The University of York and the China Culture Investment Group (CCIG) are working together to develop new education and industrial training provision aimed at overseas students, including Chinese students.
This initiative is based on programmes offered by the University of York’s Theatre, Film and Television Department (TFTV), including a BSc in Film and Television Production. The intention is to recruit up to 300 students a year from the People’s Republic of China and other countries to programmes which will be delivered in bespoke facilities on the York campus.
The Prime Minister David Cameron says: “This £200 million programme is a huge achievement for the University of York and will provide an excellent facility for students both from China and across the Northern Powerhouse area.”
The new programmes will be taught by University of York staff, and all academic issues, including entrance standards and quality assurance, will rest with the University. CCIG will provide investment to develop new facilities and will be responsible for recruiting students.
The Chinese film and TV industry is growing rapidly, and there is a strong requirement for highly skilled professional staff. The University of York has an outstanding reputation as a provider of high quality courses and has an established record of working in this field and of developing excellent industry relationships.
Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York (pictured middle left), and Mr Geng Zhenhao, CEO of the China Culture Investment Group (middle right), has signed a framework agreement setting out the scope of the proposed collaboration at an event at Lancaster House attended by the President of China, His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping and HRH Prince William in London.
Mr Zhenhao comments: “We are delighted to be working with the University of York in developing this important initiative. There is an ever expanding need for highly trained graduates to work in the film and television industry in China and across the world. We look forward very much to continuing our discussions with the University to deliver innovative education and industrial training programmes to overseas students including Chinese students.”
It is anticipated that the first cohort of students will enter the degree programme in September 2018.