10 November 2016

A set of three new degree programmes is now open to applications from students who want to be able to tackle the big challenges facing the world in the areas of international relations, environmental sustainability and international management – complex issues which can only be tackled if we approach them through an interdisciplinary approach and take China’s rise into account.

To respond to the demands of these complex global issues Lancaster University is launching three new and interconnected degree programmes: BA International Relations in Contemporary China; BA Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary China, and BA International Management in Contemporary China. All three degrees include a year abroad and work experience.

Dr Astrid Nordin, who has developed the new courses, explains: “All large companies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations now need to take China into account in their work. Students who aren’t Chinese need to understand how China fits into the world’s complex problems, and how it can be part of the solution. Employers are now looking for graduates who can speak the Chinese language, who have lived in China, and who have experience of working with business and stakeholders on questions relating to China. Chinese students who want to work for international companies or organisations inside or outside of China will also benefit from the truly international perspective on China’s role in the world that they will get from these degrees at Lancaster and at our prestigious partner universities. Graduates will be able to take up a range of attractive and important jobs around the world, and contribute to making the world a better place.”

Students on the degree schemes will take their first year in Lancaster, go abroad for their second year, and come back to Lancaster for study and work placement in their final year. Professor Shen Wei, Director of the Lancaster University Confucius Institute, comments: “It is very timely that Lancaster is launching this course as China is currently facing many challenges as it continues to establish itself on the world stage. All students on these new degrees will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of the role China plays in the big problems facing the world. They will be able to understand how the world’s big issues and China’s role in them are viewed from different parts of the world, how different disciplines can help address them, and how they are put in practice by businesses and stakeholders. On top of the reduction to 15% of normal fees paid by students during their year abroad, the Confucius Institute is delighted to be able to make the degrees more affordable for students by offering a bursary to those who go to China in their second year.”

For further details about the new BA Hons in Contemporary China, or to arrange for a representative to visit your school, please contact the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at ppr@lancaster.ac.uk.


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