9 June 2017

Solent University and Business South talk entrepreneurship education with Chinese delegation

Southampton Solent University welcomed over twenty delegates from across Central and Western China as part of a leadership training programme for University Presidents, Vice Presidents and other senior officials.

Solent University, Business South and delegates at the Spark building, Solent UniversityRun by the National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA), a leadership development body that operates under the authority of the Chinese Ministry of Education, Solent is one of four British institutions to host the delegation during their visit.


24 delegates from 22 different Chinese universities, as well as representatives from NAEA and the Ministry of Education, took part in a four-day programme that included lectures, workshops and interactive sessions delivered by Solent staff, industry guests and representatives from the Southampton business community.


The NAEA asked Solent to focus on University and Industry Cooperation and with this in mind, the University organised a round table discussion with Business South to highlight best practice in building industry partnerships and developing an entrepreneurial culture.


The delegates heard about the importance and value of the relationship between the University and Business South and the opportunities it brings for students, academic staff, employers and the community.


Christine Fountain, Associate Professor and Head of FE / HE at Solent University, said: “Ensuring our academics keep up to date with industry trends and enhancing their business acumen is fundamental to the delivery of our teaching and learning at Solent and our passion for developing employable graduates.


“The Chinese delegation were keen to hear more about how working closely with the region’s business community can not only improve local understanding of economy and skills, it also offers us a window into the global picture, through our work with national and international organisations.”


Hazel Warwick, chair of Business South, said:

'We were delighted to be part of this year’s delegation & to explain how our partnership with Southampton Solent University not only strengthens business, but also looks at growing our talent, of who will be key to those businesses and our economy in the future.

Southampton Solent University were a founder Champion of Business South a decade ago. Our partnership has gone from strength to strength as we celebrate 10 years of the Champion Programme in 2017.'


The programme also included a presentation from the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, a tour of Warsash Maritime Academy and Re:So, the University’s student managed award winning retail store, an introduction to the China Centre (Maritime), and updates from academic staff on research projects and best practices in incorporating industry cooperation and entrepreneurship education into the curriculum.


Speaking at a city presentation ceremony in the Parlour of the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, Mr Li Qiyong, President of Guizhou University of Engineering Science, said: "In the past week we have had in depth discussions with Southampton Solent University on subjects pertaining to higher education, specifically about the cultural mission of universities and the relationship between research and teaching and learning.

“…the staff from Southampton Solent University have given us tremendous support and help. In China we have an ancient saying; One day of teaching, one whole life of friendship, so upon receiving our certificates today may we establish a lifelong partnership.”


Since December 2014, Solent has delivered educational programming to over 94 individuals from 85 different universities and institutions in China through the NAEA Overseas Leadership Program for Chinese University Leaders.

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