Located on the bustling coast of east China’s Zhejiang province, the University of Nottingham Ningbo provides a thriving backdrop home to 8.5 million people. This institution is the ultimate choice for those seeking an international education that combines academic excellence with an integrative cultural experience.
Diversity is a priority at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This school understands that an international community is at the core of a flourishing academic body. Attracting leading professors and ambitious students from all over the world, the faculty has the highest concentration of international members within the university.
This allows those in the faculty to gain a broadened perspective as they mingle with diverse cultures, both in the academic setting and beyond.
While the campus culture is an education in itself, studying in Ningbo is a unique experience that allows students to embrace the Chinese way of business and life. China has become a powerhouse of the past decade, now representing the world’s biggest economy, with strong international influence.
Gaining an education in this growing economy prepares students to navigate the global landscape beyond graduation no matter which industry they choose to build their career in. Understanding the workings of the world’s fastest-growing economy will allow students to apply this knowledge beyond their education to kickstart their working lives.
To further enrich the educational experience offered at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has a comprehensive mobility scheme that allows students to complete part of their studies abroad, giving them a deeper sense of what the world has to offer.
Students can follow their passion within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences through seven schools dedicated to its core fields. These schools are: the School of Economics, the School of Education, the School of English, the School of International Communications, the School of International Studies, the Language Centre and the Centre for English Language Education.
The range of areas covered in these seven schools mean postgraduate students have the opportunity to follow the academic path they deem the most valuable, benefitting from a broad community of international academics and students with a range of interests and expertise.
“Our programmes – at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level – in International Studies (mixing International Politics and History), International Communications, Education, English, and Economics will help you make sense of the world, understand the problems we face, and equip you with the knowledge and critical skills to contribute to their solution,” explains Professor Gary Rawnsley, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The faculty maintains this academic standard across all Master’s programmes, whether it’s the interdisciplinary MA in International Relations and World History – which explores the contemporary relationship between the fields and how the issues came into being – the MA in International Relations and International Business or the MSc in Business, Economics and Society of Contemporary China.
“You will study with not only foreign teachers, but also foreign classmates. You can come up with your own opinion and communicate with them during or after the class. I believe your global vision will be enhanced by exchanging idea with people from different countries and cultures,” says Titing Wang, graduate of the International Economics and Trade programme.
“Additionally, you will get the chance to study at the University of Nottingham UK campus in Year 3 as an exchange student, which could help you adapt to a new environment easily and study effectively in a foreign country. Also, your communication skills and cultural knowledge will also be enriched by interacting with multinational students.”
Students are also encouraged to take a second language alongside their studies to give them more international opportunities beyond graduation. French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin are on offer, meaning students can verse themselves in an array of world languages, ready to communicate no matter where their degree takes them.
These courses are tailored to propel students forward in their careers, with an emphasis on industry-relevant knowledge taught by leading academics.
“The Faculty is lucky to attract experts from around the world, all of whom are active researchers. We are pushing the boundaries of our subjects, shaping and reshaping the disciplines, and making sure that our teaching is informed by our research,” says the Dean.
International collaboration is at the heart of the faculty. With a range of overseas students jumping at the chance to study in China and other global hubs, the University of Nottingham Ningbo is truly committed to producing worldly graduates ready to tackle whatever life throws at them.