Chinese University confirms significant enhancement of its presence in Wales


As part of its international strategy the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has reaffirmed its 10 year relationship with Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China by establishing an international college initiative - the UWTSD Wuhan Ligong College.

The College will be established in Swansea and will be a major platform for WUT to send students from China to study in Wales.  Located at the University’s Mount Pleasant campus, it will develop a range of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities. 

A delegation from Wuhan University of Technology visited the University’s Mount Pleasant campus on Tuesday, 27 September where Professor Xiaoyong HUANG, Dean of WUT’s Faculty of International Education, was confirmed as the Dean of the UWTSD Wuhan Ligong College. In his address Professor Canhua KANG, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of WUT confirmed that the establishment of the college is a key development which will allow the University to establish a significant presence in Wales to enable their students to study programmes at UWTSD.

 Delegates from WUT included Professor Canhua KANG - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Xiaoyong HUANG - Dean of International College, Xiaohan LUO - Deputy Director, Vice-Chancellor's office, Kui SU - Deputy Director, Registry and Professor Jianfeng WU - Dean of Postgraduate School.  The party also had the opportunity to meet with Wuhan students currently studying at the University as part of the existing partnership agreement with UWTSD.

The establishment of the UWTSD Wuhan Ligong College builds upon the University’s existing collaborative arrangement with WUT which includes the validation of a range of programmes within Art and Design and Engineering delivered at its campus in Hubei province in eastern China, as well as providing opportunities for Chinese students to complete their degree studies at the University’s campuses in Swansea. The partnership also includes many academic and cultural reciprocal visits by staff and students of both institutions.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said : “The University’s partnership with Wuhan University of Technology has taken an important step forward which will lead to a range of exciting curriculum developments as well as opportunities for further collaboration between China and in Wales.

“The establishment of UWTSD Wuhan Ligong College is another significant step on the journey to create a new college that will allow us celebrate even greater opportunities for students, for staff and for knowledge transfer between our two institutions. The establishment of this new strategic initiative structured within a college framework also creates even more opportunities for students and companies in China to come to Wales.”

Professor Xiaoyong HUANG, Dean of the Wuhan Ligong College, said: “It is a huge honour to come to Wales and visit Swansea to celebrate the coming together of our two great institutions. We have a strong 10 year relationship and collaboration to be proud of, from just one project has sprung a multi-development programme. This is an excellent opportunity for our college to have an international relationship with University of Wales Trinity Saint David. We already feel at home here, as we have so many students in Swansea.”