University of Nottingham Ningbo China
15 year anniversary
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The University of Nottingham Ningbo China Timeline

The University of Nottingham has always recognised that groundbreaking teaching and research should not be constrained by geographical boundaries. Our international strategy enables our academic staff to work with the best in the world, wherever they happen to be located, and enables students from around the world to benefit from a University of Nottingham education.

Throughout its 15-year history the University of Nottingham Ningbo China has been at the forefront of this international strategy, breaking new ground and expanding the potential for international education.

2000

Chinese academician Professor Yang Fujia is appointed Chancellor of the University of Nottingham and inaugurated on 1 January 2001. With Vice-Chancellor Sir Colin Campbell, Professor Yang would become instrumental in establishing the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).

 

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2003

February

New legislation in China is passed that permits the establishment of Sino-foreign universities. The University of Nottingham is the first foreign university to receive a license to operate a joint venture campus under this legislation.

 

 

2004

March

The University of Nottingham and Zhejiang Wanli Education Group sign the Memorandum of Understanding that will establish UNNC.

The Chinese Ministry of Education approves plans to establish UNNC. 

April

The groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the construction of the campus in the Higher Education Park in Ningbo’s Yinzhou district.

September

UNNC admits its first preliminary year students using accommodation on the campus of Zhejiang Wanli University. 

2005

May

The Chinese Ministry of Education grants permission for UNNC to open its campus and recruit undergraduate students.

September

On an official visit to China, British Prime Minister Tony Blair endorses UNNC in a broadcast for China

Central Television from Beijing.

 

2006

February 

The University’s 144 acre campus is officially opened by Dr Chen Zhili, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China, and the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. They plant Chinese and British trees as a symbol of the partnership between the two countries. 

Xi Jinping, Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province and now President of China, visits the University and gives a speech. 

April

The Chinese Ministry of Education approves UNNC to award masters degrees.  

2007

January

The University holds its first postgraduate graduation ceremony.

 

 

 

2008

May 

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) is opened in China’s first carbon-neutral building. The building, based on the shape of a Chinese lantern, provides research laboratories for staff and postgraduate students working on zero carbon and alternative energy solutions for both domestic and non-domestic buildings. 

July 

The University holds its first undergraduate graduation ceremony. 

December

UNNC is granted a license to accept PhD students by the Chinese Ministry of Education. 

2009

October 

The first group of PhD students begin their studies at UNNC.

 

 

 

 

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2010

October

UNNC students are awarded second place at the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) World Cup, a competition to encourage university students to come up with socially responsible business concepts. 

 

 

 

 

 

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2011

April

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pays a surprise visit to the University. He says: “I am very happy to be here to see international and Chinese students learning together and developing together. The location is here, but the University has a world view, so students also have a global perspective.” 

June

UNNC hosts the University’s Tri Campus Games for the first time. The games bring together athletes from all three Nottingham campuses to compete across multiple sports. 

2012

April

The International Doctoral Innovation Centre opens to train more than 100 research leaders to play key roles in energy technologies and digital economy.

 

 

 

2013

May

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s review of transnational education in China finds that the University has achieved its goal of providing students with the ‘Nottingham experience’ in China. It noted that the University was an “impressive achievement” and praised UNNC’s “fruitful” relationships with other Chinese universities and the positive impact it has had on Ningbo city.

August

The University, Ningbo Municipal Government and Zhejiang Wanli Education Group sign a £25m cooperative agreement to create the International Academy for the Marine Economy and Technology at UNNC. 

November

UNNC’s first PhD students graduate.

 

2015

January

Our alumnus QIU Jiayi, BSc Architectural Environment Engineering, is named among 'inspirational' Chinese people worldwide by Phoenix TV, a Hong Kong-based TV network.

May

UNNC New Materials Institute is officially launched.

 

2016

July

Sherin Abu Taleb, Business, year 3, WANG Ping and LI Xiaoting, International Communications, year 4, win international marketing award in Paris.

December

UNNC sets to recruit LI Dak Sum Chair Professors, a key initiative towards advancing the University’s teaching, research, knowledge exchange and global engagement.

 

 

 

 

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2017

May

The University of Nottingham UK, UNNC and Yuyao Industrial Park agrees to jointly establish the Nottingham Electrification Centre to conduct innovative, world-class research.

August

UNNC alumnus, Cheng Chen, MSc Entrepreneurship is named in Forbes' "30 under-30" list, which recognises young leaders in business and industry.

October

PhD student XIE Linjun receives the "Green Talents" award from German government. 

December

Hong Kong-based businessman and philanthropist Dr. Li Dak Sum has donated RMB 100 million to support entrepreneurship and innovation at UNNC. UNNC incubator nurturing the start-up companies was renamed Li Dak Sum Incubator to acknowledge Dr. Li's contribution.

 

2018

January

Business School lecturer Michele Geraci is appointed as Under-Secretary for Economic Development in the newly formed Italian government. 

August

Two UNNC alumni, Belle Chen, BSc International Business Management and Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, MSc Entrepreneurship are named in Forbes' "30 under-30" list, which recognises young leaders in business and industry.

Passing Hope, a UNNC charity project focuses on sports education for disadvantaged children and has built 21 football pitches for primary schools in the west of China. 

November

The Duke of York unveils new innovation centre at UNNC.

UNNC launches the Nottingham China Health Institute, a multidiscipline research body focused on meeting the needs of the rapidly changing 21st century healthcare system in China.

 

2019

April

UNNC celebrates 15 years since its establishment.

 

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