Studies in China for students awarded scholarships

From China's environment and wildlife, to its media, laws and fashion, students from across Nottingham Trent University have been learning the Mandarin language to help them follow their interests in the country.

From China's environment and wildlife, to its media, laws and fashion, students from across Nottingham Trent University have been learning the Mandarin language to help them follow their interests in the country after being awarded this year's Vice-Chancellor's Mandarin Scholarships.

The group of 10 students travelled to China for four weeks this summer to study Mandarin language courses at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). They lived on campus at BLCU and studied Mandarin speaking, writing, listening and reading for four hours per day, Monday to Friday. They also had the opportunity to go on sight-seeing trips at the weekend.

The successful students came from a range of Nottingham Trent University courses, covering journalism, biological sciences, forensic psychology, fashion, business, law and international relations.

One of the ten scholars is BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences student, Abigail Smith, who said: "As I wish to peruse a career in Environmental Management, studying Mandarin in China gave me a chance to study China's approach to the environment. Although nature is regarded highly in Chinese culture, the rapid industrialisation of the country means environmental health is low, making it the perfect place to study the effects of pollution, and the environmental management of the country."

Learning Mandarin will help to improve my opportunities to work with journalists from around the world.

Ryan Johns, BA (Hons) Print Journalism

Ryan Johns, who is studying on the BA (Hons) Print Journalism course, also travelled to China. He said: “The opportunity to explore China allowed me to develop my understanding of the Chinese media and how it operates with its restrictions. I was interested to see how newsgathering techniques differ from the UK, and how the media represent issues and what impact this has on society. Learning Mandarin will help to improve my opportunities to work with journalists from around the world, and will open many doors to develop my career internationally."

The time spent in Beijing is the perfect springboard for them to follow their various interests in China when they graduate.

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said: "These scholarships are designed to give our students the chance to experience Chinese language and culture first hand. This group included many different areas of study and the time spent in Beijing, along with their improved language skills, is the perfect springboard for them to follow their various interests in China when they graduate."

BLCU is one of China's most prestigious universities, located in the heart of Beijing. It specialises in teaching Mandarin to foreign students and attracts students from all over the world. The scholarships, run through the University's School of Arts and Humanities, cover return flights, tuition fees and accommodation.

Studies in China for students awarded scholarships

Published on 25 August 2015
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