Celebrations have taken place at Manchester Town Hall and at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology to mark 10 years of pathway provision at the Sino-British College (SBC).
The University’s involvement with SBC began in 2006, as part of a collaboration between nine NCUK member universities and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.
Local and international students can complete a four-year degree at SBC, either studying entirely in China, or splitting their time between Shanghai and Manchester. Options for spending one semester or one year at Manchester Met are also available.
Manchester Met has typically enrolled around six students each year from SBC, and this number is expected to more than double for the 2016/2017 academic year because of increased International Office activity in China.
Stephen Parkin, Director of the International Office, commented: “The University’s partnership with SBC is very important to our international recruitment ambitions. Our recruitment team in China has focused on increasing Manchester Met’s profile in the Shanghai region and early figures for 2016/2017 enrolments from SBC suggest this effort has had an immediate impact.
“We look forward to working with SBC and our colleagues at NCUK to further develop our mutually beneficial partnership over the next 10 years!”
SBC’s anniversary celebrations coincide with the announcement that the institution has been shortlisted for the Educational Institutional Partnership Award as part of the British Business Awards, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
NCUK is the Northern Consortium, of which Manchester Met is a founding member along with ten other UK universities. It provides courses at more than 30 centres around the world to help prepare students to study in the UK.