of Shakespeare at the Minack Theatre, the biodomesof the Eden Project, and a day out at Paignton Zoo.
The visitors will also have the opportunity to attend the Olympic Games in London, as well asundertake ahost of other field trips across Devon and Cornwall.

The visit is part of a cultural exchange programme between the three universities, and signifies the growing international links established by Plymouth in the higher education sector. Peter Ingram, Head of the International Office, said “As a University, we passionately believe in providing internationalisation opportunities for students, whether they are from Plymouth or overseas.
“Students who spend time abroad develop resilience, adaptability, and an openness to new ideas and cultures,whicharetraits that areenormously valued by employers. That’s why Plymouth University has invested in this ground-breaking initiative with Shanghai Maritime University.”

A month-long programme of classroom-based learning and trips around the region have been arranged for the Shanghai students. These include a ‘rough guide to British history’; a session on the development of the novel; and a pyrotechnic display as the University’s resident ‘Rocket Man’ Roy Lowry explains the science of explosions.

They will also have the chance to meet the University’s cutting-edge robots; study minute objects at the Electron Microscopy Centre; undergo extensive English language training; and attend a range of personal development and academic sessions provided by the Faculties of Arts, Science and Technology, and the Business School.

Trips to Land’s End, the Minack Theatre, St Austell’s Eden Project, Paignton, and Newton Abbott are also part of the schedule in the month-long showcase of the region.The visit of the Chinese students follows the first cohort of Plymouth undergraduates who attended the Shanghai ‘summer school’ in June and July. Around 50 students, including several from University partner colleges in Cornwall, and Devon, made the trip, where they learned Mandarin, martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, and studied marine science and business.
They also took trips to Nanjing, the Yanjing water village, Beijing, the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army.

Plymouth University student Ayo Sokale said: “The Shanghai Summer School was simply the best experience of my life to date. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn about China, but also to grow on a personal level and really see what you are made of.”
About Plymouth University

Consistently ranked as one of the leading universities in the UK, and placed at 318 in the latest Times Higher Education world rankings, Plymouth has a strong record of excellence, enterprise and innovation across its teaching and research activities and is distinguished by its long-term engagement with business and the community. Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012 and this year’s recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the University enjoys outstanding links with employers and plays a key role in civic and regional leadership.

With around 30,000 students, including those studying higher education at its partner colleges throughout the South West, the University is one of largest in the UK. It enjoys a high rate of graduate employment and has recently invested more than 150 million in its estate and facilities to enhance the student experience and support world-class research.

Plymouth has embedded sustainability across its operations, and in 2010 was named by People & Planet as the UK’s number one green university. It is a founding partner in the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and is a major provider of Higher Education in Cornwall.

For more information please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk




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