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Hundreds of Chinese students have registered to attend Ulster College in Xi’an China this academic year in an international partnership that will bring together the teaching expertise of Ulster University and Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST).

Situated in Shaanxi Province in Northern China, Ulster College opened this week and offers Chinese students Ulster University’s undergraduate programmes in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Technology with Design and Computer Science. Courses will have a focus on practical skills, informed by research, employer feedback and professional body standards to ensure Ulster College students will graduate with industry-ready skills to secure a graduate job. Students studying at Ulster College will also have the option to complete part of their degree at Ulster University’s Belfast or Jordanstown campuses.

Speaking at the official launch of Ulster College Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University commented;

“The establishment of Ulster College at SUST in Xi’an, China deepens the strong and longstanding partnership between our two institutions and further strengthens Ulster University’s international education export efforts. The innovative education provision from Ulster University taught at Ulster College will equip Chinese students with the skills and knowledge to navigate Shaanxi Province’s growth sectors of computing and communication and the electronic equipment and manufacturing industry. The teaching provision will be led by internationally recognised Professors’ Jim McLaughlin and Chris Nugent who are at the forefront of their field in engineering and computing. There will also be cross-institution learning and research opportunities for international and domestic students alike which will strengthen our ties with China, one of our region’s biggest global partners.”

The opening ceremony of Ulster College was attended by government & education officials as well as senior Ulster University staff.

Since 2014 Ulster University has secured £7.6million in funding for computer related research for 84 projects across a range of sectors and prioritises research-based teaching for students. 90% or Ulster University’s computing research has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent and Ulster is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering.