UNNC Comes To Indonesia

A delegation of professors from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) came to Indonesia over the past week to increase the awareness of Indonesians about the opportunities for higher education study and business collaboration.

UNNC is China’s first Sino-foreign university. Established in 2004, it is the China campus of the University of Nottingham, a member of Britain’s elite universities known as the Russell Group. The university is committed to developing world-changing research and delivering student-centred teaching and learning.

More than 100 Indonesian students attend UNNC. They study a wide variety of courses at undergraduate, master and doctoral level. Some have received UNNC scholarships while others have won scholarships offered by the Ningbo Municipal Government.

UNNC for 2017-18 has announced a new Regional Scholarship Scheme and 15 scholarships have been allocated for Indonesia. These will be a mix of full and half tuition scholarships. This new scheme will greatly boost the scholarships UNNC awards, which last year were more than RMB 10 million (Rp 20 billion).

“UNNC’s aim during our visit was to increase the awareness of prospective Indonesian students and their parents about the opportunities for studying with us in China,” said Associate Provost for Planning, Professor Stephen Morgan. “We also seek opportunities to collaborate with academic institutions, business and industry, and build partners in learning and research.”

There are more than 7000 students on the UNNC campus at Ningbo, which is south of Shanghai. UNNC has three faculties: the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Nearly three quarters of the recent graduates have gone onto further study at the world’s leading universities in Britain, the United States, Australia and Asia, while those who have gone direct to work have found jobs quickly with Fortune 500 companies and other leading companies.

The UNNC Provost, Professor Chris Rudd, a mechanical and materials engineer whose research has created new materials for the automotive and aerospace industries, led the delegation.

Prof Rudd said he has not been to Indonesia for several years. “I was deeply impressed by the vibrant economy and strong business environment”, he said.

“Although UNNC recruits strongly in the country, we do not yet have the strong portfolio of strategic partners that we would wish for.”

“Our meetings with domestic education partners and government officials lead me to believe that UNNC brings something really special to the local market and I am firmly convinced that with strong follow up we can build a series of win-win partnerships that will support building of local capacity here in Indonesia and contribute to UNNC’s already diverse and dynamic learning community.”

Prof Rudd delivered public lectures at the University of Diponegoro and University of Indonesia on how new materials can change the lives of people. He signed MOUs with the universities of Gajah Mada in Yogjakarta and Diponegoro in Semarang.

UNNC has invested in establishing a New Materials Institute in collaboration with the local government and industry and is engaged in collaborations with China’s major aerospace firms, AVIC and COMAC. During the visit Prof Rudd had an opportunity to spend two hours with Dr Ilham Akbar Habibie to discuss development of Indonesian higher education and the aerospace industry.

Other highlights of the visit include:

  • A visit to Education Department of the Ministry of Religious Affairs where Prof Rudd discussed collaboration with the MORA’s doctoral scholarship scheme.

  • A “Power Talk” by Prof Morgan on “China’s future and the constraints on innovation” at the IPMI International Business School.

  • Visits to many schools in Jakarta that involved many different members of the UNNC team.

  • Participation in education fairs in Jakarta and Surabaya.

  • A visit to a pesantran in Tegalrejo Mangelang between Yogjakarta and Semarang where Prof Morgan gave a lecture to senior high school students on management and entrepreneurship.

The week-long visit culminated in the launching of the Indonesia Alumni Chapter on Saturday 11 March at the Gran Melia Hotel in Jakarta. The evening was attending by more than 40 UNNC alumni along with a number of students who have accepted offers to begin their studies at UNNC next September.

Further Background Information

The University of Nottingham has three campuses, in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It has been widely recognized as Britain’s most international focused university, with a commitment to developing in its students capabilities to become truly global citizens. The three campuses are:

  • Britain: about 34,000 students and 7000 staff, located in Nottingham.

  • China: about 7,200 students and 700 staff, located in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai.

  • Malaysia: about 5,500 students and 600 staff, located near Kuala Lumpur.

The 7,200 students University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) take programme in three faculties: business, humanities and social sciences, and science and engineering.

Faculty of Business has four departments:

  • Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management Systems

  • Finance and Accounting

  • International Business and Management

  • Quantitative and Applied Economics

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has six schools and two centres:

  • Centre for English Language Education

  • Language Centre

  • Contemporary Chinese Studies

  • Economics

  • Education

  • English

  • International Communications

  • International Studies

Faculty of Science and Engineering has eight departments:

  • Architecture and Built Environment

  • Chemical and Environmental Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Computer Science

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Geographical Sciences

  • Mathematical Sciences

  • Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

About Ningbo City

Ningbo City has a population of about 7.5 million people and is the home to one of the world’s top-5 largest ports, a major export and import hub for China. Historically the city was the trade gateway for exports from China to Japan, Southeast Asia and onward to the Indian Ocean. The city is a little over two hours drive from Shanghai and one-hour drive from Hangzhou, where the G20 Conference was held in September 2016. Private enterprise is at the heart of the city’s economy. Forbes Magazine has ranked it the 7th best city in China to do business.


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