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Eighth cohort of undergraduates celebrates graduation

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Graduation ceremonies for the eighth cohort of graduates were held at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) in early July.

More than 1,200 UNNC undergraduates celebrated completing their courses over the two-day graduation period (4 July and 5 July), embracing their bright futures. Many will migrate to cities across the world to study postgraduate qualifications.

According to statistics (by 2 July) from the Career Development Office, 75 per cent of Chinese domestic graduates continue to study at postgraduate level, including 21 per cent at the top 10 universities worldwide.

Most students who choose to head into the workforce find positions in Fortune Global 500 companies, government, public institutions or well-known Chinese companies. A few entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

While Chinese graduates head to international universities and global companies, some foreign graduates are also joining Chinese companies for personal and professional development.

One recent graduate from Malaysia and two from Russia have received offers from China Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Corporation. They will contribute to, and witness the foreign expansion of, a Chinese company, working for the Overseas Business Development Department.

Jiashen Zhan from Malaysia said: “This is the best time to join a state-owned Chinese company which is determined to expand and innovate. China’s economy continues to see robust growth and that’s where my chance and future lies. I’m fully prepared to grow with China and Chinese companies.”

Provost Professor Nick Miles joined the celebration and said: “This was a special year for UNNC, the culmination of our 10th anniversary celebrations.

“In just a decade, UNNC has made remarkable progress and now, in 2015 we have a thriving University with more than 6,600 students; we have a multi-faculty community; we have a strong research base; we have vibrant business partnerships; we have a loyal alumni community; and we are very much part of the community here in Ningbo. This all bodes well for a very bright future.

“Your future is also bright. A degree from UNNC is testimony to your commitment, hard work and creativity. Not only does it provide a passport to the next stage of your development it also equips you to succeed in a world of ever more rapid change and on a global stage.” Professor Miles continued to address the fresh graduates.

“Use your skills and talents wisely and well in the world, continue to make a contribution, travel happily, and go well. Remember UNNC and visit often. Keep the UNNC spirit with you wherever you go.”

During the graduation ceremonies, Maris Farquharson from the Business School and Maggie Yang from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Office and the Language Centre were presented with Lord Dearing Awards for their outstanding efforts to enhance the student learning experience.

Maris and Maggie’s nominations were chosen from 109 in total across all three international campuses for their achievements in the following areas:

  • ·         Excellence in supporting student learning

  • ·         Recognition and support of diverse student learning needs

  • ·         Inspiring and/or innovative approach to teaching

  • ·         Engaging with colleagues in the enhancement of teaching and learning

  • ·         Ongoing commitment to review and reflect to enhance individual practice

  • ·         Clear evidence of putting students at the centre of the learning experience

The Lord Dearing Award Scheme has, since 1999, acknowledged the world-class contribution made by University of Nottingham staff to creating a student learning environment which is nurturing as well as challenging, creative and innovative.

Previous Lord Dearing Award winners from UNNC were Gary Schwarz, Kevin Dow, Academic Support Clinic; Martin Liu, Peter Morgan, May Tan-Mullins, Lisa Warner, Filippo Gilardi, e-learning team.

More press information about UNNC is available from Selina Hu, communications officer. 

Posted on 5 July 2015