As we embrace the joyous season of summer, I am thrilled to connect with you and share the latest updates and milestones from the University of Manchester China Centre. This season brings with it a sense of renewal and growth, and we are excited to celebrate our collective achievements and progress on our journey of promoting social responsibility and sustainable development in the region.
Our commitment to making a positive impact on the planet has led us to embrace innovative solutions, from sustainable design innovations to energy efficiencies and low-carbon practices. These efforts culminated in the successful launch of our Centre's low-carbon office project in April 2023, marking a significant milestone in our journey towards achieving zero carbon by 2038.
Our dedication to nurturing cultural diversity shone brightly during the 5th annual People-to-People Diplomacy event. In May 2023, we curated a captivating guided tour of the esteemed Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume, drawing over 50 overseas students from more than 20 countries. This exceptional event provided expatriates with a rare chance to immerse themselves in the opulent history of Chinese fashion and textiles, fostering an environment of cross-cultural exchange and understanding.
Lastly, we are thrilled to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the China Centre this year, and we eagerly anticipate the bicentenary anniversary of the University next year. These milestones mark moments of reflection and growth as we envision a bright future together. In September, we are honoured to welcome our University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, during her visit to China. Her visit will undoubtedly strengthen our partnerships and open new avenues for collaboration.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and belief in our vision. Together, we will continue to illuminate the path of progress, striving for a brighter, sustainable, and culturally enriched future.
The University of Manchester
The University is leading the UN's SDGs in THE University Impact Rankings
The University of Manchester has been named top in both the UK and Europe, and second in the world for meaningful contributions towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the 2023 THE University Impact Rankings.
Manchester’s top ranking comes from a record assessment of 1,705 universities from 115 countries/regions. As well as ranking first in the UK, The University of Manchester is also the only UK institution in the global top 10 and the only university in the world to rank in the top ten in every year the Impact Rankings have been running. In addition, the University attained the top spot for SDG 15 – Life on Land and was third for SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.
China Centre Successfully Held the 2023 Summer Graduation Ceremony
On 22nd July, 2023, China Centre successfully held the Summer Graduation party in Shanghai. Graduates from Manchester Global MBA, MA Educational Leadership in Practice, and MSc International Fashion Marketing gathered together in China Centre to celebrate their academic achievements over the past two years and looked forward to embarking on a new journey with excitement and joy in their hearts.
China Centre Welcomed New Intake of Manchester Global MBA
On 12th July 2023, a new intake of Manchester Global Part-time MBA students was welcomed by the China Centre team at the start of their two-year MBA journey.
The average age of the students is 38.5 years, with an average of 15 years of work experience and 8.5 years of management experience, 82% are from multinational companies. 84% of all students already hold a bachelor's degree or higher before embarking on their Global MBA journey. We are pleased to see that females are the driving force behind this intake.
China Centre Continuously Contributes in Culture Exchange
On 18th May 2023, MCulture launched its 5th People-to-People Diplomacy event, with the theme “Splendid Chinese Costumes, Ancient Chinese Charm” by hosting a guided tour of Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume. The annual signature event attracted over 50 overseas students from more than 20 countries studying in China and offered a unique experience for expats of the rich history of Chinese fashion and textiles.
China Centre Established a Low Carbon Office on the World Earth Day
On 22nd April, 2023, the World Earth Day, the University of Manchester China Centre successfully held the Low Carbon Office Establishment Ceremony. Ms. Sherry Fu, Founding Director of UoM China Centre, delivered a speech at the ceremony. Three alumni guests attended the event and shared their low-carbon environmental protection themes: Dr. Bing Sun, Chairman of Manbing Carbon Initiatives, Aileen Wei, founder of SAFONE & Zero Beauty, and Reid Lu, Vice President of Sales at Goodgifts.
China Centre Continues to Promote China-UK Educational Exchange with British Council
On the afternoon of 12th May, 2023, the University of Manchester China Centre was invited to participate in the Achieve UK-China Schools Network Day held by Achieve Education Group in Shanghai and signed an MoU on Cooperation. In the future, the two sides will have the opportunities to cooperate in summer schools, teacher training and curriculum promotion, providing high-quality international education for more students and teachers in the region. Jiang Haishan, President of the International Education Association Shanghai (IEAS), Li Weiping, Secretary-General of IEAS; Sohail Shaikh, Minister Counsellor of the British Department for Business and Trade (DBT); Liu Jing, Deputy Director of Education, Creative, Retail and Sports (China) of the DBT, Su Si, Head of Education (China) of DBT; Catherine Sinclair-Jones, Area Director of East China of Culture and Education of British Council, Cultural and Education Consul of the British Consulate General in Shanghai; Wu Zijian, former president of YK Pao School attended the event and delivered speeches.
China Centre Director: Talent Development for Financial Innovation Requires Focus on Emerging Industry Trends
On 11th July, 2023, Ms. Sherry Fu, the Director of the UoM China Centre, was invited to participate in the 2023 China-UK Financial Dialogue in Nanjing and delivered a keynote speech. The event, themed "Industry Governance, Ecological Co-construction," brought together leaders from the Nanjing Hexi Central Business District, representatives from the UK business community, prominent financial institutions, foreign enterprises, and financial experts from across the country for a series of thematic activities.
China Centre Alumni Reunion at Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Successfully Held in Beijing
On the evening of 30th June, 2023, The University of Manchester China Centre hosted a reunion party for alumni and current students in Beijing. After three long years apart, students and alumni from the Beijing region finally reunited. Over 20 alumni gathered at the iconic Manchester United Theatre of Dreams, immersing themselves in the British ambience. They embarked on a tour of the stadium, followed by a delightful dinner, where they raised glasses and reminisced about their student days and current professional journeys.
10 August | Manchester Global MBA Information Session in Chengdu Dialogue with UoM China Centre Director
Join Ms. Sherry Fu, UoM China Centre Director for an interactive session in Chengdu on 10th August, Thursday evening and find out ‘Why study for an International Part-time MBA?”
We cordially invite working professionals who are interested in enrolling in our Part-time MBA programme to attend this interactive session in Chengdu with Ms. Sherry Fu, UoM China Centre Director. During this session, Ms. Sherry Fu will be exploring The University of Manchester part-time Global MBA open to working professionals looking to study a flexible MBA whilst also working full-time. Our expert MBA recruitment team will also be available to offer application advise and fee scheme for our forthcoming intake in January 2024.
Alumni Sharing Session: How to be Successful in Crisis Management
On 28th July, Emmanuel Walter，an alumnus of The University of Manchester MBA programme, did an alumni sharing on 'How to be successful in crisis management'. Over 80 alumni joined the sharing session from both online and offline.
Emmanuel Walter is a highly accomplished and results-driven Group CFO with more than 20 years’ international experience in Europe and Asia. He has previously held various senior financial positions, with multinationals specialising in the engineering,healthcare, and TMT sectors as well as in the Chinese market, where for 8 years he worked as CFO for manufacturing businesses. He is very experienced managing JVs, mid-cap listed, and PE backed companies.
Green Finance Masterclass – ESG in Net-zero Economy
On the evening of 18th July, 2023, Mr. Ismail Erturk, Senior Lecturer from Alliance Manchester Business School delivered a masterclass titled “Managing Global Transitioning Challenges with the ESG Tool”, which focused on ESG strategic management, effective stakeholder management, and the definition and practice of a net-zero economy.
Livestream | China Centre Director Dialogue with MBA Assistant Director of AMBS
On the evening of 11th July, the University of Manchester China Centre had the privilege to invite Ms. Nia Watkin Jones, the MBA Assistant Director at Alliance Manchester Business School, along with current MBA student and seasoned business education expert to engage in an online streaming discussion. Together, they explored the significance and impact of MBA education on their professional growth.
UoM China Roundtable in Beijing: Integrated Education in China
On Sunday, 2nd July 2023, The University of Manchester China Centre hosted a remarkable roundtable discussion on "Integrated Education in China: Insight & Action" in Beijing. The event brought together guest speakers including Ms Sherry Fu, Founding Director of UoM China Centre, and current students from UoM MA Educational Leadership in Practice (ELiP) course: Ms. Lucy Di, Director of Teaching & Research at Beijing Shuren Private School, Mr. Eamonn Williams, Head of Mathematics, and Ms. Sophia Shen, ELA Teacher & KS3 Coordinator at Wellington College International Tianjin.
Financial Management Webinar: Dialogue with senior alumni Paolo Mr. Paolo Hochberger
In the evening of 20th June, Tuesday, UoM China Centre dialogued with Mr. Paolo Hochberger online who joined our MSc in Financial Management in September 2020. Mr. Hochberger shared his range of study experiences on the course in the past 2 years, his career background and how this course has helped him in his career development and transformation.
Green Finance Masterclass – Current Issues in Climate Finance
On 31st May, 2023, China Centre had the honour of inviting Professor Viet Dang, a finance expert from the Alliance Manchester Business School, to deliver a masterclass titled "Current Issues in Climate Finance" to the Centre's students, alumni, and perspective students. During this insightful event, Professor Dang focused on the current challenges in climate finance, delving deep into the impacts of climate change and discussing effective strategies to address these challenges within the financial industry.
UoM China Centre Visited Wycombe Abbey School Changzhou
On 24th May, 2023, Sherry Fu, Director of UoM China Centre, accompanied by Crystal Cheng, Senior Marketing Officer, visited Wycombe Abbey School Changzhou (WASCZ), and had a productive meeting with Dr Paul Silverwood, Headmaster, and Jonathan Barry, Deputy Head (Extension) of WASCZ. The visit was coordinated by Rita Shen, Head of the Chinese Language and Culture Faculty at WASCZ, who is also currently pursuing UoM's MA Educational Leadership in Practice (ELiP) course.
The University of Manchester China Centre Finance Career Talk – Skilling Future-Ready Finance Talent
On the afternoon of 14th May 2023, The University of Manchester China Centre hosted a panel discussion, invited alumni speakers who are experienced in different financial fields. They shared with their insights into the skills and qualities that finance professionals will be essential in the future, based on their industry experience and career development paths.
Manchester Global MBA Alumni Panel – MBA Careers in Healthcare Industry
On the evening of 12th May, China Centre hosted an exclusive panel discussion on MBA Careers in Healthcare Industry . Alumni panelists Mr. Vincent Xu, IT Director of Lianbio, and Ms. Angel Li, Associate HR Director of Fresenius Medical Care, shared their insights on:
- Opportunities in healthcare for MBAs
- Effective leadership in the healthcare industry
- Career growth with personal experience
Global Cultural and Creative IP Commercialization Workshop Held In Shanghai
On the afternoon of 18th June, 2023, the Fourth Edition event of Mcloud, China Centre’s Cultural Engagement Project - Mculture Series arrived as scheduled. Nearly twenty Manchester University alumni and guests visited PinYuanWenHua to explore and experience the theme development, exhibition, and special retail cases of cultural and creative products in the exquisite exhibition hall.
Luxury Goods Collection and Marketing Strategy Seminar
On the afternoon of 16th July, 2023, the fifth event of the China Centre's Cultural Engagement Project Series at Mcloud focused on the theme of "Luxury Goods Collection and Marketing Strategy" was held, treating the audience to a visual feast of antique jewelry and artifacts.
Auspicious Feng Shui Arrangements for the Year of the Rabbit 2023
On the afternoon of 26th February, 2023, the renowned folk culture scholar, Mr. Ye Quanfeng, was invited to the China Centre’s Cultural Engagement Project Series Salon at Mcloud. He shared insights on "Auspicious Feng Shui Arrangements for the Year of the Rabbit 2023," delivering a vivid lecture on Chinese traditional culture to everyone.