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Annual Review 2010


International Perspectives


The University continues to forge close links with higher education institutions across the world and this, together with the range of overseas activities undertaken by staff and students, ensures that its influence and distinction extends well beyond its physical boundaries.


Seven prestigious Chinese Universities were visited by a University delegation, comprising Dr Chris Haslam (Pro-Vice Chancellor), Professor Kevin Sykes (Dean of International Development), Kay Kent (Director, Corporate Development, Chester Business School) and Dr Henry Sun (Visiting Professor), to secure collaborative partnerships for staff/student exchanges and dual degree programmes in Business and Management Studies. The party also visited the Shanghai Expo, where the Liverpool Pavilion (which featured the University of Chester) was attracting over 75,000 visitors per day. Chester representatives were invited for high-level meetings with Senior Management Teams and Presidents of Universities in Shanghai (Tongji University, Jianquaio College, and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics), Wuhan (Wuhan University World Trade Organisation and Wuhan University of


Technology) and Beijing (Renmin and Peking Universities). The main partnership agreements involve students studying for the first two years of their Business degrees in China and then transferring to Chester for a further two years to complete a BA (Hons) degree. Key attractions for Chinese students coming to the University are the quality of the courses on offer at one of the UK’s oldest institutions of higher education, the five star rated student support service, its location in the historic city of Chester giving a sample of true ‘British’ life, and the opportunity for work experience with leading UK and multinational businesses in Chester and the surrounding region.


As a Trustee of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Gill Miller travelled to Lebanon to


commemorate 20 years of the Group’s work there. MAG is an international Non-Governmental Organisation which decommissions landmines, small arms and light weapons, and since the end of the 2006 conflict, has cleared more than 13 million square metres of land, helping thousands of people to return to work, replant their crops and rebuild their homes. Gill, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Development Studies, was on a fact-finding mission to support the MAG de-mining team in its work on the Israeli-Lebanese border. She represented the trustees at a gala evening of supporters and diplomats to mark the anniversary and also lobbied to maintain international funding to continue the removal of land mines and unexploded ordnance.


University delegation in China Gill Miller with members of the MAG de-mining team in Lebanon Page 63


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