School of Mathematics developing international links with Jinan University

The University of Birmingham hosted a delegation from Jinan University (JNU) in Guangzhou, China, on 20 October 2015 to develop a joint international education institute.

This institute will initially focus on the teaching of degree programmes in Mathematics, Mathematics with Economics and Finance, Mathematics with Information Computing, and Mathematics with Statistics.  Students will be based on the JNU campus, with University of Birmingham staff from the School of Mathematics delivering the teaching both on site and through distance learning.  It is expected that the first cohort of students will start in autumn 2016.

Professor Jon Frampton, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for China and Director of the China Institute said, “This is a signature initiative for the University of Birmingham in its engagement with China and a new way to deliver transnational education.  We are very fortunate to be working with our JNU colleagues, whose enthusiasm for this project gives it a very high chance of success.”

Jinan University group

“Today’s meeting was crucial in preparation for the approval defence that will take place with the Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing later this year.  We anticipate that the degrees taught in the joint institute will represent a paradigm for the education of foreign students abroad, helping to secure Birmingham’s position as a leading internationalized university”.

The JNU delegation, led by Professor Jiang Shuzhuo, met with staff from the University of Birmingham to discuss timelines and the future collaborative working between the two institutions. Before leaving they were able to visit the Qur’an exhibition currently underway in the Bramall Music Building and take a tour of the campus.