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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
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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