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"
Type Public
Established 2004
Chancellor Professor Fujia Yang
Provost Professor Chris Rudd
Vice-Chancellor Professor David Greenaway[1]
Students 5,628 [2]
Undergraduates 4,962 [2]
Postgraduates 666 [2]
Other students
>400 Exchange programmes

199 Taikang East Road
Ningbo, 315100
P R China
邮编315100 Russell Group,[3]

Universitas 21,[4]


EUA., 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
University of Nottingham.svg
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.[5][6] The University of Nottingham's other overseas campus, established in 2000, is in Semenyih, Malaysia.


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.[7]

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,[8] 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 900 mu (60 hectares or 150 acres) 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 (including, allegedly the first Starbucks branch on a mainland China campus).

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.[9]

In 2011, the University opened its new Science and Engineering Building, equipped with laboratories, auditoriums and offices for the researchers and lecturers.[10] 2015 saw the launch of the GB6M Ningbo New Materials Institute within the City's HiTech Zone - developing new solutions for energy conversion, soil mechanics and composite materials. In 2016 the Lord Dearing Building was opened - a state of the art flexible learning space with tiered lecture halls and high tech, small group teaching spaces. The same year, HMA Dame Barbara Woodward opened the DH Lawrence Auditorium, a 996-seater venue for performance, graduation events and other celebrations. A second International Conference Centre was added the same year. Research facilities were expanded once more in 2017 with the opening of the 13,000m2 Sir David and Lady Susan Greenaway building, housing amongst other things the International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology and UNNC's first business incubator.


Academic leaders[edit]

The University is led by Professor Fujia Yang, former Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, Professor David Greenaway (economist), Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham and Professor Chris Rudd, Provost of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham UK. Chris Rudd succeeded the previous Provost, Professor Nick Miles OBE in August 2015. Miles was recognised in the Queen's 2013 Birthday Honours list where he was appointed an OBE for his work in furthering UK/China educational interests.

Academic departments[edit]

The University is divided into three faculties:

Faculty of Science and Engineering[edit]

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering are:

  • Department of Architecture and Built Environment
  • Department of Chemical and Environmental 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 Humanities & Social Sciences (FHSS)[edit]

Within the FHSS are:

  • School of International Studies
  • School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • School of Economics
  • Centre for English Language Education
  • School of Education
  • School of English
  • School of International Communications

Faculty of Business (FOB)[edit]

The FOB has one school:

  • Nottingham University Business School China (NUBS China)

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.


UNNC offers undergraduate degrees, masters programmes and PhD study. It recruits domestic Chinese students via Gaokao into 4 year undergraduate courses and international direct entry students from more than 50 countries. International students make up around 10% of the student population. UK students are the largest international grouping but there are also significant numbers from Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mauritius and East European countries. Programmes are taught entirely in English and the entry standards and degree awards are identical to those in Nottingham UK. The entry standards to UNNC are relatively high - 2016/17 Gaokao entry score were on average 40 and 60 points above division 1 for the arts and science gaokao respectively. 2017 entry saw a further rise to 48 points above division 1 (Arts) and 73 points above (Science). Small group teaching is a particular feature of UNNC's delivery and this reflects strongly in annual teaching evaluations which. year on year, are consistently higher than its sister campuses.

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 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fudan University to create a ‘Confucius Institute' in Nottingham in 2007.[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. In April 2016 the Nottingham-Fudan Confucius Institute opened a branch at UNNC. This is the first such CI to establish a presence in mainland China. The opening was attended by President Yang, Professor Sir David Greenaway and Hanban Director Madam Xu Lin.

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.

Around 250 undergraduate students each year transfer to Nottingham UK on 2+2 programs where they complete their studies. UNNC students perform especially strongly in STEM subjects and their degree results are generally higher than UK counterparts. More than 70% of UNNC graduates progress to further studies overseas, the majority to World top 50 Universities. 2016 saw 2 students progressing to MIT, 4 to Cambridge, 11 to Oxford, 58 to Imperial and 128 to UCL.

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. UNNC's PhD licence, granted in 2007 was updated in 2017 to permit the University to recruit 225 PhD students each year. UNNC's research is highly internationalized and this reflects strongly in its bibliometrics indicators. UNNC's Field Weighted Citation Index for 2012-16 was ahead of prestigious Chinese institutions at 1.45 (Scival) and in several disciplines (Business, Economics, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences) leads the home institution.

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 former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Colin Campbell, was awarded Honorary Citizenship of the city of Ningbo and received an Honorary Doctorate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Honorary citizenships have also been bestowed upon Sir David Greenaway and former PVC Hai-Sui Yu. 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.


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  6. ^ "A truly unique British university in China". The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  7. ^ "What makes a good university?" (PDF). The University of Nottingham. 2004-12-12. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Prescott opens new China campus". BBC. 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  9. ^ "The University of Nottingham Ningbo China - International Student Prospectus 2013" (PDF). The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  10. ^ "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