26 July 2019
In line with its mission to become a globally-connected university in business, management and innovation, tackling challenges and opportunities between West and East, New Beacon launched its new School of China Studies on 16th July.
Representatives from Staffordshire County Council attended the launch event to hear about the exciting plans for the future development of the New Beacon Campus linked to the emerging SINO-UK relationship which has been hailed as a new ‘Golden Age’.
The new school will be led by Professor Keith Luo whose teaching, research and consultancy experience was developed at universities in the UK, China, South Korea and Singapore.
The Beacon School of China Studies is the second academic school for New Beacon Campus as it looks to position itself as the regional centre for china studies in the Midlands in order to capitalise on the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative which was launched by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013.
Acknowledged as the ‘project of the century’, this initiative combines the Silk Road Economic ‘Belt’ and the 21st-century Maritime Silk ‘Road’ as a key strategic driver of China’s future economic growth.
President of the New Beacon Campus, Professor Richard Li-Hua said: “Given higher education’s ‘critical enabler’ role for increasing trade and investment, the new School of China Studies will strengthen and expand New Beacon’s internationally recognised, critically informed teaching and research on key aspects of contemporary China studies, particularly in the areas of economics, business management, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.”
As well as creating a unique student experience as part of its ambition to become an attractive alternative education provider, Beacon School of China Studies will draw upon its academics’ wide-ranging expertise and insights to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of China-related subjects.
Professor Luo, the Dean of the School said “working closely with Staffordshire University as our strategic partner to promote the study of China, we will develop a number of executive training courses and specialist China contextualised programmes to enhance students’ understanding of modern Chinese history, society, management, politics and culture. The School will also promote collaborative research in partnership with leading Chinese and international research institutes”.
Given Staffordshire County Council’s role within the Midlands Engine – a coalition of councils, combined authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, universities and businesses across the region, Councillor Philip Atkins, Leader of the Council and John Henderson its Chief Executive acknowledged the importance of the Beacon School of China Studies to help drive closer working relationships between Staffordshire, the Midlands and China, and the possible opportunities this could open up for Chinese businesses and investors in the region.