University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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The University of Nottingham
Ningbo China
Motto Latin: Sapientia urbs conditur
Motto in English "A City is built on Wisdom"
Established 2004
Type Public
Chancellor Professor Fujia Yang
Provost Professor Nick Miles OBE
Vice-Chancellor Professor David Greenaway[1]
Students 5,628 [2]
Undergraduates 4,962 [2]
Postgraduates 666 [2]
Other students >400 Exchange programmes
Location Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
29°48′08″N 121°33′33″E / 29.8022°N 121.5592°E / 29.8022; 121.5592Coordinates: 29°48′08″N 121°33′33″E / 29.8022°N 121.5592°E / 29.8022; 121.5592
Campus Urban
Colours Blue, White and Grey             
Affiliations University of Nottingham
Zhejiang Wanli Education Group
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Satellite campus of the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is an overseas campus of The University of Nottingham, situated in the city of Ningbo in the coastal province of Zhejiang, near Shanghai, China. The university was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China, in 2004, with the approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is run by The University of Nottingham (UK) with cooperation from Zhejiang's Wanli Education Group.[3][4]


In 2004, Dr. Chen Zhili, Councillor of the State Council of the People's Republic of China and former Education Minister, launched the China Policy Institute,[citation needed] a think-tank which produces research and policy papers to help build a more informed dialogue between China and the UK and to guide government and business strategies.

Professor Lu Yongxiang, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, came to Nottingham where he was awarded an honorary degree and gave a keynote speech to a university conference on traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Chen, Councillor of the State Council of the People's Republic of China and former Education Minister received her honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Nottingham in 2003. Professor Yang Fujia has been appointed sixth Chancellor of the university.[5]

The university admitted its first students in 2004 for Arts and Social Science subjects. The 146 acre (591,333m²) campus was launched on 6 September 2005 by British Prime Minister Tony Blair from Beijing in a broadcast for China Central Television. It was officially opened on 23 February 2006 by British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott,[6] in the presence of Chinese education minister Zhou Ji and State Counsellor Chen Zhili.[citation needed]

The President of the University is Professor Yang Fujia, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and former President of Fudan University.


The University is situated within the Ningbo Higher Education Park on the outskirts of the city under the jurisdiction of Yinzhou District, Ningbo. The campus features Chinese and English gardens, lakes, sports centre, student residencies, library, academic and administration buildings, staff accommodation and a high street for a range of shops, restaurants and coffee outlets.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) which opened in September 2008 is the site of China's first zero-carbon building and provides laboratory facilities as well as offices and seminar accommodation.[7]

In 2011, the University opened its new Science and Engineering Building, equipped with laboratories, auditoriums and offices for the researchers and lecturers.[8]


Academic leaders[edit]

The University is led by Professor Fujia Yang, Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, Professor David Greenaway (economist), Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham and Professor Nick Miles OBE, Provost and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Professor Nick Miles succeeded the previous Provost, Professor Roger Woods, in April 2010 and was recognised in the Queen's 2013 Birthday Honours list where he was awarded an OBE for his work in furthering UK/China educational interests.

Academic departments[edit]

The University is divided into three faculties:

Faculty of Arts and Education[edit]

Within the Faculty of Arts and Education are:

  • Centre for English Language Education
  • School of Education
  • School of English
  • School of International Communications

Faculty of Science and Engineering[edit]

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering are:

  • Department of Architecture and Built Environment
  • Department of Chemical and Environmenal Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Geographical Sciences
  • Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Division of Computer Science

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

Within the Faculty of Social Sciences are:

  • School of International Studies
  • Nottingham University Business School China
  • School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • School of Economics

Outside of the faculty structure the Graduate School supports postgraduate students and early career researchers.

To support the academic output of the University, administrative departments are managed centrally overseen ultimately by the provost.


As well as establishing bilateral links with some 60 Chinese universities, The University of Nottingham has student exchange agreements and joint research projects with most of China's top universities. This includes institutions within the Universitas 21 alliance of leading international universities, such as Fudan and Shanghai Jiao Tong.

The University of Nottingham has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fudan University to create a ‘Confucius Institute' in Nottingham.[citation needed] It is dedicated to the expansion of existing links with schools, business, government, community groups and the Chinese cultural community to promote the teaching of Chinese language and contemporary Chinese culture. The Confucius Institute will also promote academic links with Chinese universities and showcase contemporary Chinese popular art and media, including films, television programmes and the creative arts such as painting, photography, literature, music and the performing arts.

The University of Nottingham has teaching and research links with China in fields such as satellite technology, the environment, education and law. Nottingham has experienced an increase in its research activity with Chinese universities and has seen a huge increase in the number of Chinese students wishing to study in the UK. In addition to the Chinese students coming to Nottingham, more than 1,400 students from the UK and around the world are taking courses about on China in the university's School of Contemporary Chinese Studies. The School enables students to take a range of 'with Chinese Studies' degrees, for example Management with Chinese. Courses have been established in Mathematics with Chinese Studies, and Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Chinese Studies.

Research and innovation[edit]

The University is active in research, collaborating within China as well as internationally, particularly with The University of Nottingham UK. One of aims of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China's research is to bring the research expertise of The University of Nottingham UK to China.

University research institutes are:

Cultural links[edit]

The University has a scholarship programme with Hunan University and a joint appointment with the famous Tsinghua University in Beijing, focusing on international collaboration. It is working on e-learning initiatives with Chinese institutions. The University of Nottingham's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Colin Campbell, has been awarded Honorary Citizenship of the city of Ningbo and recently received an Honorary Doctorate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Economic development agencies within the United Kingdom are now based at the campus of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. The City of Nottingham is twinned with the City of Ningbo, and there are well established cultural and community projects in both England and China. Welbeck Primary School in Nottingham has a link with Jiangdong Central Primary school in Ningbo, China, along with five other Nottingham schools. Students from Ningbo visiting the UK for study now undertake volunteering work within local schools helping to widen appreciation of Chinese culture and lifestyle.


  1. ^ "Staff Listing – The University of Nottingham". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fast facts about UNNC - The University of Nottingham Ningbo China". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  3. ^ "One foot in the future". Times Higher Education. 2004-04-02. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  4. ^ "A truly unique British university in China". The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  5. ^ "What makes a good university?". The University of Nottingham. 2004-12-12. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Prescott opens new China campus". BBC. 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  7. ^ "The University of Nottingham Ningbo China - International Student Prospectus 2013". The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  8. ^ "New science, engineering building - another milestone for UNNC". The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 

External links[edit]

The University of Nottingham campus links

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) links