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Sheffield Success in Shanghai

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Alumni from across The University of Sheffield and the Management School recently enjoyed an exclusive reception hosted at the Sino-British College (SBC) in Shanghai on 7th May.

Around 30 guests gathered for the reception in the English Tearoom on Campus at SBC, which is located right at the heart of the French Quarter of Shanghai. The Tearoom has recently been renovated and is popular with Management Students as an events venue and a great place to experience a taste of British culture.

As one of the core UK partner universities of the Sino-British College in Shanghai, the University of Sheffield launched a new Business Management degree at SBC in December 2010, with the presence of Professor Keith Burnett, FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University. This has been seen as a milestone in the partnership between Sheffield and SBC/USST for international higher educational cooperation. The THES world university ranking in recent years confirms that the University of Sheffield ranks much higher than other UK universities that are running major Sino-British JV institutions in mainland China.

The reception began with a welcome from Professor Keith Burnett who gave an update on the recent achievements and developments at The University and Management School and thanked alumni for their continuing support.  Professor Ian Gow OBE, Principal and CEO of SBC and himself an alumnus of The University of Sheffield continued with a short speech welcoming guests to SBC.  Guests then had the chance to meet fellow alumni and speak with partners and colleagues from the University and SBC. Five SBC students who are currently studying the Sheffield Business Management degree served at the event as student volunteers. Guests were impressed by their highly proficient English and communicative skills and also the quality of services they delivered.  The reception was also attended by the Registrar of The University of Sheffield, Dr Philip Harvey; Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Management School; Mr Ian Proctor, Head of Business Development and External Relations Affairs Management School; Professor Bradley Barnes, Associate Dean for Internationalisation Management School.

Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012 Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012

Professor Ian Gow said: “As a former Sheffield graduate, and former Chairman of the School of Management and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Sheffield, I am delighted to see the great progress that the School of Management is making and especially its recent AACSB approval making the School of Management one of the very few business schools in the United Kingdom or indeed Europe, holding the coveted triple accreditation in the field of business and management. We are absolutely delighted to host this first alumni event for Sheffield School of Management on our campus in central Shanghai, especially during the inaugural year of the new Sheffield Business and Management degree being delivered at SBC. In three years time, SBC students will be completing the Sheffield degree here and becoming Sheffield alumni. We are also delighted to welcome back the Vice Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett, and Dr Philip Harvey, the very first NCUK Registrar to visit our campus.”

The University of Sheffield has a long established relationship with China and it has been welcoming students for many decades. The Management School is proud to be a part of this collaborative partnership and is very much looking forward to working more closely with our partners in China in the future. “Alumni Relations at the Management School are continuing to develop.  We are dedicated to building our alumni networks and delivering a range of valuable social and professional networking events, and creating a vibrant alumni community that all of our alumni members are proud to be a part of. The reception in Shanghai was a great opportunity to re-introduce alumni and partners in China into the work of The University of Sheffield and the Management School,” said Professor Lenny Koh.

Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012

The Management School will be hosting a programme of alumni networking events over the coming year and looks forward to further developing our collaborative work with our partners, alumni and supporters in China.

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Business Interest Event: ‘Hong Kong on Trial’

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Have you conducted business in Hong Kong or China, or are you about to undertake some work in Hong Kong or China or have a real business interest in the region?

If so, you are invited to attend a fascinating, unique event ‘Hong Kong on Trial.’ In the style of mock court proceedings, experienced advisers will be debating the following statement: ‘Investing in Hong Kong is still an essential gateway to doing business in China.’

The event will take place at the Moot Court Room at the University of Sheffield on Tuesday 15 November 2011.  Two teams of experienced advisors will present arguments FOR and AGAINST the case and will call upon witnesses in support of their arguments. The witnesses will be seasoned investors with real stories and examples of establishing businesses in Hong Kong and/or mainland China. A judge will keep order on what will be an enlightening mock trial.

As a member of the audience, your role as the Jury will be most important; you will cast a vote based on what you hear providing the verdict for the day on whether the statement ‘Investing in Hong Kong is still
an essential gateway to doing business in China’ is true or false.

A wide range of topics will be covered as part of the mock court proceedings, including:

  • Characteristics of the Chinese Market
  • The benefits of using Hong Kong as an intermediary jurisdiction
  • Company set up and maintenance differences between Hong Kong and mainland China
  • Intellectual Property: where to hold your IP rights
  • Taxes and finances: How does Hong Kong assist with cash extraction for your business in mainland China?
  • Laws and regulations: What are the key benefits in using the Hong Kong legal system when your business is in mainland China?
  • Business culture and people
  • Key risk issues when investing in mainland China and whether Hong Kong can reduce these risks

The timetable of events is as follows:

  • 5:30 pm Registration
  • 6:00 pm Mock court proceedings begin, followed by: opening statements, presentation of cases, questioning of witnesses, closing statements, jury’s verdict, audience questions and feedback.
  • 8:00 pm Buffet

To register
To register your place, please email Joanna Lavan at

Please note: Due to restricted space in the court room places are limited so priority will be given to HK-UK Business Forum members and then on a first come basis.

Sheffield to deliver business degree in Shanghai

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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).