Hong Kong and China Portal
The University of Kent has launched a five-year fundraising project aimed at generating £1 million to support new scholarship, student exchange and research initiatives involving Hong Kong and China. The Hong Kong and China Portal brings together a range of University programmes and initiatives, provides a focus for links between European and Chinese researchers, and offers students life-changing study and work abroad opportunities.
The fundraising project, which is actively supported by Kent's Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow, aims to raise funds to be used in three specific areas:
- To provide scholarships and hardship fund for Hong Kong and mainland Chinese students coming to Kent.
- To support funding for exchange students on short-term or one year exchanges between Kent and universities in Hong Kong and mainland China.
- To support staff and research interaction between Kent and universities in Hong Kong and mainland China.
The University is currently strengthening its research and teaching activities in mainland China and Hong Kong, and has recently welcomed both postgraduate and undergraduate students to its Canterbury campus through the European Commission-funded Linking Sino-European Universities through Mobility scheme.
As the UK's European university, Kent is ideally placed to support the strengthening of the Sino-European relationship in line with the EU's China policy. While China has undergone a dramatic change since it opened to the outside world in 1978, the EU is itself changing in ways that affect China's own strategic vision of Europe. With its extensive and well-established European links, Kent has a key contribution to make in this arena.
The University currently has over 500 students from Hong Kong and manland China, studying a variety of courses, from international foundation programmes to PhD level research. In addition, Kent's students are encouraged to make full use of a wide range of opportunities to visit China, learn its language and develop an understanding of its culture, business and life in general.
University partners in Hong Kong include the University of Hong Kong; Chinese University of Hong Kong; City University of Hong Kong; and Hong Kong Baptist University. In mainland China the University of Kent has partnerships with China Foreign Affairs University; Renmin University of China; Southwest University of Political Science and Law; and the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing.