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UNNC supports Chinese train giant to go global


Mr Zhang Liming speaking at the launch ceremony

At the March 6th opening ceremony, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) launched its 7th Advanced International Talent Development Programme, targeting middle to high-level management from CRRC Corporation Limited. This event was hosted by Nottingham University Business School China with support from the Centre for English Language Education. 152 new participants joined the 2018 programme, and will form a total alumni pool of 667 talents.

CRRC is a major rail product supplier in China and the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world. It is also a key player in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which advocates improved connectivity among Eurasian countries. By winning overseas contracts, the company has embarked on a fast track expansion of its global market share. CRRC project leaders on the programme will acquire business management skillsets in a cross-cultural environment, enabling them to work successfully in overseas markets.

The participants take on-campus courses for the initial four months, focusing on business English and customised business management modules. Following this, they will spend about one month overseas visiting selected companies for job shadowing and to explore potential partnerships. CRRC’s subsidiary in Lincoln, UK, is on the visit list as well as other visits to companies in Nottingham and the English Midlands. Visits to companies in the US and Germany are also in the plan.

This programme marks the extended partnership between CRRC and UNNC in delivering executive education. With UNNC’s global connections, the programme combines the educational strengths of both UK and China, and allows courses to be tailored to the specific needs of CRRC managers.

“UNNC has devoted many years to training our top talents and we appreciate it very much,” said Mr Zhang Liming, Deputy Director of CRRC HR Department, at the launch ceremony. “We chose UNNC for its world-class faculty, facilities and the diverse campus culture. This is exactly the kind of environment we need to develop cross-cultural management skills.”

Mr Wang Hongqiang, General Manager of Ningbo CRRC Company, revealed his wish to deepen the partnership beyond executive education. “The University of Nottingham has world-leading research capabilities in developing technologies for transport electrification, and the University of Nottingham Ningbo China brings this knowledge and talent close to us,” said Mr Wang Hongqiang. “We can do more in applying research to practice collaboratively.”

At the opening ceremony, UNNC Provost Chris Rudd commented on the partnership with CRRC as a life-long friendship. “With the University’s relevant research strengths, there are yet broader opportunities for us to cooperate,” said Professor Rudd.

Also at the ceremony, Professor Martin Lockett, the Dean of Nottingham University Business School China, introduced the programme as one that is backed by its 100 faculty from 27 countries and regions.  A taster keynote speech on “High Speed Rail Propels China to Be a World Superpower” was given by Professor Shujie Yao, a Li Dak Sum Chair Professor of the Business School and Director of Nottingham Confucius Institute China Ningbo Branch.

Posted on 8 March 2018