University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

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University of Nottingham offers a wide range of services to international students. These services include visas, insurance, pre-arrival advice, accommodation support, induction, monthly excursions and introductions to career advisory services and university life.

Founded
2004

Reviews

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Sven
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The stay at UNNC was a really nice and interesting experience. The campus is very well equipped, especially the sport center (for free) and all the facilities are close together. If you do not want to leave the campus you do not have to as you can get there everything. Also a food variety is given, 4 canteens and a few more restaurants are on campus and at night time there is a really good street food market right in front of the campus. However, I can strongly advice to go out of the campus, explore the city (which can be done almost in 1 day even so it is a 10 mil. people city) and especially the area around as hot springs, lakes, yellow mountains, water cities and of course Shanghai. Moreover, you can go by fast trains or flights to any other city in china and keep exploring. While you can travel a lot at the beginning and after the exams you need to make sure that you have some time to prepare for the exams (around 3-4 days) and the courseworks.

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Kiera
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UNNC is quite a unique university compares to others. It locates in Ningbo China but owns an international environment with great diversity due to the uniform system of Nottingham. As for my own staying here, I gained more than my expectation. There were a variety of organizations like the Confucius Insititute and Mandarin Corner that provided me with all kinds of activities to learn more about Chinese stuff such as Mooncake making. What's more, there are other motivating activities like lots of field trips to local companies and sessions that allowed us to meet interesting scholars. I truly feel it a worth staying and I gained beautiful memories here. To mention the city Ningbo, everything there was quite convenient and the weather was comfortable but a little bit humid.

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Wangyang
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First of all, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China is definitely a wonderful place to learn and stay, the reasons vary, for example professors are good, the infrastructure is perfect and the environment is really pleasant. Before I came here, I once hesitate and fear with maladjustment. But the truth is it's very easy to adapt myself to this place, the class is interesting and people here are very kind, professors gave me a lot of help and they are really patient whatever I ask them questions and communicate to them. Because UNNC has brought together a group of outstanding students from different countries, who really want to learn more and doing something interesting, I feel fantastic that I can study with them and meet many friends here. Additionally, there are many club activities that can enrich my life. Gymnasium in the campus is well equipped and it's also orderly and clean. I'm sure it will be an unforgettable experience in my life and I hope I can be here again.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't see the significant problem but maybe more foreign people from different countries should be adopted to enrich the student diversity.
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Zenobia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If someone asks me to describe UNNC with 3 words, it must be free,academic and rigorous. I thought UNNC would be like normal Chinese universities, forcing me to do everything under the teachers' instructions,just like what my friends told me. However, it is not, totally different experience from my friends who have studied in those universities. I study by myself most of the time and I can feel nothing different in the way of teaching from the British, and the most important thing is that I can enjoy the time with my Chinese friends, both studying and other crazy things.So many sweet memories with them, btw, I love sitting on the grassland when they teach me Chinese.:) The professors here are nice and all the students here are friendly. I think I will go for futher study here since I just fall in love with everything in this campus for no reason.:)

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Camille
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The diversification of University of Nottingham Ningbo China is the most unforgettable memory for me. I make friends with students from different countries and we share ideas across cultures. This kind of communication not only help me to know more about other cultures, but also provide many opportunities for me to practice English. Another wonderful experience is the curriculum which including lecture and seminar. We listen carefully in lectures and discuss actively in seminars. If I have trouble in understanding some knowledge, I am allowed to sent email to my tutor and make an appointment with her to get help. This model has an important influence in my courses and helps me to achieve academic goals. All in all, my life in UNNC is colorful and wonderful.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Mary Jane Ainslie

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Assistant Professor, Media and Cultural Studies
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Having lived in Asia for almost 15 years, Dr. Mary J. Ainslie specializes in culture and media throughout the region, with specific emphasis upon Thailand and Malaysia, as well as the wider intercultural links between the East and Southeast Asia regions. Previously Head of Film and Television studies at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in Kuala Lumpur, she moved to the Nottingham Ningbo campus in 2017 to further film and media studies, introducing several courses and developing creative arts.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Most of my research is based in Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand and Malaysia, so I have spent a lot of time in these countries over the past 15 years. In many of these societies, I was the only Westerner, certainly the only Western woman, and this gave me both a responsibility and an insight that has since enabled me to negotiate with people and in difficult situations particularly well. I have very fond memories of my time there, and treasure the friends I made.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I know a lot more about China! UNNC has enabled me to really grow close to China and Chinese people, in particular moving beyond crude stereotypes to realize the complexity and the beauty that underlies this culture. This has been a very important part of both my personal and professional development and has been difficult at times, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

My Chinese students who visit our UK campus always come back with interesting and quirky anecdotes that I enjoy listening to, in a kind of reverse-culture shock that makes a lot of sense to me. For instance, "why is everyone obsessed with the weather!?!' and 'actually queuing is not as important as I thought it would be."

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I am biased! I always favor my own School (International Communications) and Faculty (Humanities and Social Science), but this is because I know that our programs and my colleagues are second-to-none. Ultimately though, I would probably choose our yearly Mandarin summer school that is organized by our Language Center; it's a lot of fun and very useful.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

As the first UK campus in China, UNNC is a unique institution, offering a global environment and education. Within this, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science is incredibly diverse and offers a educational and social experience that I am proud to be a part of. In particular, our staff-student ratio is impressive, and academics are from many places - I share my workplace with individuals from all continents in the world.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

There are many! But above all, I admire coherence, respect and structure; when these qualities are expected from and valued by both staff and students, success is guaranteed on all fronts. Indeed, my students value my punctuality and professionalism, understanding that what I give I also expect to receive.

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