UWTSD lecturer visits China


Andrew Thomas, a lecturer in Sports Management at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has recently returned from a knowledge exchange visit to the Shanghai Province in China.

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During his visit, Andrew met teachers from various schools within the Shanghai region where they shared ideas and discussed their individual experiences as well as exploring opportunities for future knowledge transfer and potential placement opportunities.

“I went to the Pudong, Yangpu, Minhang, and Chongming districts of Shanghai where I visited several Senior Schools delivering presentations on culture, business and sport.  I also supported English language education within the classroom,” says Andrew Thomas who lectures at the University’s Business campus in Swansea.

“Sports Management is an ever increasing industry in China so it was interesting to see how the market is developing,” adds Andrew.

During his time in the Shanghai region, Andrew spoke to teachers and students about the Sports Management provision at UWTSD and explored the growth of the discipline in China.

“The Yangtze River and Maglev superfast train provides a transport infrastructure to support an international trade and finance centre, which is almost certain to see the future development of professional sports franchises within the region,” adds Andrew.

“There’s also an increase in Western culture, dress and customs being integrated into society in the Shanghai province which seems to have created an interesting blend of western behaviours within a traditional Chinese cultural environment.

“This shift in culture – along with the sheer volume of people and the fantastic support infrastructure that exits - is almost certain to result in the growth of the professional sports market in the next decade.   It was an extremely interesting time to visit and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the area, its people and its education system,” he continues.

As part of the University’s commitment to Internationalisation and creating Global Citizens, UWTSD has a longstanding study abroad programme and a number of reciprocal exchange programmes with partner institutions.  With links in the USA, Canada, in Europe through the Erasmus programme and in China through the Chinese Studies programme, UWTSD offers a range of international opportunities for domestic students wishing to Study abroad as well as international students wishing to study in the UK.

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