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Sheffield to deliver business degree in Shanghai

The University of Sheffield has been granted a licence by the Chinese Government to deliver a Business Management degree in the vibrant and dynamic city of Shanghai.

The new agreement will see forty students completing a four-year degree programme at the Sino-British College (SBC), a HE joint venture between the Northern Consortium of Universities (of which Sheffield is a founder member) and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. The first two years of the degree, which will include a foundation year, will be spent in Shanghai.

The students will then spend their third year of study at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Studying part of the degree in the United Kingdom will provide both Chinese and British business students the opportunity to work closely together and share knowledge of two of the world´s major economies.

The final year of study will be based back in Shanghai. The campus is ideally located for studying a business degree as it is situated in the heart of the beautiful French Quarter in Shanghai, the largest centre of commerce and finance in mainland China. Shanghai has been described as the “showpiece” of the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

Upon completion of the degree, the students will be awarded a BA in Business Management from the University of Sheffield.

The University of Sheffield has a long established relationship with China and it has been welcoming students for many decades, with the first known Chinese student graduating in 1967.

The new degree programme will be the first of several potential collaborations in teaching and research between the University of Sheffield and universities in China and Shanghai. It is intended that the new agreement will also provide UK students with the opportunity to study abroad at the Shanghai campus.

Professor Keith Glaister, the Dean of the University´s Management School, said: “The Management School is proud to be part of this very important development for the University. Internationalisation is central to the School´s strategy. We are delighted to be working closely with SBC and look forward to building on this collaboration in future.”

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “The University of Sheffield is delighted to announce this new and important venture in China. The Sino-British College is one of only three institutions in China to have been awarded a licence by the Chinese Government to deliver full UK degrees taught entirely in English in their country. The University has a long-term commitment to developing stronger academic relations with China. I look forward to building on this relationship and to seeing our students graduate with their degrees in the near future.”

Professor Ian Gow OBE, Principal of the Sino-British College, added: “Sino-British College is delighted that the University of Sheffield, a world-class university, has agreed to offer its degree to be taught in Shanghai. We look forward to working closely with its internationally recognised School of Management and to providing further support to Sheffield in its teaching and research strategy for Shanghai and for China.”

Notes for Editors: The Sino-British College (SBC), Shanghai, is a unique collaboration between 9 UK universities who are all owners of NCUK and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST).

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