UCA and Xiamen University launch institution in China
University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and Xiamen University have announced that they have launched an Institute for Creativity and Innovation in China.
This new institute marks the start of a joint venture for the UK’s UCA with China’s Xiamen University.
A statement from UCA claimed this jointly-created institution marked a ‘unique’ international education partnership, with the initiative designed to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the rapidly-growing higher education market in China.
UCA will help deliver English-language courses in China
With the numerous challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic that UK universities are still facing, including reduced numbers of international students in the UK, UCA hopes that this initiative will help the institution forge new relationships in key world markets.
As a key part of the project, UCA academics will travel to China to teach an English-language syllabus.
The four courses that will be made available to the first intake of Chinese students are: BA (Hons) Digital Media Technology, BA (Hons) Visual Communication Design, BA (Hons) Advertising, and BA (Hons) Environmental Design.
Chinese government recently specified Creative & Digital sector is a ‘priority’
This project has been launched following the Chinese government’s recognition of the need to place a greater importance on the country’s creativity and innovation in higher education.
The government specified the ‘Creative & Digital Sector’ as one of the priority industries in China’s 13th National Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).
According to the British Council, 1,691,333 bachelor’s degree students enrolled in arts-based courses in 2019. This number makes up 9.7% of China’s total higher education enrolments.
According to Simon Macklin, Pro Vice-Chancellor and member of the project team at the University for the Creative Arts, the institute will showcase the UCA’s world-renowned expertise in the creative sector, in a re-imagined educational collaboration for the UK and China.
“We wanted to go beyond the idea of a branch campus to offer Chinese students something new – the chance to learn a new way of creative thinking.
“The UK is recognized worldwide as an incubator for innovative thinking and this partnership allows us to bring those skills and experience to a new generation of Chinese students and help prepare them to compete globally.”
Pic: UCA China
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