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Life-long Learning Project

The Life-long Learning Project is a higher education project initiated by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). Based on the increased demand for educational development, this pioneer project sets out to remove the barriers of knowledge learning and support the community to re-enter university and fulfill their educational needs. By the end of July 2021, three cohorts of students have already completed the programme successfully, with 164 lectures/events organised and 176 students graduating. 



  •  English teaching environment
  • Taught by specialist lecturers from around the world
  • Lectures cover a wide range of topics including education, economics, media, international relations, language learning, etc.
  • Various forms of learning methods are adopted including lectures, seminars and online classes
  • We welcome collaboration from institutions and enterprises to join the project as part of their staff development schemes 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences includes 4 Schools and 1 language department:

School of Economics

School of Education and English

School of International Communications

School of International Studies

Language Centre

Past lectures/activities

  • The Evolving Filmmaker: Jobs in Creative Industries

  • Intercultural Communication in the Educational Context

  • Higher Education Internationalization: Is it under threat?

  • Understanding International Peacekeeping and China’s Role

  • Studying Celebrity in Popular Culture

  • Lion Cubs and the Dragon: How Important isChinafor Africa’s Economic Development?

  • Changing Dimensions of Investment and Trade Relations between Malaysia and China

  • Peru Film Festival

Participant Feedback


When I went downstairs from the third floor of the Teaching Building one afternoon, I came across a beautiful sunset through the window. It was the last lecture of that semester. I couldn't help but think of my old college life that was about 10 years ago. It was not as enjoyable then as it was during the project, even though I was with students who were much younger than me. This was my impression after finishing the last class in the Life-long Learning Project.


English Language Tutor



I’m thankful for the chance to join the Life Long Learning Project provided by FHSS, and the great learning opportunity offered by UNNC which promotes both an international perspective and the idea of contributing to local society. The concept of life-long learning is understood well here, and it makes me appreciate that life is not only about working, but also about dreams and happiness. In this regard, UNNC has helped me to pursue this.

Heming ZHAO

Human Resource Manager



Participating in this project was a unique experience. I was captivated by the English teaching environment and appreciated the study of different fields. One of the most impressive activities I was involved in was my tour to the VR laboratory. I participated in an experiment as a volunteer and had an unprecedented experience with cutting-edge technology. Since this, I believe that the future will be shaped by extremely advanced technologies.


University student


Admission Requirements for Life-long Learning Project

Recruitment Period


August every year. Please refer to the official UNNC website or FHSS WeChat account for details.



  1. Language ability - applicants should meet ONE of the following: IELTS 6.0 or above/TOEFL 79 or above/CET-6 above.

  2. Participation - lectures/events are held during the daytime from Monday to Friday. Applicants need to guarantee their participation during these hours.

Attendance Policy


Participants of the Life-long Learning Project are required to follow a strict attendance policy as regular UNNC students:

  • Attendance is taken at each lecture/event

  • Only participants with an attendance rate of above 30% can be awarded a certificate of completion

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Certificate of Completion