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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

Student Engagement with the Local Chinese Community: A pilot programme

Bin Wu

School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

[email protected]


Why is this topic important

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Lecture Structure (Winter 2011)


Profiles of naa module students

Profiles of NAA module students


Titles of student project proposals

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

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

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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