UWTSD's Roger Maidment was proud to be part of a delegation that has been the lead city in the 'Wales Week in Wuhan' event


UWTSD’s Roger Maidment, Dean of Faculty of Business and Management was proud to be part of a delegation that has been the lead city in the 'Wales Week in Wuhan' event, where key players from Swansea’s academic and business communities have been exploring collaboration opportunities and developing economic connections.

This visit aimed at building on the strong links already in place with Wuhan and Nantong, gave further opportunities for UWTSD to help strengthen Swansea’s role as a key driver of the Swansea Bay City Region economy in education projects.

During the visit, Roger gave a guest lecture to staff and students on the way in which narratives, simulation and role play can be applied to management education. Following in the footsteps of other academic colleagues at UWTSD, he was made a Guest Professor of the School of Management at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT).

WUT has been a partner of the University since 2005. The partnership has led to a range of exciting curriculum developments as well as opportunities for further collaboration between China and Wales.

As part of its international strategy the University has recently reaffirmed its 10 year relationship with Wuhan University of Technology in China by establishing an international college initiative - the UWTSD Wuhan Ligong College.

Roger Maidment said: "Wales Week in Wuhan has provided UWTSD with the opportunity to build upon and share with others our long-standing relationship with the Wuhan University of Technology.

"Each year around 80 Chinese students complete undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with us in Swansea, and very recently we have consolidated that relationship with the creation of Ligong College, a shared initiative embedded within UWTSD.

"The goodwill and positivity that surrounded this visit demonstrated the many synergies and opportunities for us to collaborate for the benefit of both cities, so we were delighted to be part of the delegation."

The UWTSD Wuhan Ligong 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.

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.

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."

The Wales Week in Wuhan visit followed on from a friendship agreement Swansea signed with Wuhan earlier this year that will see both cities co-operating on areas including economy, trade, transport, logistics, culture, sport, health, medicine, education and tourism.

Councillor Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “This 'Team Swansea' visit was about getting ahead of the curve, post-Brexit, for the benefit of Swansea businesses and residents.

“China is one of the world’s economic powerhouses, so we left no stone unturned during our visit to sell Swansea to leading Chinese businesspeople and government officials as we look to generate thousands of jobs for local people, boost skills and turbo-charge the Swansea economy.

 “These cities, with a combined population of over 15 million people, represent a huge opportunity for Swansea that we’re determined to make the most of. We also hope our time in China will help further promote Swansea Bay as a visitor destination, helping attract many thousands of Chinese holidaymakers here in future.

“Building on our hugely exciting regeneration plans for the city centre, a City Deal bid for the Swansea Bay City Region and the opportunity for the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, the deals we’re looking to kick-start in China will further put Swansea on the map as a business-friendly city that’s at the forefront of innovation and enterprise.”