5 September 2019
On 26th August 2019, New Beacon Campus (NBC), based in Stafford, UK signed an MOU with Peihua University (PU), an independent university based in Xi’an, a high profile Chinese higher education institution, northwestern China.
As an independent higher education provider in the UK, NBC aspires to become a globally-connected university in the fields of business, management and innovation, tackling challenges and opportunities between the East and the West, developing future leaders and managers. Based on the former campus of Staffordshire University (SU) in the city of Stafford, as a strategic partner with SU, NBC intends to raise its global profile and impact through quality teaching, research and innovation at the cutting-edge, as well as contributing to local social and economic development through forging strong partnerships with local authorities, industries, academic institutes and communities. Today, NBC is a fully-accredited centre and partner of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the Northern Consortium UK (NCUK) and the Scottish Qualification Authorities (SQA). Apart from SQA’s four Advanced Diploma programmes, we are also co-branding with SU to deliver EDP and DBA programmes at New Beacon Campus and in China, along with some of its undergraduate and postgraduate business/management programmes (subject to modification and revalidation) through the strategic partnership we have formed with SU.
Peihua University, on the other hand, is the first independent HEI in northwestern China which has been granted Bachelor’s degree awarding power by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Today, it boasts nine schools and two affiliated hospitals, covering both diploma and undergraduate programmes ranging from sciences, engineering, medicine, economics and finance to arts, education and legal studies, with a total enrollment of approximately 22,000 students.
According to the MOU, PU will set up its first overseas campus, the UK Campus of Xi’an Peihua University, at NBC in Stafford. Both sides will co-operate in such areas as student and faculty exchanges, credit transfer, staff and student exchange, study visits by corporate managers and researchers, publications of research outcomes, and international conferences/seminars on specialised topics.
Dr. Jiang Bo highlighted at the signing ceremony that the strategic co-operation between the two institutions will be further strengthened and the co-operation areas will be further enriched. The co-operation between Peihua and New Beacon will open up an innovative model of Sino-UK education and teaching co-operation, build a platform for Sino-UK education and teaching co-operation and embark on the road to internationalisation, global engagement, innovation and open education.
At the signing ceremony, Professor Li Hua emphasised that the strategic co-operation agreement reached with Peihua University will help New Beacon campus to accelerate the establishment of its higher education institutions and realise its goals of development of future leaders and managers, innovation and entrepreneurial talents.