Col­lege signs up to global part­ner­ship for China ed­u­ca­tion

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THE UK’s Min­is­ter of State for Trade and Ex­port Pro­mo­tion and Her Majesty’s Am­bas­sador to China have wit­nessed the sign­ing of an agree­ment with Lough­bor­ough Col­lege which sets a path to a new global part­ner­ship.

Baroness Fair­head and Am­bas­sador Wood­ward joined Lough­bor­ough Col­lege for a cer­e­mony at the Silk Road In­ter­na­tional Expo in Xi’an for­mal­is­ing an agree­ment worth more than £1 mil­lion to sup­port ap­pren­tice­ship de­liv­ery and en­hance vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion in China.

The Mem­o­ran­dum Of Un­der­stand­ing signed by Lough­bor­ough Col­lege CEO John Do­herty and Dong­guan Polytech­nic Ex­ec­u­tive Prin­ci­pal Yimin Zhu marks plans for a part­ner­ship be­tween the col­lege and poly­tech­nics and col­leges across the city of Dong­guan.

Min­is­ter of State for Trade and Ex­port Pro­mo­tion, Baroness Fair­head, said: “UK ex­ports to China are grow­ing strongly, but it’s clear that there is still vast un­tapped de­mand for Bri­tish goods and ser­vices in the Chi­nese mar­ket.

“The Belt and Road ini­tia­tive is cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bri­tish busi­nesses across Asia, such as this agree­ment be­tween Lough­bor­ough and the city of Dong­guan, and the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade will con­tinue to of­fer sup­port through Trade Mis­sions, our award win­ning credit agency UK Ex­port Fi­nance and GREAT.gov.uk.”

Lough­bor­ough Col­lege CEO John Do­herty said: “I am de­lighted that our re­la­tion­ship with Dong­guan Polytech­nic, Dong­guan City and lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials en­ables us to sign a high-level agree­ment dur­ing the UK Silk Road Trade Expo, wit­nessed by Am­bas­sador Wood­ward and Baroness Fair­head.

“Fol­low­ing our sem­i­nar at Dong­guan Polytech­nic

high­light­ing Lough­bor­ough Col­lege’s out­stand­in­grated ap­pren­tice­ships we trav­elled to­gether to the Expo to fur­ther progress our part­ner­ship.”

Join­ing John Do­herty, Lough­bor­ough Col­lege Di­rec­tor of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Gemma Knott and Ex­ec­u­tive Prin­ci­pal Zhu from Dong­guan were Jion­gran Chen, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Ed­u­ca­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice, Wei­wei Li, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search Cen­tre and In­ter­na­tional Depart­ment Of­fi­cer Ningqun Ding.

Gemma Knott added: “We have been work­ing with Dong­guan Polytech­nic and the City since Novem­ber 2017 to sup­port them in their ded­i­ca­tion to be­come an in­ter­na­tional cen­tre for tech­ni­cal skills.

“Through its five-year strat­egy, Lough­bor­ough Col­lege has been fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing in-coun­try provi-

sion and con­sul­tancy sup­port for other col­leges across the world.

“The col­lege has a pas­sion, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and mis­sion to ex­port its best prac­tise in a sus­tain­able way to en­able high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion glob­ally.”

Chair­man of Mid­lands En­gine, Sir John Peace, said: “Lough­bor­ough Col­lege and the Mid­lands re­gion are nat­u­ral part­ners to China.

“The Mid­lands ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness sec­tors con­tinue to build upon the al­ready thriv­ing re­la­tion­ships we have with sev­eral prov­inces and ma­jor cities.

“The Mid­lands En­gine is lead­ing the way in gen­er­at­ing tar­geted and sus­tain­able growth from op­por­tu­ni­ties in China and be­yond, ben­e­fit­ting the Mid­lands and wider UK econ­omy.”

THE UK’s Min­is­ter of State for Trade and Ex­port Pro­mo­tion and Her Majesty’s Am­bas­sador to China have wit­nessed the sign­ing of an agree­ment with Lough­bor­ough Col­lege which sets a path to a new global part­ner­ship.

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