North West College gives warm welcome to Chinese students

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Computing lectures at North West Regional College had a distinctly international feel this week as the College’s School for Science and Technology welcomed a group of staff and students from North Eastern University (NEU), in the Shenyang Province, China.

The group made a short visit to the College’s Strand Road Campus as part of the ongoing student and lecturer exchange programme, funded by the British Council.

The Connect project, which forms part of an Initiative for International Education is a five year strategy to strengthen the UK’s position in international education. In its role as a Centre of Excellence in Software Engineering, North West Regional College welcomed the 7 students and staff, who are all from NEU’s Software College – which has links with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, HP and Cisco.

The visit to the Strand Road Campus is the first leg in this year’s exchange which will see a group of the College’s Computing and IT students and lecturers travel to the Shenyang Province in mid-April on the return leg. Through the project the students from both colleges are gaining additional industry related qualifications, as well as an international perspective on the industry, which should prove invaluable as they progress to higher level programmes or into employment.

Software Engineering has been identified as one of the priority skill areas that require skilled employees to help boost the Northern Ireland economy and North West Regional College’s participation in the Connect project provides the local students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of China’s first class computer science colleges, and learn from their industry experts to complement their studies here at home.