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Student Engagement with the Local Chinese Community: A pilot programme. Bin Wu School of Contemporary Chinese Studies [email protected] Why is this topic important?. Working experience and employability: needs of Chinese and non-Chinese students in SCCS and beyond.

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Student Engagement with the Local Chinese Community: A pilot programme

Bin Wu

School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

[email protected]


Why is this topic important?

  • Working experience and employability: needs of Chinese and non-Chinese students in SCCS and beyond.

  • “Social laboratory” for students to understand Chinese society and work with stakeholders

  • “Manifesto for Public Engagement” signed by the University requests all School’s actions

  • Needs of Chinese community development


Focus on local Chinese community

  • Collaboration with local stakeholders

  • Benefits to student learning process

  • Special needs of Chinese students

  • Economic consideration


What have we done so far?

  • Nottingham Student Network for Chinese Migrants (2010)

  • Collaboration with Dr LIU Kaiming (ICO) on the empowerment of Chinese migrant workers in China and the UK (RDF project)

  • Strategic links with stakeholders 0 within university, local councils, NGOs and Chinese community organisations, etc.

  • Annual Fund Project, NCI network and NAA Module

  • A special panel within IFCCS4 with theme: University engagement with Chinese society.


What does NCI do?

  • Promoting global citizenship education In the UK, China and beyond

  • Fostering cross-cultural communication between Chinese and non-Chinese communities

  • Liaising with stakeholders for Chinese community development, social cohesion/integration and empowerment of vulnerable migrants

  • Hosting/supporting the Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA) module and voluntary students to deliver their projects

  • Creating opportunities for Chinese and non-Chinese students to develop their working experience, skills, competencies, entrepreneurship


Outline of NAA Module

  • Aims:

    • Citizenship in the context of globalisation and China’s rise

    • Knowledge, experience and skills to work with Chinese community

    • Cooperation and contribution of stakeholders at different levels

    • Opportunities for students to design and deliver their own projects

  • Structure: (2 x 10 credits leading to NAA Awards)

    • Autumn: 6 seminars, 2 workshops 9 field visits, project proposals

    • Spring: 4 seminars, community survey, project delivery

    • Summer: 2 workshops and internship opportunities


Progress and outcomes

  • Delivery of 6 guest lectures successfully

  • Attractiveness to students 31:45

  • Wide participation: 16 schools, UG & PG

  • Workshop: exercising global citizenship

  • Student projects: 8 proposals


Guest Lecture Structure (Winter 2011)


Profiles of NAA module students


Titles of student project proposals

  • Improving English speaking and cultural understanding

  • Awareness of Chinese student in law, regulations or safety

  • Inter-racial relationships in Chinese society at Nottingham

  • Participation in politics/policy formulation for Chinese community

  • Creating a radio for Chinese/non-Chinese student communication

  • Breaking down stereotypes to create a big interactional family

  • How can assist Chinese students in utilising the NHS better?

  • Improve communications between Chinese older people and children


Sustainability: some considerations

  • More benefits to students: can the NAA module become a part of academic module?

  • Interfaces between research, training and voluntary services: can it be integrated into SCCS strategy?

  • Resource allocation: what support can SCCS provide to maximize the benefits to students?

  • Future of NCI: Should be registered as an independent social enterprise or part of SCCS/university affiliation?


Questions for group discussion

  • What are your comments on the student engagement programme initial?

  • What are benefits to the SCCS in engaging with stakeholders and Chinese communities?

  • What are your suggestions for the sustainability NCI/NAA module?


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