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UNNC celebrates 10th Cohort Graduation

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The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) held its 10th end-of-year graduation ceremony over the weekend 1-2 July. More than 1,300 Chinese and foreign students successfully graduated with a recognised UK honours degree.

Speaking at the ceremony, retiring University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway called the ongoing achievements of UNNC graduates “outstanding”.

2017 graduates that have chosen to head directly into the workforce have secured positions with major accounting firms, the four major state banks, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Zhejiang Daily and other well-known domestic and international companies and institutions. Some international students also chose to stay on and find work in China, many in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Wu Xuexue, Honorary Professor of the University of Nottingham UK, threw down a challenge to the 2017 cohorts.

“There are still many places in China that need to be improved, such as no data being shared among provinces electronically on social insurance and insurance,” said Professor Wu. “A lot of social problems lie in front of you, waiting for you to solve.”

Nearly 82 percent of UNNC graduates will this year go on to study for postgraduate degrees at other institutions - 30 percent at world top 10 universities and 80 percent at world top 100 universities, according to the latest QS rankings. These include traditional giants such as Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College of Technology, University College London and Zurich Federal Institute of Technology.

BEng Mechanical Engineering graduate, Shanshan Long was delighted to receive an offer from Stanford University. “Stanford is the dream school from my childhood,” said Shanshan. “UNNC has helped me to realise this dream by offering me a broad and diverse perspective and the courage to face the challenges.”

Yue Liu, a 2017 Finance, Accounting and Management graduate, will study for her postgraduate at Oxford University with a programme on Finance and Economics. “UNNC offered me a beautiful surprise”, she said. “I never imaged that it can bring me so many positive changes.”

Professor Sir David Greenaway appealed for departing students to spread the word about their time at UNNC. “Think about what you can do for your University, and the students that follow you,” he urged. “That might involve helping recruit talented students, or mentoring current students, or making business connections, or supporting alumni events, or donating to scholarship appeals.”

Also at the ceremony, the  President’s Awards for Outstanding Graduates, established by Professor Fujia Yang, were presented to students Chen Qi (Finance, Accounting and Management), Zhang Qianni (International Economics and Trade), Chen Yeting (International Communications Studies), Jiang Ke (Civil Engineering) and Pan Yichen (Computer Science).

On the academic side, three Li Dak Sum Chair Professorship awards were presented to Professor Cui Ping (Chair Professor of Materials), Professor Chen Zhuo (Chair Professor in Health Economics) and Professor Yan Yuying (Chair Professor in Thermofluid Engineering). The Li Dak Sum Foundation sponsors the Li Dak Sum Chair Professor Scheme to recruit and reward top scholars at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

In recognition of their outstanding contribution to the field of Aerospace Composites, Professor Xie Fuyuan and Professor Yi Xiaosu were awarded Honorary Professorships.

Chairman and CEO of Ping An Good Doctor, Mr Tao Wang, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Posted on 3 July 2017