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New teaching building heralds golden era, says UK Minister


The opening of a new teaching building on The University of Nottingham, Ningbo China signals a new “golden era” in UK-China relations, according to a British government minister.

Nick Gibb MP, the UK Minister for Schools, officially opened the new building on Thursday, during his tour of The university of Nottingham, Ningbo China.

Named after the late Nottingham University Chancellor Lord Dearing, the new teaching building is expected to bolster education training courses at the University and to support academic exchanges between the UK and China.

During the ceremony, Mr Gibbs praised the University for the role it had played in forging improved bilateral relations. “The University, through its campus here in Ningbo, has helped build a bridge between the UK and China, across which collaboration and prosperity have flowed for over a decade,” he said.

Mr Gibbs even evoked the words of UK Chancellor George Osborne, who has described The University of Nottingham as “a real trailblazer”.

“Here we have one bridge, Mr Gibb said “that connects the people, talent and ideas located in our two great nations – founded on the global principles of sharing education and knowledge.”

Mr Gibb was welcomed by Provost Chris Rudd, who praised the initial 2004 student intake for playing their part in the success of The University. “They believed in a dream,” he said, ‘which has today become the reality of nearly 7,000 students from over 70 countries.”

The UK minister also greeted by student representatives, University academics and local officials.

The visit was organised by the British Council, the Zhejiang Education Department and Ningbo Education Bureau, as part of an ongoing project aimed at learning from China’s world-leading teaching of mathematics.

Posted on 31 March 2016