Director's Message

2021 is about to close with the approaching of Christmas. This year remains complex and uncertain under the ongoing impact of global pandemic, while we would like to share with you some of our highlights.


Thanks to the great support from Dame Professor Nancy Rothwell, President of the University of Manchester, we’ve had a chance to host an unforgettable Graduation Celebration in Shenzhen,China for all the 2021 Chinese graduates of the UoM. Whilst the travel restriction kept the students away from visiting Manchester Campus, the China Centre will stand with them as always and act as a warm home.


This year, we’ve also had a series of informative and inspiring events. As an advocacy to the University’s core strategic goal in Social Responsibility, we’ve been continuously leading and participating in SDGs events in China, with a wild range of focuses including ESG, Students for Sustainability, Women Leadership and etc. In the meantime, with more UoM part-time master courses set sail via China Centre, we are extremely proud for keep bringing prestigious British tertiary education to working professionals in diverse industries in China.


While having farewell to 2021, we are sincerely looking forward to a brand new 2022 that full of transformations, challenges, and great opportunities. Together with all China Centre staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our students, alumni and partners for another spectacular year.


Wish you and your family a festive Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year!


Sherry Fu

Director, The University of Manchester China Centre


The University of Manchester Class of 2021 Graduation Celebration Held in China

14th of December is an unforgettable day for all the 2021 Chinese graduates of the University of Manchester. More than 200 fresh graduates from Greater China Region gathered together to celebrate their graduation in Shenzhen, China. More than 4,000 graduates and their parents and friends joined live-streaming ceremony. Ms Sherry Fu, joined by senior officers from China Centre and more than 20 distinguished guests and alumni joined the celebration in Shenzhen.

A Grand Graduation Party for Global MBA Students Hosted in UoM China Centre

On 22 December 2021, the University of Manchester China Centre hosted a grand graduation reception - inviting the Class of 2021 Global MBA Graduates to gather at the Centre and connecting them with Manchester through the upgraded video conferencing system.

During the reception, graduates had the chance to wear the complete academic dress that China Centre ordered from the University of Manchester, leaving their precious graduation memories with the University Logo in the front entrance as well as the Nobel Wall at the Centre.

Third Magnificent Culture (Mculture) - Jiaxing  Cultural Tour for Foreign Friends Won SORSA Outstanding Projects on People-to-people Diplomacy Activities

On 18 Dec 2021,Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association (SORSA) hosted an Annual Review Meeting for Research Centre and People-to-people Diplomacy Activites. UoM Alumni Association won SORSA Outstanding Projects on People-to-people Diplomacy Activities, for  its Third Magnificent Culture (Mculture)  Project - Jiaxing  Cultural Tour for Foreign Friends.

Ms. Sherry Fu, Founding director of UoM China Centre,Standing Committee Member of SORSA, Vice President and Secretary General of SORSA UoM Alumni Association was invited to present and share her experience in sketching, operating such a big scale event, as well as the core value behind of developing a people-to-people diplomatic platform to advance cultural exchange,to let the world know more Chinese stories.

UoM China Centre Empowers British Schools in China with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Recently, The University of Manchester China Centre is honoured to receive an appreciation video from Jo Hawley, the British Consul-General of Guangzhou, for the Centre’s contribution in supporting the sustainable development of British schools in China, and continuous efforts in bringing prestigious British education to working professions in the region.

On 5 November 2021, the British Schools Awards concluded with receptions in both Beijing and Guangzhou to announce the winners. These receptions included speeches from the British Ambassador Caroline Wilson, British Consul-General of Guangzhou Jo Hawley (patron of the British School Awards) and two UK ministers. 

The University of Manchester China Centre is proud to sponsor the Students for Sustainability Award, which is in recognition of the best student sustainability project that truly showcases the students’ innovative thought, design skills and true understanding of the impact sustainability projects have on our environment and communities.

UoM Leading the World on Sustainable Development

On 9 September 2021, the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai (BritCham Shanghai) held its inaugural Sustainability and ESG Summit 2021, themed ‘Let’s make our future together’, at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.

Head of China Office of UN Global Compact Ms Meng Liu, British Consul-General Shanghai Chris Wood, and BritCham Shanghai Chair Ray Chisnall attended and delivered speeches at the Summit. Managing Director of China Centre, the University of Manchester Ms Sherry Fu attended the Summit featured six keynote speeches and four panel discussions with nearly 30 speakers. COP26 High Level Champion Nigel Topping, and Global CEO of Unilever Alan Jope, both sent over video messages.

UoM was invited to share experience in blended learning for China Annual Conference for International Education & Expo

As a part of China Annual Conference for International Education & Expo, the UK-China Higher Education Workshop – Blended Teaching and Learning was successfully hosted in Beijing on 21 Oct 2021, attracting more than 100 representatives from Chinese and British universities.

Ms. Sherry Fu, Director of UoM China Centre was invited to attend the workshop as the guest speaker of roundtable discussion, to share her insights on Blended Learning with senior government officials and experts from HE institutions from China and the UK.

China Centre Empowers International Education and Women Leadership

As the co-organizer of the 2nd Summit of Women Leadership in International Schools,The University of Manchester (UoM) China Centre co-hosted a series of prestigious events together with International Schools Online (ISO). The summit offered a platform for industry experts, principals and experienced educators in China international education sector to share their cutting-edge insights and build up industrial connections.

UoM China Centre Director shared The University’s SDGs initiatives

On October 24, 2021, the "City Carbon Neutrality" Frontier Salon and "Carbon Hub" Product Launch was successfully held in Shanghai. Managing Director of the University of Manchester China Centre, Ms. Sherry Fu was invited to the conference and delivered her keynote speech. 

Local Conference Hosted for MA Educational Leadership in Practice

On 28-30 September 2021, the University of Manchester China Centre held the second academic conference for the students of the part-time MA Educational Leadership in Practice course. During the three-day conference, the upgraded China Centre delivered a blended approach by having an enriched physical “classroom” in parallel with a live virtual element connecting directly with the academics in Manchester. 

In additional to the academic conference, China Centre invited senior education expert, Ms. Maxine Lu, General Principal of Shanghai Xiehe Education Center. Ms. Lu shared with the students her thoughts on “the Reflection on the Integration of Eastern and Western Education”. The session was also held in blended format, with face-to-face interaction and livestreaming. 

China Centre Awarded Global Talent Development Star Institution

From 8th to 9th December, the 9th Tencent Business School Development Forum was successfully held online.

The University of Manchester China Centre, has won the award of "Global Talent Development Star Institution of the year of 2021", which is undoubtedly a recognition of its contribution to the promotion of higher education and business exchanges between China and the UK in the past thirteen years. Ms. Sherry Fu, Founding Director of UoM China Centre has been recognized with award “China Business Education Influencer of the year of 2021”.

UoM China Centre Finance Insight: Company Visit to Panlin Capital

In the afternoon of 10th December, The University of Manchester China Centre, alongside PANLIN CAPITAL, a Top 100 Best China Venture VC firm has brought powerful ideas and original thinking in a Finance Insight session to take an in-depth look at venture capital and boutique investment.

During the session, Mr. LI YUHUI, Founding Managing Partner and Chairman of PANLIN shared his insightful understanding of “boutique investing” and Panlin’s investment practice focusing on technology and innovation.

Manchester Global MBA Sports Mini Camp and Alumni Networking

On 5th December afternoon, UoM China Centre the first Manchester Movement Sports Camp collaborating with Orangetheory Fitness. During the event, Manchester Global MBA alumni, Jan. 2022 new intake students and perspective candidates joined the session for a group-based workout. Also, alumni representatives shared their study journey at the University.

Forum on Educational Leadership and International Education Held in Changsha

On 26 – 27 November, in late autumn of Changsha city, a delegation from The University of Manchester China Centre had a fruitful dialogue with local headmasters and experts in international education industry.

On 26 November, upon the warm welcome from headmaster Mr. Adam McRoy, Ms. Sherry Fu, Director of the UoM China Centre visited the Cogdel Cranleigh International School in Changsha.  In the afternoon of 27 November, UoM China Centre has invited Ms. Sharon Wang, Deputy Director of Changsha Lushan Sino-Canadian School, together with Mr. Adam McRoy and Ms. Sherry Fu to deliver an industry roundtable that focuse on international education in Changsha. 

Business Insight Event Review| From Outsiders to Insiders

In the evening of Monday 22nd November, The University of Manchester China Centre has invited Alexander Barton, alumnus of Manchester Global MBA, Managing Director at Intralink and Cedric Devroye, Senior Vice President at United Trademarks Group to share their thoughts and ideas with a focus on "contemporary business in China". This business insight event has attracted more than 100 audiences to register from more than 10 countries worldwide. We handpicked 40 among them to join UoM China Centre, meanwhile, this event was also live-streamed on Tencent Meeting App.

Executive Chief Editor of The Economist Global Business Review Chen Wu Dialogue with Renowned Scholar Professor Guoqi Xu: View the World from a perspective of “ Shared History”

On 11 Nov. 2021Manchester Cloud M'Cloud)together with The Economist , hosted a dialogue entitled Understand the World from a perspective of Shared History at The University of Manchester China. Moderated by Sherry Fu, Director of UoM China Centre,Mr. Chen Wu, executive chief editor of The Economist Global Business Review, had a in-depth dialogue with Professor Guoqi Xu, professor of The University of Hong Kong and a world famous scholar in history studies.

From Netherland to China | Nuki’s Fashion Adventure

On 22 Oct. 2021,The University of Manchester China Centre has invited the Dutch contemporary artist CK Chiu to share his insights in arts and marketing. During the event, CK brought an inspiring sharing with cutting edge topics including:

  • How to build a brand from scratch
  • How to do a great storytelling
  • How to stay competitive as an independent streetwear brand
  • How to communicate with influencers and celebrities

Keynote Speech by Mr. WU Chen: Transformational Thinking in the Next Decade

In the afternoon of 17th October, Mr. WU Chen, Managing Director, The Economist Global Business Review, was invited to be a guest speaker at The University of Manchester China Centre. During his keynote speech, he shared his ideas on the transformational thinking in 2020's and the three biggest trends for the next decade.

Manchester Global MBA Alumni Industry Sharing: The Future of Talent

In the afternoon of 25th September 2021, The UoM China Centre hosted a Alumni Industry Sharing Session. The guest speaker Ms. Serena Yu, senior alumna of Manchester Global MBA programme, Partner-Consumer/New Economy, CGL Consulting Co., Ltd, shared her insight of talent development in digital transformation and e-commerce industry. With profound experience in head hunter and consulting companies, Serena offered practical inspirations to build one's core competitiveness in the workplace.

Study Tips and Experience Sharing Session

On the evening of 25th August, China Centre Student Support Team invited Mr Andy Qi, Distinction Graduate of the Year 2020 and Ms Constance Chen, Distinction Graduate of the Year 2021 to share their study tips and experience in the MBA journey. Apart from sharing valuable courses in their eyes, Andy and Constance also stressed the importance of making correct reference and talked about how to achieve balance among study, work, personal well-being and family responsibilities in two years.

Online MBA Lecture: Digital Valuations in the Age of The Digital Revolution

On the evening of 17th Nov., Malcolm Smith, Star Professor of Manchester Global MBA delivered an online sample lecture.

Malcolm acts as non-executive Director to young, growth companies and teaches on the Manchester MBA programme. After 30 years in corporate life, Malcolm now has thas now been given the opportunity to pass on his learnings to a new generation of managers. During the event, Malcolm provided an ideal opportunity for working professionals across the globe to have a taste of teaching and experience in our renowned MBA workshops,  which are central to the unique blended learning delivery on our Manchester Global MBA.

Webinar: MSc Financial Management: Dialogue with leading academics – Course Insight Session

In the evening of 11th Nov., 2021, Course Director of MSc Financial Managemen Dr. Amedeo De Cesari and Academic Unit Lead Professor Arif Khurshed e-met perspective students and financial professionals across the glob through a inspiring webinar. 

During the events, Dr. Cesari and Prof.Khurshed provided information about benefits of studying this Master's in Financial Management including:

  • Course aims
  • Course units
  • Benefits of studying at The Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Virtual learning environment
  • The benefits of studying a part-time, online and blended course

Become a Global Fashion Expert | MSc International Fashion Marketing - Invest in your future

In the evening of Wednesday 13 October 2021, Barbara Waters, a lecture with over 30 years’ experience teaching and researching in International Fashion Marketing, an Hazel Craven, Course advisor, discussed the Online and Blended Learning course, MSc International Fashion Marketing via a online webinar.  Through this webinar, perspective students were able to find out more about this innovative course and how it will advance and enhance their career in the fashion industry, making them a global fashion expert.

Webinar: The Voice of Alumni - Manchester Global Part-time MBA

In the evening of Thursday 2nd September, The University of Manchester China Centre hosted a fantastic online panel of Manchester Global MBA alumni about their range of experiences on the programme, their backgrounds and how the programme took their career to the next step.

UoM China Centre Signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Manbing Techonology

On 10 Dec, 2021, Ms. Sherry Fu, Director of UoM Chinae Centre hosted a delegation from Manbing Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. to visit the Centre. The delegation was led by Dr. Bing Sun, Founder and CEO of Manbing Techology, who is also a outstanding alumnus of The university of Manchester, with a PHD of Planning & Environmental Management.


After the graduation from SEED UoM, Dr. Sun and his Manbing Technology dedicated to construct a digital industrial platform, with a focus on carbon neutral. To advocate the University's commitment in UN's sustainable development and its core strategic goal in Social Responsibility, UoM China Centre signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Manbing Techonology, with a target of comprehensively contribute in sustainable development, as well as build a Sino-British bridge for national "carbon peak and neutrality" strategy.

Alumni Event | Swap Party for Sustainability

In the afternoon of 23rd Oct., The University of Manchester China Centre hosted a swap party for the alumni communities. It was a great chance for us to get rid of those stuff we don't need in a sustainable way. Everyone who joined the party brought 1-3 old items and successfully found them a new home.  Moderated by UoM alumna Aileen, Two KOL guest speakers shared inspiring thoughts on sustainability and sustainable lifestyle.

Health Care Industry Panel Discussion: Minimally Invasive Digitalization and Intelligence

In the morning of 23rd Oct., Dr. LI Jian, senior alumnus of Manchester Global MBA,  hosted a panel discussion on the topic of "Minimally invasive digitalization and intelligence: trends and opportunities for innovation in precision surgery", joint by experts in the industry at The University of Manchester China Centre.