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17th January 2017

As part of the Prosperity Fund, an ongoing international partnership funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and managed by the AoC and British Council, York College hosted a Chinese delegation from Ningbo this month.

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The visit provided an insight into the education system, the importance of Further Education and the different kinds of training programmes available to post-16 students in the UK. With an emphasis on engineering and industry, the delegation visited engineering apprentices at Nestlé and Siemens to see how the College works successfully with local employers to meet the training needs of their apprentices. The delegation also visited York Minster.

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During the two day visit, the delegation became familiar with the College campus and enjoyed meals in Ashfields, the College’s training restaurant. The delegation took particular interest in the College’s Education and Training provision and met with students to hear about their experiences.

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Ningbo Polytechnic in China were cementing a three year ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ agreement with York College which involves both institutions working together on globally networked learning. The Agreement, signed during York College’s visit to China in November 2016, will extend to exchange invitations to students for teaching purposes, study abroad and cultural exchange opportunities for students from both institutions, joint research activities and curriculum co-operation and Teacher Training programmes.

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Andrea Shepherd, York College Assistant Principal (International), said: “We were delighted to show our Chinese colleagues the exceptional work that goes on in our College. China is a rapidly developing country and we would like to grow alongside them. This partnership will benefit our students enormously, giving them a greater awareness of international cultures and exposure to a completely different perspective. Now that our Chinese partners have seen what York College has to offer, we are excited to start working together on some fantastic opportunities which will mutually benefit both organisations.”

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